J. Paul Lewis

J. Paul Lewis: Attorney with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP


Paul has experience in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation evaluation through trial. His practice includes the defense of a wide variety claims from motor vehicle accidents and wrongful deaths to landlord tenant habitability and Fair Employment and Housing. He has significant experience handling personal injury cases involving exposure to mold, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, pesticides and Legionella pneumophilia (Legionnaire’s Disease). He has worked on these types of cases throughout the United States as part of a National Environmental Counsel team. He was been admitted pro hac vice in Indiana for three years for a pesticide exposure case and one year in North Dakota for a mold exposure case.

Paul also regularly defends claims involving traumatic brain injuries, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, commercial lease disputes, breach of contract, unlawful debt collection and violations of automatic bankruptcy stays.

In addition to litigation, Paul does Real Estate and Corporate transactional work. He has formed numerous corporations set up as Single Purpose Entities (SPE) for real estate holdings and in conjunction with large multifamily residential loans. Acting as Borrower’s counsel, he has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. His experience includes preparing bylaws, resolutions for board of directors, certifications of trust, incumbency certificates, Borrower Opinion letters, Guarantor Opinion letters, complex Non-Consolidation Opinion letters (including unique shared facility use agreements with neighboring properties), drafting Commercial Property Management Agreements, Subordination Agreements and reviewing Borrower Swap Agreements with domestic and international banks and Interest Rate Cap (LIBOR) Agreements.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General Liability and Casualty
  • Hospitality
  • Legionnaires'/Infectious Disease
  • Mass Torts and Class-Action Defense
  • Mold and Water Damage
  • Property Management and Tenant Litigation
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619-849-4929  Phone
619-849-4950  Fax
University Attended:
Loyola Marymount University, B.A., 2007
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego, J.D., 2010
Year of First Admission:


San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member

The Welch Inns of Court, Alumni Member


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San Diego, California

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