Dionna M. Lewis, Esquire
Dionna Maria Lewis, Esq., a third generation native Washingtonian, a product of the DC Public School System, and is the Founder of the District Legal Group, PLLC. As a Trial Attorney, she manages a docket of nationwide and local cases, in all areas of civil rights law, labor & employment law, contract litigation, and assists small businesses with risk mitigation. Dionna represents clients in trial, administrative hearings, and mediation, before state and federal courts, and administrative agencies. Additionally, Dionna was appointed to the D.C. Board of Elections (BOE) by Mayor Bowser, and her appointment was unanimously confirmed by the DC Council on January 5, 2016. Dionna was the youngest person to be appointed to the DC Board of Elections as a Commissioner in the history of the District of Columbia.
Dionna has extensive experience working with boutique, mid-sized, and large firm clients. Dionna is formerly Senior Counsel at Alan Lescht and Associates, formerly a Senior Associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC, and formerly a Senior Associate at the Fay Law Group PLLC, where she now serves as “Of Counsel.” Prior to founding the District Legal Group, Dionna managed an active litigation docket of nationwide and local cases, in all areas of labor & employment law, civil litigation, and civil rights claims. Dionna litigates before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, including D.C. Superior Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board, and D.C. Office of Human Rights, in matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Whistleblower Protection Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, and state claims involving employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, breach of employment agreement, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and employment torts.
Dionna holds many prominent positions in the Washington, D.C. community and is a recognized leader nationally, as well. She was appointed by Mayor Bowser of the District of Columbia to serve as a Commissioner of the D.C. Board of Elections and her appointment was unanimously confirmed by the D.C. Council on January 5, 2016. In this capacity, Dionna is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the administration of elections in the District of Columbia, providing oversight of the agency’s compliance with local and federal election laws and voter outreach efforts, and adjudicating campaign and election-related matters that come before the Board. Dionna is also the Vice Chair and Board Member of the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization located in Ward 7 of the District of Columbia, the Membership Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and is a Past Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Dionna has previously served as Chief of Staff to the President of the National Bar Association, as National Public Service Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the National Bar Association.
Over the course of her career, Dionna has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2019) for employment law, a “Top 40 Under 40 Trailblazer” by the National Bar Association, “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, received the Rhonda F. Williams Professionalism Award from the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and was featured in an edition of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s editorial, “The Affiliate: Spotlight on Leadership: Professional Involvement at the National and Local Levels.” Dionna earned her L.L.M in Litigation from George Washington University Law School, her Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Virginia. Dionna a new mother to a beautiful daughter named, Royal.
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