H. Lee Lewis

Partner since 2018

Practicing Since 2013

Phone: (509) 662-3685

Lee joined JDSA in 2013 and maintains a robust general litigation practice, focusing on appellate law.  As an appellate attorney, Lee navigates clients through the unique appeals process in a broad range of legal areas, including civil procedure, construction defect, criminal investigation, workplace harassment, and class action, to name a few.  In addition, Lee is available to prepare emergency petitions and amicus curiae briefs, and consults with trial attorneys during pre-trial motions and at trial to ensure preservation of any appealable issues. 

Lee also practices in construction law, assisting owners, contractors, and sureties in the drafting and negotiation of contracts, the administration of project obligations, and the preparation, prosecution, and defense of claims.  

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Representative Appellate Cases

Representative Appellate Cases:

  • Gen. Constr. Co. v. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 2 of Grant Cty., 195 Wn. App. 698, 380 P.3d 636 (2016) —Reversed trial court’s order denying summary judgment dismissal of a portion of plaintiff’s $20M construction claim.  The Court also reaffirmed the Supreme Court’s ruling in Mike M. Johnson v. County of Spokane that a contractor’s failure to follow contractual notice and claim provisions bars the contractor’s right to purse a claim. 
  • Mikolajczak v. Mann, 1 Wn. App. 2d 493, 406 P.3d 670 (2017) — Reversed trial court’s order denying summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s statutory disability discrimination claims.  In an issue of first impression, persuaded the Court that employees of sole proprietorships could not be combined with employees of artificial entities to meet WLAD’s eight-or-more employee threshold.  
  • Heideman v. Chelan Cty., No. 33093-1-III, 2016 Wash. App. LEXIS 1040 (Ct. App. May 10, 2016) (Unpublished)—Successfully defended summary judgment dismissal of claims of negligent investigation brought against client Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. 
  • Bess v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, Ltd. Liab. Co., No. 15-35550 , 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 5968 (9th Cir. Mar. 9, 2018) (Unpublished)—obtained reversal of the District Court’s Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of class action brought against a residential lender whom the class alleges entered into their homes, changed, their locks, and removed personal property in contravention of Washington law.

Pending Cases:

  • Stetner v. City of Quincy, No. 17-35067 (9th Cir.) (Filed June 6, 2017) —Seeking reversal of District Court’s partial summary judgment dismissal of Plaintiff’s State and Federal sex harassment/hostile work environment claims against a public employer whom Plaintiff alleges failed to take reasonable steps to deter sexual harassment after being aware of previous harassment in the workplace. 
  • Garcia v. City of Spokane, et al., No. 15-35557 (9th Cir.) (Filed March 28, 2017)—Seeking affirmation of jury verdict dismissal of Plaintiff’s Constitutional wrongful search claims against Corrections Sergeant client. 


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