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Timothy K. Lewis, once the nation’s youngest federal judge, has joined his second law firm since departing from the bench in 1999. The Pittsburgh-based Lewis has signed on at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis as of counsel, 18 months after leaving Buchanan Ingersoll. Though the firm issued a press release about its new addition, Lewis declined to comment for this story. Buchanan Ingersoll chairman William Newlin would only confirm, through a firm spokeswoman, that Lewis left in late 2000. Schnader Harrison chairman Ralph Wellington said he believes Lewis has been handling mediation work since leaving Buchanan Ingersoll. Wellington said he courted Lewis because of his stature and skills. “He [has] a superb mind, as people recognize,” Wellington said. “He will bring to us a great litigation capacity on appellate work. … He is a terrific litigator.” Lewis will focus his practice on complex arbitration and mediation, corporate and commercial litigation, and federal and state criminal matters. While Lewis will be based in Schnader Harrison’s Pittsburgh office, Wellington said, he expects Lewis’ reputation to expand beyond the borders of Pittsburgh. “He is unique. His talents are unique,” Wellington said. “We love unique legal talent, which is why we reached out to him.” Lewis stepped down from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April 1999 to join Buchanan Ingersoll. While at Buchanan, Lewis focused his practice on complex civil litigation, including white-collar criminal cases, corporate and commercial litigation, and counseling and corporate investigative matters. Because of his relative youth and his status as a former 3rd Circuit judge, Lewis was touted heavily by Newlin upon his joining the firm. “He is not joining us in an advisory capacity,” Newlin said at the time. “Because of his young age, he’ll be practicing full bore. And what a great opportunity for a client to have someone working on their case that has so much personal experience as a trial and appellate judge.” The then-37-year-old Lewis was the youngest federal circuit judge in the nation at the time of his 1992 appointment by President Bush. At the time he stepped down, Lewis remained one of the youngest federal judges and was only the 38th federal judge in American history to leave the bench prior to retirement. Bush had originally appointed Lewis a U.S. district court judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania in July 1991 — 11 years after he graduated from law school. He was elevated to the appeals court 15 months later. Before becoming a judge, Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania’s Western District and as an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County.

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