Shook has selected trial lawyer and business strategist John Lewis, Jr. to lead its Houston office, effective January 3, 2022. Lewis joined Shook as a business litigation partner in 2019. He currently chairs Shook’s firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Initiatives across Shook’s 17 offices.
“John is a transformational leader,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “He’s an effective strategist not only in the courtroom but in the boardroom. We welcome his business acumen as we continue to grow the firm’s capabilities in Houston and nationwide to best serve our clients.”
Lewis has developed highly sought-after skills in his more than 30 years of advising clients, including advocating at a Fortune 100 company in-house and in private practice. Lewis served as chief litigation counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, advising C-suite executives and board members on government investigations, corporate compliance and class action litigation. Following his tenure in Coke’s legal function, he was appointed to serve as a member of the company’s global human resources leadership team as head of diversity and workplace fairness where he was a trusted advisor on workplace, marketplace, governmental and community affairs.
“I’m excited to explore the untapped business opportunities in the Houston market,” said Lewis. “Houston is a global city that ranks third in the nation in the number of Fortune 500 companies domiciled here. Opened in 1995, Houston is Shook’s second oldest office and one of the largest in terms of lawyers.”