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My name is Hugh
Lewis and I practice
community association law and real estate
development law at my
office in Bellingham
com). I earned my J.D. at
The George Washington
University Law School in
1973 and was admitted to
the WSBA in 1986.
the Bar No. nd Beyond
WSBA No. 15702
;I became a lawyer because the law seemed to be a
vehicle for effecting changes in public policy in a
;My greatest talent as a lawyer has been to help people
find humor in trying situations.
;My greatest accomplishment as a
lawyer is to have served on a
Real Property, Probate &
Trust Section’s Subcommittee tasked with adapting the Uniform Common Interest
Ownership Act to Washington’s robust body
of background law. We’re nearly done with this
effort, which started in 2007.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to find mentors willing
to provide advice and assistance, and not be afraid to ask
those mentors for advice and assistance when necessary.
Joining a list-serve, such as with a WSBA section, catering to your chosen practice area can be very valuable.
;The worst part of my job is worrying about “billable hours.”
;During my free time, I design and build hand-planed fly fishing
rods from split bamboo, play music, cook fine food, spend
time outdoors, and sip martinis in the moonlight with my
wife of 30 years.
;The most memorable trip I ever took was to Stockholm in December 1995 to watch my father receive the Nobel Prize in
;Aside from my career, I am most proud of this: In 1989, I co-founded
the Wild Fish Conservancy environmental organization,
which seeks to improve the plight of wild fish in the north
Pacific region through protection of critical habitats and the
development of better fisheries management protocols.
;I absolutely can’t live without my wife, my family, and my morning latte.
;Nobody would ever suspect that I am an improvisational jazz
;I care about the world’s natural environment and the wild
creatures that share it with us.
;Friends would describe me as frenetic.
;I look up to my fellow board members and science staff of the
Wild Fish Conservancy ( www.wildfishconservancy.org).
;I give back to my community by serving in leadership capacities
in professional, civic and social organizations.
;If I had a time machine, I would be dangerous.
;If I could pick a superpower, it would be the ability to fly.
;My favorite band/musical artist is Michael Franks.
;I would like to learn to improve my Spanish-speaking skills.
;My first car was a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle with a tiny rear