Lew joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 1985, nearly 40 years ago, while a law student at American University. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2012 and currently serves as the Temple’s first vice president where he chairs the Professional Development Committee and the Rabbinic Transition Committee. Lew served as the Temple’s general counsel from 2016 to 2020 and over the past 10 years has co-chaired the Development Committee, the ECC Committee, a Rabbinic Search Committee, and has been a member of two Cantorial Search Committees. 

A senior partner with the global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, Lew co-chairs the firm’s global financial services disputes and investigations group. Previously, he served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received his law degree from The American University, Washington College of Law. Lew is a past co-chair and longtime board member of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, serves on the board of trustees at The Holton-Arms School, is vice-chair of the board of trustees of the State University of New York at Albany, and recently concluded a four-year term as the judicially appointed chair of the U.S. Court of Claims Advisory Board. In 2018, Lew was the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s prestigious Learned Hand Award.