Lewis M. Steel Esq.

Lewis M. Steel Esq.

Of Counsel
New York, New York
212-245-1000 (New York Office)
312-924-4888 (Chicago Office)
415-638-8800 (San Francisco Office)
202-847-4400 (Washington DC Office)

Lewis M. Steel is Of Counsel to Outten & Golden LLP. For many years he has focused primarily on class action employment discrimination cases.

Before joining Outten & Golden, Mr. Steel handled a wide range of civil rights cases involving housing and zoning discrimination, as well as police brutality and criminal cases. He served as co-lead counsel in the Rubin Carter/John Artis case for which he was honored by the New York Criminal Bar Association in 2000. Moreover, New York Law School has awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his civil rights work and he has been an adjunct professor of law there.

Mr. Steel’s precedent-setting employment discrimination decisions include Sumitomo Shoji America, Inc. v. Avagliano, 457 U.S. 176, which established that American subsidiaries of foreign corporations must obey American civil rights laws. In the Sumitomo case and other employment discrimination class actions he has negotiated far-reaching settlements and monitored the companies’ performance. He now works on a range of class action cases involving sexual and racial discrimination, overtime claims, and tipping issues. Mr. Steel recently negotiated a ground-breaking settlement of pay, promotion, and retaliation claims for a class of African-American and Hispanic New York City Department of Parks and Recreation employees.

Mr. Steel graduated from Harvard College in 1958 and from New York Law School in 1963, where he was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Action Employment Discrimination

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1963
  • California, 1973
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1967
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1968


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • L.L.B. - 1963
    • Honors: Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree for his Civil Rights Work
    • Honors: Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
    • Law Review: New York Law Review, Editor in Chief
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1958

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Past President
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • NAACP, Legal Staff, 1964