Scott M. Lewis, '84: Career Path of a Cleveland Lawyer

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When Scott M. Lewis was in college, he aspired to be a television sports broadcaster.

A 1977 graduate of Brush High School in Lyndhurst, he double-majored in journalism and political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and worked as a stringer for newspapers near Ann Arbor.

A father-son talk changed his professional destiny, he said. His father started the conversation by asking a question.

 “He said, ‘What do you want to be? What do you want to do?” Lewis recalled. “I said I want to be like (sportscaster) Brent Musburger.”

“It’s a vagabond existence,” his father told him, he said, and encouraged him instead to study for the law school entrance exam.

“I heeded his advice and it’s served me well,” he said. 

Lewis, 59, graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and then returned to his hometown of Cleveland to begin law practice at Kahn Kleinman. There, he found many mentors in the legal profession, who had distinctive styles and strengths.

He ended up in the specialty of mergers and acquisitions because that was where the firm needed his expertise. He is now a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Woodmere.

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