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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Bond Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cake (Red Velvet)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Bond Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cake (Red Velvet)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Attorney David Baker Lewis was born on June 9, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan to Dorothy Florence Baker Lewis and Walton Adams Lewis. Lewis attended St. Peter Claver School, Courville Elementary School, Nolan Junior High School and graduated from John J. Pershing High School in 1962. As a business administration student at Oakland University, Lewis spent the summer of 1964 as an intern with Holderbank Financiere Glarus in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1965, Lewis earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Oakland University and later interned at Chicago’s Northern Trust Bank in 1966. In 1965, Lewis obtained his M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was president of the Business Club. In 1967, Lewis enrolled in University of Michigan Law School earning his J.D. degree from there in 1970.

Lewis worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore Levin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan while teaching for the University of Michigan’s African American Studies Department. In 1971, Lewis joined the law firm of Patmon, Young and Kirk Professional Corporation. He also served as an associate professor of law for the Detroit College of Law from 1972 to 1978. In 1972, Lewis, along with two other black lawyers, formed Lewis, White and Clay (now Lewis & Munday) – a professional corporation. Lewis served as president of the firm from 1972 to 1982 at which time he became chairman of the board. In 2001, Lewis & Munday ranked sixteenth nationally among all bond counsel and twentieth among all underwriter counsel firms in the country. Lewis served as a member of the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board from 1978 to 1983. He has also been a board member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Institute of American Business, the National Association of Securities Professionals, Conrail, Inc., LG&E Corporation, Paradies Metro Ventures, Comerica, Inc., TRW, Inc., M.A. Hanna Company, Fife Electric Co., Lakefront Capitol Advisors, Inc., Lewis and Thompson Agency, Inc., the Detroit Edison Securitization Funding, LLC, Kroger Company, the Police Foundation and H&R Block.

Lewis has been a Fellow of the American Bar Association and a member of the board of trustees of Oakland University, and the Oakland University Foundation. Lewis was awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from both the University of Detroit Mercy in 1991 and Central Michigan University in 2001. In 1995, he received the Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David Baker Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls his maternal family's history of activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls his maternal grandfather's personal injury lawsuit
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes his family's vacations to Idlewild, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's educational background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis talks about his father's W. A. Lewis Insurance Agency
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes how he takes after his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis remembers his father's entrepreneurialism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis talks about his half-brother, Robert Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis describes the Conant Gardens neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis recalls segregation in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences at integrated schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers John J. Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's activism in the community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis describes his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about the Detroit Red Wings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls the role of religion in his upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - David Baker Lewis remembers his high school prom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - David Baker Lewis recalls aspiring to play football at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of David Baker Lewis' interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes his decision to attend Michigan State University-Oakland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers his mentors at Michigan State University-Oakland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis recalls his trip to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences at Michigan State University-Oakland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis describes his decision to attend the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis remembers receiving the Alfred G. Wilson Award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis describes his internship at the Northern Trust Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis talks about his mentors at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis recalls his influences at University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls playing football with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers the riots in Detroit, Michigan in 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his experience at University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis remembers working at W.A. Lewis Insurance Agency
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about Harold Cruse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls Carl Stokes' mayoral election in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis recalls his involvement in the Black Action Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his involvement in the Black Action Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis recalls his decision to join Patmon, Young and Kirk, PC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his clerkship for Judge Theodore Levin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers founding the law firm of Lewis, White, and Clay, PC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis talks about Judge Damon J. Keith
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his partners at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls his role in Coleman Young's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis recalls his early career at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls his early career at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis remembers trying employment discrimination cases
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes his litigation on behalf of the City of Detroit
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his involvement in the expansion of Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his public finance practice in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes the growth of his law firm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes the role of his M.B.A. degree in his law career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his role on the board of Consolidated Rail Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis talks about his corporate board membership
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about joint M.B.A. degree programs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis remembers Coleman Young, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis remembers Coleman Young, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes the African American leaders of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes the African American leaders of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis explains why he did not seek political office
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls the influence of his family and coworkers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes how he would like to be remembered