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Nicole E. Braden Lewis

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3882 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Nicole Braden Lewis defends companies across the country and locally in Ohio as both national and local counsel.

In asbestos litigation, she represents product manufacturers and premises owners who have been in business since the days when asbestos was widely used, and now find themselves defendants in lawsuits. In this and her other areas of practice, Nicole communicates closely with clients to develop a case strategy at the outset of a matter, through trial if necessary, and to help avoid further litigation in the future.

Nicole majored in religion as an undergraduate, and puts her liberal arts background to use every day as she learns more about her clients’ products and businesses, and explores the scientific defenses applicable to her cases. Her semester of law school spent at the bilingual University of Ottawa, in Canada, set her at ease among people of many different backgrounds, which helps her develop positive relationships with lawyers, judges, and expert witnesses to the benefit of her clients.

Outside of her law practice, Nicole has completed her first marathon and recently returned to dance classes.

Ohio Supreme Court Briefs and Arguments
education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001); Order of the Coif
  • Denison University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998); Phi Beta Kappa

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • Illinois, 2017

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Construction
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Hospitals
  • Legal Services (Law Firms)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicine
experience

Representative Matters

  • Defended manufacturer in asbestos-containing product liability case brought by a living mesothelioma patient in Miami, Florida. Jury trial, 2013.
  • Defended pro bono client facing eviction from his home. Bench trial, 2010.
  • Defended Certified Nurse Practitioner in nursing home negligence case that sought punitive damages. Jury trial, 2006.
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Issue Spotting and Next Steps," Lawyers for Women in Crisis Training Seminar, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2015)
  • "Keeping Your Boiler Defendant from Losing Steam – Boiler Operation and Defense Strategy," prepared for DRI’s Asbestos Medicine Seminar, San Francisco, California (November 2014)
  • "Standing Up in Court: Fundamentals of Handling Exhibits and Using Depositions in Court," presented at the Federal Bar Association's New Lawyer Training Program (August 2013)
  • "Credentialing and Peer Review of Health Care Providers: The Process and Protections," presented in connection with ALI-ABA seminar/audio webcast (April 2012)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2005-2007, 2010-2013)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Tucker Ellis Diversity Committee
    • Women's Initiative, Co-Chair
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Board of Directors
    • Secretary
  • University Circle United Methodist Church, Finance Committee, Immediate Past Chair
  • Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association Board
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Homeless Subcommittee
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • YWCA Women’s Leadership Boot Camp, Class of 2011
  • City Club of Cleveland New Leaders, Past Chair