Attorney Profile - Steffanie Jones Lewis

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Steffanie Jones Lewis

Washington, District of Columbia, Senior Attorney


Phone: 202-296-1111
Fax: 202-296-1175
Email: Contact Me

Steffanie J. Lewis is a founding attorney, vice president and secretary of IBLF and, since 1999 and through January 2016, has been General Counsel to Baltia Air Lines, Inc., a U.S. start up airline. Previously, from 1983 to 1988, Steffanie held the office of General Counsel, Director of Legislative Affairs and Administration in the HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL ("HAI"). From 1965 to 1975, Steffanie was a 50% owner of PARKAIR, INC. (a third-level air carrier serving the North Gulf coast of Alaska) and, from 1980 - 1988 was the owner operator of a commercial salmon seining business in Alaska.

At IBLF, in addition to her corporate role, Ms. Lewis supervises all immigration work, representing clients in Immigration Court and multiple Federal circuits, most actively in the Fourth Circuit dealing with the immigration implications of fraud, criminal matters, due process, and statute interpretation.

Immigration Attorney Steffanie Lewis

Ms. Lewis is, and has been, counsel to several corporations, including an international trade association, an international foundation, an international computer demographic marketing corporation, a U.S. airline with international routes, an international artist & company, a national medical laboratory, a national self defense association, and numerous individuals with claims in products liability, aviation and real estate contract, medical malpractice, and numerous criminal offenses.

Her experience includes the drafting and negotiation of numerous business agreements with client's vendors, customers, partners, joint venture entities, as well as government regulatory agencies. She represented an airline in the DOT route selection process and participated at U.S.- Russia air transport bilateral negotiations. Steffanie has litigated employee/employer termination issues, contract, fraud, products liability, negligence, personal injury, Constitutional issues, and criminal matters including Federal Court appeals with maximum civil claims in excess of $10 Million U.S. dollars. In separate arbitration matters, she has served as attorney and AAA arbitrator.

Ms. Lewis has lobbied in U.S. Congress, Department of Labor, Department of Transportation, and Department of Interior while at HAI. She has drafted private placements, prepared IPO's, files SEC corporate quarterly reports, has obtained Blue Sky registrations and obtained Nasdaq SmallCap listing. She served as counsel in obtaining a five million dollar city bond.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Immigration Law
  • 40% Aviation Law & Regulation
  • 20% Corporate Business Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • Alaska, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1984
  • Virginia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1981
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of London, London, England, 1981
    LONDON WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL Air & Space Diploma 1981 (with merit)

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 1979
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: A.B.A.
    Honors: A.A.L.S.
    Law Journal: California Western International Law Journal, Lead Articles Editor

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, 1976
  • Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, 1958
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    Honors: Who's Who American Colleges and Universities
    Honors: Most Outstanding Junior Woman
    Honors: President of Women Students

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Guest Speaker: "The Law of Association Publishing", The 2nd Annual ASAE Legal Symposium, Washington DC., 1988
  • Panelist, American Arbitration Association, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2002-2015
  • American Bar Association, 1983 - 1989
  • ABA Subcommittee on EEC '92, 1991
    Aviation Co-Chair
  • ABA, 1985 - 1986
    Chair, Trade Association Subcommittee
  • American Society of Association Executives ("ASAE") Legal Publication
    Trustee & Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Helicopter Association International, General Counsel, 1983 - 1988
  • Parkair, Owner, 1965 - 1975

Pro Bono Activities

  • Immigration and Federal Courts, 2003 - 2014
  • AILA DC Chapter Outstanding Pro Bono Representative

Birth Information

  • 1936, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America