Civil Litigation

Lewin & Lewin has instituted and pursued civil litigation in United States District Courts and in the courts of New York and the District of Columbia.

Mr. and Ms. Lewin were principal counsel in initiating and pursuing the successful landmark civil lawsuit holding American organizations and individuals liable under the 1992 Anti-Terrorism Act for knowingly financing international terrorism that injured American citizens. Boim v. Holy Land Foundation, 549 F.3d 685 (7th Cir. 2008) (en banc).

Lewin & Lewin also conducted a 12-year civil litigation on behalf of a US citizen born in Jerusalem to enforce a right granted by a 2002 federal law. Zivotofsky v. Kerry, 135 S.Ct. 2076 (2015); Zivotofsky v. Clinton, 566 U.S. 189 (2012); Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, 725 F.3d 197 (D.C. Cir. 2013), 571 F.3d 1227 (D.C. Cir. 2009), rehearing en banc denied, 610 F.3d 84 (D.C. Cir. 2010) and 444 F3d. 614 (D.C. Cir. 2006). Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, 511 F.Supp2d 97 (D.D.C. 2007); and electronically at 2004 WL 5835212 (D.D.C. Sept. 7, 2004).

The Firm has litigated successfully against federal agencies, including law enforcement agencies and military departments, to enforce its clients’ constitutional rights under the First and Fifth Amendments. E.g., Litzman v. New York City Police Department, 2013 WL 6049066 (SDNY Nov. 15, 2013).

The Firm’s small size precludes it from solo representation of parties in multi-document civil litigation, but the Firm is available to assist in the formulation of creative legal theories, draft pleadings and legal memoranda in civil cases, and consult on litigation strategy.