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Denise J. Lewis Receives National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Breakthrough Award

March 13, 2008

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, together with the National Association of Women Business Owners' (NAWBO) greater-Detroit chapter, today announced that firm partner and board member, Denise Lewis, has been named as the recipient of the organization's Breakthrough Award for 2008.  

"We would like to join NAWBO in congratulating Denise for her many contributions to Detroit's community of women business leaders," said David Foltyn, CEO of Honigman.  "We are committed to fostering excellence and diversity among our firm's leadership and are proud of Denise's professional accomplishments and community involvement."

Each year the greater Detroit chapter of NAWBO selects a woman business owner who has overcome obstacles to positions of leadership, or removed obstructions for other women in the workplace, to receive its Breakthrough Award.  

Lewis received her award at NAWBO's Top 10 Michigan Business Women luncheon hosted by the organization's greater-Detroit chapter on Thursday, March 13, at the Detroit Yacht Club.  

As a senior partner in Honigman's Real Estate Department, Lewis focuses her practice on urban redevelopment projects, shopping centers and multifamily residential projects. She specializes in handling complex deals that involve public/private partnerships and utilize creative financing structures, often including tax incentives and tax credits.  

Lewis has been nationally recognized for three consecutive years by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Lawdragon as one of the Top 500 Dealmakers in America in 2007.  The Black Women Contracting Association named Lewis Best Attorney in 2005, and the 2007 Michigan Super Lawyers recognized her as one of the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers.  Lewis notably has served as a counselor in Detroit downtown development and construction projects including the Compuware headquarters, the Book Cadillac Hotel and the Research and Technology Park at Wayne State University.