John Lewis is Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward.

John has succesfully brought multiple cases under the Administrative Procedure Act, other federal statutes, and the U.S. Constitution. In particular, John has represented or co-counseled with governments and non-profit organizations in cases involving immigration, civil rights, health care, education, and other issues. John‘s federal cases include a landmark victory holding that the acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was unlawfully appointed and a decision striking down multiple policies implemented to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. John also focuses on state-based litigation, with a particular interest in Texas, where he grew up.

Prior to joining Democracy Forward, John was a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate and Litigation practices at Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C. At Mayer Brown, John authored appellate briefs and dispositive motions in state and federal courts across the country. John also maintained an active pro bono practice, with a focus on the administration’s immigration actions and civil rights.

John graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an executive editor on the Yale Law Journal and a member of the Supreme Court Clinic, the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. After graduation, John clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. John also holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

John is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars.

Featured Lawsuits
  • Corruption
  • Labor

Challenging Abuses of Power in Texas

Fighting to stop Texas Gov. Abbott’s unconstitutional act to defund the separate and coequal Legislative Branch on behalf of state workers and the Texas AFL-CIO, and alongside a coalition of legislators and caucuses.

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  • Immigration

Asylum seekers, RAICES v. Cuccinelli, USCIS

Stopping the Trump administration from unlawfully ignoring the human toll on asylum seekers with its new asylum directives, on behalf of seven asylum seekers and RAICES.

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  • Health Care

Challenging the abortion ban in Lebanon, Ohio.

The ordinance violates constitutional protections, harms those seeking and providing abortions, counseling, and care.

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