Worth magazine recently named John Lewis one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States.

John has a diverse business practice, and his primary role is interfacing with clients, knowing their businesses, and keeping them out of legal jams. When he’s not handling the purchase or sale of a company, or counseling clients on corporate legal issues, John is battling uphill on a bicycle (he is a 100 Mile Century Event Rider).

He is on the Executive Committee for Metz Lewis, and is one of the firm’s original members. “The firm is a critical part of my life,” John says. “I want to see it do well, see it get better every day.”

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Representative Matters

  • Represented management owned software services company in sale to NASDAQ company for $170 million cash and equity.
  • Represented private equity group in $87 million recapitalization of portfolio of clothing products manufacturer.
  • Represented management team in equity position and employment contracts involving diversified rail services company acquisition.
  • Represented founder of rail construction company in $24 million sale process involving strategic and private equity buyers.
  • Represented food product manufacturer in corporate restructuring to accomplish succession planning and estate tax savings objective.
  • Represented automotive parts manufacturer in acquisition of manufacturing facility from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy seller involving union collective bargaining agreements, environmental and product liability issues.
  • Represented online marketplace company in sale to NYSE company for $22 million involving cash, buyer stock, and contingent earn-out payments.
  • Represented numerous clients in structuring legally permissible asset protection strategies, including use of foreign situs trusts and other entities.
  • Represented a 50% shareholder in split-up of $60 million revenue construction and real estate business involving litigation between family members.

Core Strengths

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Asset Protection

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • Selected by Worth magazine as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States
  • Recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell peer review
  • First recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2005


  • 1998  Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC Member of the Executive Committee
  • 1985  Dickie, McCamey&Chilcote, P.C. Corporate Group Chair, 1994-1998
  • 1983  Arthur Andersen & Co., Tax Department


  • 1983  J.D., West Virginia University Executive Editor, West Virginia University Law Review
  • 1980  B.S., Wheeling Jesuit University


  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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