Lewis W. Adkins, Jr.

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Public Law, Regulatory and Finance

1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.615.4842
F 216.623.0134
E ladkins@ralaw.com
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.463.9770
F 614.463.9792

Lewis W. Adkins, Jr.

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Public Law, Regulatory and Finance

Phone: 216.615.4842
Fax: (216) 623-0134
Email: ladkins@ralaw.com

Mr. Adkins focuses his practice on public law. He serves as lead counsel to numerous large, public and private entities throughout Ohio and Washington, D.C. He has also acted as lead counsel for several multi-million dollar development projects. His clients include public and private entities, as well as diversified energy companies, governmental entities, housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Mr. Adkins previously served as General Counsel to Summit County, Ohio.

Representative Matters

  • Serves as lead outside governmental relations counsel for Ohio's largest banking institution
  • Represents the Mid-West’s largest construction firm in negotiating several million dollar projects
  • Represents largest Ohio public hospital
  • Represents one of the country's oldest black theater companies
  • Helped develop a hundred million dollar Northeast Ohio energy project
  • Negotiated redevelopment of a large multiple unit apartment complex in Northeast Ohio
  • Participated in one of Ohio's largest hotel projects in the last twenty years
  • Lead a multiple million dollar public-private transfer of transit authority
  • Lead a $200 M large university campus redevelopment project
  • Lead a municipality for a significant Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) mandate on a federal level
  • Participated in a significant airport project in Northeast Ohio
  • Helped in the development of the Akron Urban League/City of Akron/County of Summit school project headquarters
  • Counseled client on numerous public/private projects collectively valued well over $100 million dollars
  • Served as lead counsel for Ohio's largest community correction facility
  • Assisted in the site developed of the Cleveland Industrial Park
  • Assisted with the successful development of multiple units of affordable housing throughout Ohio
  • Counseled two of Ohio's largest school districts
  • Assisted with many public/private manufacturing site developments throughout Ohio


  • University of Akron School of Law J. Dean Carro Professionalism Award from the Black Law Students Association (2015)
  • Case Western Reserve University CBC Louis Stokes Scholarship Reception (2012 & 2013)
  • Recipient of the City of Akron "Livability Award" for the collaborative spirit utilized by the Akron Urban League, Akron Public Schools and the City of Akron in building a Community Learning Center (2009)
  • Chaired U.S. Senator Brown's U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney Selection Committee for the Southern District of Ohio (2012)
  • Organized key reception at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
  • U.S. Senator Brown's U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney Ohio Selection Committee (2009)
  • Cleveland Foundation's Greater Cleveland American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (AMMF), Chair (2010-2011)
  • Cleveland Foundation's Greater Cleveland American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (AMMF), Selection Committee Member (2009)
  • The University of Akron, School of Law's "Judge James R. Williams" endowed scholarship, Creator
  • The University of Akron's "Dr. Sylvester Small, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools" endowed scholarship, Creator
  • Honorable Mayor Frank Jackson's Economic Development Transition Team, Member (2006)
  • Honorable Mayor Campbell's "Cleveland 500,000+ Partnership" program funded by the Cleveland Foundation, Team Leader (2003 & 2004)
  • Summit County Executive Tim Davis, General Counsel (1997-2000)
  • City of Akron, Prosecutor (1993-1994)


  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
  • B.S., The City College of The City University of New York
    • cum laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees of The University of Akron (2017present)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Diversity Action Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Barrister's Association

Community Affiliations

  • The Nominating Committee, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce (November 2016–present)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Akron Urban League, General Counsel and President (2000–2003)
  • Cleveland City Club
  • Cleveland Urban League
  • Summit County Consumer Affairs Board
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • The National Democratic Club, Member, Washington D.C. (2013–present)
  • Firestone Country Club, Resident Member (2010-present)


  • "Navigating a Legal Career in a Changing Field" - Panel Presentation at the Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair Sponsored by Special Counsel and The Norman S. Minor Bar Association (2014)
  • The University of Akron, School of Law - Orientation presentation: Ethics
  • Featured speaker on Public Radio for Storycorps, Akron
  • The University of Akron, School of Law - Multiple Jurisdiction Practice
  • United States Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland
  • Guest Commentator, WCPN 90.3 National Public Radio
  • Cleveland Community Relations Dinner, Keynote Speaker
  • Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Awards and Scholarship Dinner, Keynote Speaker

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