Stephen Lewin became a member of the firm in 1984 and has been practicing law for over 30 years. Mr. Lewin specializes in family law, trusts and estates, and real estate law.
Mr. Lewin maintains a specialty in the area of domestic and inter-country adoption law. He has represented individuals and couples in private and agency domestic and inter-country adoptions. His experience in this area enables him to expertly and compassionately guide clients through the diverse concerns, procedures and issues that arise in these emotionally-charged matters.
Domestic adoptions often include interstate proceedings which require Mr. Lewin to work with attorneys and government agencies in both New York and other states. Inter-country adoption cases (both covered and not covered by The Hague Convention) deal with the emigration of adopted or adoptive children to the United States. As a result, Mr. Lewin regularly deals with (a) counsel, government agencies and courts in other countries, (b) the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), (c) the United States Department of State (“USDOS”) including embassies around the world, and (d) child-placing agencies in the United States and abroad. Mr. Lewin also handles (a) appeals of decisions issued by the USCIS and USDOS and (b) Special Immigrant Juvenile applications and proceedings.
Mr. Lewin is a founding member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He served as a past Co-Chair of the Academy's Inter-country Adoption Committee as well as a member of the Legislative Committee and Hague Convention Committee. He has (a) been a member of the faculty of continuing legal education programs in New York and (b) appeared at programs and conferences sponsored by child-placing agencies.
Mr. Lewin received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1978 and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1971. Mr. Lewin is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.