Eric Lewis practices in the areas of international insolvency, cross border disputes, serious fraud, banking and securities litigation.  He has had a central role in disputes arising out of virtually all of the major international fraud and financial collapses of the last quarter century, including serving as counsel to the liquidators of Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Carlyle Capital Corporation, Madoff International, China Medical Devices and Akai Electronics.  He has served as lead counsel in numerous cases involving collateralized debt obligations and other complex asset backed securities.  He served as Global Legal Coordinator in a multinational dispute arising from the largest fraud in the history of the Middle East.  He also advises and litigates on behalf of banks and their owners, located in Europe, South America and the Middle East, banking resolution entities in the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as hedge funds and family-owned Middle East conglomerates.  He also represents a number of sovereign governments.

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Congress of International Legal Studies
  • Elected Member of the American Law Institute
  • Chairman Reprieve US
  • Vice Chairman, Global Rights
  • Observer with Special Consultative Status, 61st Meeting of United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, Geneva (2005)
  • Panelist, International Enforcement of Judgments, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Washington (2005)
  • Presenter of numerous papers on litigation problems to international audiences
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation


  • Law Clerk to The Honorable David L. Bazelon, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Liquidators of BCCI in what was the largest bank collapse, largest multinational fraud and largest restitution in history.
  • Represent Australian hedge fund in a series of cases against major NY investment banks in fraud claims relating to Collateralized Debt Obligations.
  • Represent former senior FIFA official in proceedings in the US and extradition proceedings abroad.
  • Represent large Saudi merchant family in litigation against banks and others  in $10 billion fraud.
  • Represent majority shareholders of European Bank in litigation against US Government for wrongful closure under USA Patriot Act.
  • Represented dissident shareholder in dispute over management of international bank.
  • Represented two Kuwaiti detainees who were cleared for release by Periodic Review Boards at Guantanamo.
  • Represented Chinese company in liquidation in dispute regarding internal investigation undertaken prior to collapse.
  • Represented prominent Venezuelan businessman in litigation surrounding collapse of investment fund.
  • Represented former British detainees in civil claims for torture and religious abuse at Guantanamo.

Publications & Events

In the News


  • Yale Law School (J.D. 1983), Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal
  • Cambridge University (M. Phil., Fulbright Scholar, 1980)
  • Princeton University (A.B. 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York