Mr. Lewis M. Steel

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  • 685 Third Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10017
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LEWIS M. STEEL works on a wide range of class actions and individual cases, generally involving racial and sexual discrimination matters as well as labor law violations. Presently, as a member of an Outten & Golden team, he has been ligating class action claims challenging the invalidated use by employers of criminal records to deny applicants jobs, including the ground breaking Gonzales v. Pritzker settlement against the United States Census Bureau, for which Mr. Steel and the team received the 2017 Public Justice Award. Mr. Steel has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years.

Before joining Outten & Golden, Mr. Steel handled a wide range of civil rights cases involving housing and zoning discrimination, as well as police brutality and criminal cases. He served as co-lead counsel in the Rubin Carter/John Artis case for which he was honored by the New York Criminal Bar Association in 2000. Moreover, New York Law School has awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his civil rights work and he has been an adjunct professor of law there.

Mr. Steel’s precedent-setting employment discrimination decisions include Sumitomo Shoji America, Inc. v. Avagliano, 457 U.S. 176, which established that American subsidiaries of foreign corporations must obey American civil rights laws. In the Sumitomo case and other employment discrimination class actions he has negotiated far-reaching settlements and monitored the companies’ performance. He now works on a range of class action cases involving sexual and racial discrimination, overtime claims, and tipping issues. Mr. Steel recently negotiated a ground-breaking settlement of pay, promotion, and retaliation claims for a class of African-American and Hispanic New York City Department of Parks and Recreation employees.

Mr. Steel graduated from Harvard College in 1958 and from New York Law School in 1963, where he was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
929-900-3551  Phone
212-245-1000  Phone
(646) 509-2060  Fax
University Attended:
Harvard College, B.A., 1958; New York Law School, Honorary D.L.
Law School Attended:
New York Law School, LL.B., 1963
Year of First Admission:
1967, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; 1968, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 1967, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 1963, New York; 1973, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Mr. Steel, who began his career in 1964 on the Legal Staff of the NAACP, is a Former President of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and has served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association.
Birth Information:
New York, New York, April 25, 1937
Reported Cases:
Wright v. Stern, 450 F. Supp 3rd 335 (SDNY 2006); Avagliano v. Sunitomo Shoji America Inc., 457 US 176 (1982); Huntington Branch, NAACP v. Town of Huntington, 844 F.2d 926 (2d Cir), aff'd 109 S. Ct. 276 (1988); Carter v. Rafferty, 621 F.Supp. 533 (D.N.J.), aff'd 826 F.2d 1299 (3rd Cir. 1987); Ethridge v. Rhodes, 268 F.Supp 83 (D.C. Ohio 1968).
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