Mr. Lewis prefers to balance his practice with both litigation and transactional work. The largest segment of his practice involves elder law matters including estate planning, probate, guardianship, and special needs planning. He particularly enjoys the challenge presented by nontraditional issues that are becoming increasingly prevalent in modern culture. These include contested guardianships and mental health law; estate planning for complex family structures (e.g., blended families, special needs beneficiaries, multi-generational businesses, etc.); and, ownership, sale, or management of real property among related or unrelated owners. Mr. Lewis also represents a variety of clients in litigation of landlord/tenant, real property, debtor/creditor, personal injury, and other contested matters. His transactional practice is rounded out with matters involving real estate, small businesses, and contracts.
The DeKalb / Sycamore communities have been home to the Lewis family since 1987, and Mr. Lewis has served these communities in a variety of personal and professional areas during that time. He is a past president, and current member, of the DeKalb County Estate Planning Council.
He also served as the Secretary / Treasurer of the DeKalb County Bar Association. His community participation includes the advisory boards of the We Care Pregnancy Clinic and the Salvation Army of DeKalb County. However, he considers his most valuable contribution of service to be as a lay leader of Kishwaukee Bible Church in Sycamore.
Jeffrey and Melissa Lewis have five children. While that does not make them the largest family in the firm (see, Gary W. Cordes), they chose to raise all of their children by homeschooling them. This has given Mr. Lewis a unique opportunity to serve families across the state of Illinois in matters related to school choice and education law. This service includes both legal representation and leadership on the Board of Directors of Illinois Christian Home Educators.