Christopher A. Lewis is a Partner and the Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion for Blank Rome LLP. He concentrates his practice in the energy industry and public utility law, representing utilities, electric generation suppliers, developers, and others in regulatory proceedings, litigation, and transactional matters.
As Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion, Mr. Lewis is responsible for initiating, implementing, and monitoring strategies to promote diversity and inclusion throughout Blank Rome, a multinational law firm with 14 offices in the United States. Mr. Lewis reports directly to the Managing Partner of the firm and serves as an ex-officio observer to the firm’s Executive Committee and its Partner Board, the firm’s two governance bodies. He is also Co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, a member of the firm’s Recruiting and Retention Committee, and a member of the firm’s Political Action Committee.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. In 2012, he received a Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council, and in 2011 he was selected as a 2011 Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Mr. Lewis is currently the Chairman of the Philadelphia Energy Authority and a Trustee on the Council of Trustees of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He also currently serves as a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which screens candidates for Senators Casey and Toomey in connection with potential appointment to the federal bench.
Mr. Lewis is a 1975 graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude in Government, and a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Lewis served in Governor Robert P. Casey’s administration from 1989-1991 as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the agency head for Pennsylvania’s Department of State, and from 1987-1989 as Executive Deputy in the Office of General Counsel.
In 2000, Governor Ridge appointed Mr. Lewis to the Judicial Conduct Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the state agency that investigates and prosecutes judges for ethical misconduct. In 2004, Mr. Lewis served as Chair of the Judicial Conduct Board.
In 2008, Mr. Lewis was selected as an Elector for the 2008 Electoral College. Mr. Lewis was a member of the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama. Mr. Lewis was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, pledged to Sen. Obama, elected from the 7th Congressional District in Pennsylvania.
He is married to Kimberly C. Nesmith, a licensed cosmetologist, and has two children: Hope, a graduate of Wellesley College and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, and Vance, a graduate of Howard University, and a former Teach for America corps member.
Mr. Lewis’ interests include golf, sailing, scuba, adventure travel, computer programming, Michigan football, and step aerobics. He is a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Boule.