Maria L. H. Lewis is the Chief Diversity Officer of the firm. A key position, the CDO plays an integral role regarding Drinker Biddle’s policies and procedures and in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment throughout the firm. She previously served as the Chair of the Philadelphia Regional Hiring Committee and continues to serve on the Hiring Committee to promote diverse hiring and retention.
Maria also is the first firm-wide internal Career Counselor to all non-partner attorneys. In this role, she serves as a confidential resource to attorneys in navigating career decisions and other professional workplace matters.
In her practice, Maria is a litigator who has handled numerous employment and commercial litigation lawsuits. She also counsels her clients on issues in the workplace, including advising on discrimination and retaliation claims; conducting internal investigations; and conducting management and employee training on diversity, implicit bias, sexual harassment, and workplace violence. Additionally, Maria is a contributor to the firm's LaborSphere blog which provides coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation, and a broad range of employee benefits and labor issues.
Before entering private practice, Maria served as an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where she tried hundreds of preliminary hearings and trials.
While attending Harvard Law School, Maria was a member of the Trial Moot Court Team and participated in the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition of the American Bar Association. Additionally, Maria was a research editor for Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation, authored by Dean Kenneth Gormley
Maria is an ordained Reverend of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a 13,000+ member congregation. She also serves on boards and volunteers with various community organizations.
Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (2019)
Martin Luther King Jr. Champions of Social Justice and Equality Award, BLSA, Rutgers-Camden Law School (2019)
African-American Women Achieving Award, The Philadelphia Tribune (2014)
Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly (2008)
Woman On the Verge, The Legal Intelligencer (2006)
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
Women Achieving Award
Recognized for her business and community achievementsThe Philadelphia Tribune (2014)
- New Jersey
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1997
- University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1994, magna cum laude
- Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Legal Staff
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia