"Mr. Lewis is the right person to conduct this investigation," said Mayor Hodges. "He is a respected leader in the community who I know will be thorough and fair."
Lewis is a co-founder and shareholder of Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis. He served as dean of Hamline University School of Law from 2008–13 and was an assistant United States Attorney for Minnesota from 1982–88. He is an experienced investigator of high-profile cases: he led the independent investigation for the City of Saint Paul into the 2013 landslide at Lilydale Regional Park, in which two children died, and conducted the investigation on behalf of the University of Minnesota regarding allegations of academic fraud in its men's basketball program.
Lewis is a native of the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard University Law School.