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Honigman partner Denise J. Lewis named one of twenty “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

September 9, 2010

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman) is pleased to announce that Denise J. Lewis, a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department, has been named one of 20 “Women in the Law” for 2010 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a legal newspaper. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on criteria including a commitment to excellence in the practice of law, being an inspiring and accomplished leader in the profession, serving as a mentor to other women and contributing a significant amount of time and effort to volunteerism and pro bono work.

Lewis was honored along with the 19 other attorneys in a special August 30th section in the publication, and will be honored at a luncheon at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Mich., on September 16, 2010.

She has had a leading role in some of the most significant development projects for the Detroit area’s business community, including the new film studio, 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.

In addition to being honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Lewis has received recognition from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2005 to 2010; Best Lawyers in America in 2010; Michigan Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2009, and was named as one of the Michigan Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women, 2006-2009. She 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. Additionally, Lewis has been elected to the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Lewis has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the McGregor Fund and Vice Chair of the Detroit Zoological Society. She also serves on the Finance and Investment Committee for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Investment Committee for the Detroit Investment Fund. She is also a Governor Emeritus for Wayne State University.

Lewis joined Honigman in 1983 and has served on its Board of Directors since 2007. She is also Honigman’s Diversity Partner. She earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Wayne State University and a B.A., cum laude, from Columbia University.