Bob Lewis, Dana Fox Recognized as Top Lawyers by Daily Journal
Los Angeles, Calif. (September 19, 2019) – Chairman Robert F. Lewis and Los Angeles Partner Dana A. Fox have been recognized by the Daily Journal in their Top 100 Lawyers special report, which includes interviews with the most well-known and well-respected attorneys in California.
In Mr. Lewis’ interview, he recounts the early days of Lewis Brisbois, the firm’s significant growth in recent years, and the success of its growing Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice.
“Fifty years ago, nobody ever heard of such a thing,” said Mr. Lewis of the burgeoning-yet-complex area of law. “You think I understand it? But I’m smart enough to hire people who do,” he quipped.
Mr. Lewis also shared the firm’s strategy for creating an atmosphere where all practice groups could exist in harmony (“We don’t tolerate internal bickering”) and why it made the decision not to open offices overseas.
“We have contract relationship with firms in Japan, South Korea and China,” said Mr. Lewis. “We chose to do it that way rather than open our own shops, because opening shops is expensive, because out-of-country firms aren’t always welcome, and because it isn’t easy to know the legal landscape of different countries.”
Mr. Fox, one of the most heralded trial attorneys in the state, spoke of the human element he sees in the often highly publicized and complex cases that he handles.
“The key is to never lose touch with the fact that there are human beings on the other side,” Mr. Fox told the Daily Journal. “You have to be sympathetic and understanding, not become hardened. That said, at the end of the day you have a job to do and you have to do it as best you can. Just as jurors have to do. They are charged with deciding the case without being affected by sympathy.”
The interview also reviews some of Mr. Fox’s highest-exposure cases, including a matter in which he defended Merced County and a sheriff’s lieutenant against a false arrest suit. Though the jury ultimately ruled for the plaintiff, Mr. Fox had kind words for the plaintiff’s attorney.
“Obviously it was a very disputed liability argument. I thought my opponent, Gary Gwilliam, did an excellent job for his clients,” said Mr. Fox. “He was a very skilled lawyer; we both brought out each other’s A game.”