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Honigman Partner Denise J. Lewis named to St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees

March 29, 2012

Denise J. Lewis, a Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for St. John Providence Health System, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in Michigan and one of the largest employers in metro Detroit.

Lewis has shown her commitment to the metro Detroit community through her service on the boards of several nonprofit organizations over the years, and she has contributed her skills and talents to these organizations in working for the betterment of the community. She is currently on the board of the Detroit Zoological Society and serves as Vice Chair, and she is a member of the board of the McGregor Fund, serving as chair of the Audit Committee. In addition, she is a member of the board of the Public School Academies of Detroit (PSAD) and the Investment Committee for Invest Detroit.

As a member of Honigman’s Real Estate Department, Lewis has had a leading role in some of the most significant real estate development projects for the Detroit area’s business community, including the Raleigh Michigan Studios; Compuware headquarters; the General Motors Renaissance Center; the Tech Town research park; the Book Cadillac Hotel; the Marathon Oil refinery expansion; and campus development for the College for Creative Studies.

Lewis represents national and regional developers in complex transactions that include public-private partnerships, urban redevelopment and mixed-use development. She also handles multi-tiered transactions involving shopping centers, office buildings, restaurants, single-family residences, hospitals, apartment complexes and industrial facilities.

Lewis has received recognition in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2005 to 2011; in Best Lawyers in America in 2010 to 2012; and in Michigan Super Lawyers as one of Michigan top 100 lawyers from 2006 to 2011. Lewis received the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Top Ten Michigan Business Woman Award in 2008 and earned the “Powerful Women in the Legal Field” Award from the Rhonda Walker Foundation in the same year.

She was recently honored by the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Committee for her role as the first African American and first female director of the City of Detroit’s Personnel Department. Lewis also was named one of 20 “Women in the Law” for 2010 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Lewis earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. from Wayne State University and a B.A., cum laude, from Columbia University.

About St. John Providence Health System
St. John Providence Health System is one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan and one of the largest employers in metro Detroit. St. John Providence Health System provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties. For more information visit www.stjohnprovidence.org.