Representative Matters

Peter Lewis maintains a diverse litigation practice, representing businesses and individuals across a variety of industries. In addition to counseling clients on matters involving aviation, toxic torts, and professional and product liability, he handles complex commercial and construction litigation, coverage matters, and general liability insurance defense.

Peter has extensive experience advising those in the aviation industry—including commercial and regional airlines, flight schools, and fixed-based operators and Part 135 charter operators. He has defended clients in complex commercial litigation, as well as issues concerning wrongful death, aircraft crashes, construction, and product and premises liability.

Before joining Hinshaw, Peter furthered his litigation experience with firms in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Most recently, he practiced at a Miami-based firm where he litigated mass tort, and product and premises liability matters.

During law school, Peter was involved in a number of activities and associations, including serving as the Business Editor for The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
      • Aviation and Space Law Committee, Co-Chair
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Aviation Law Committee
      • On-Line Community, Chair

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation, 2023

Representative Matters

  • Aviation Litigation
    • Represented an aircraft owner in the recovery of a jet involved in a dispute with a charter operator. Successfully coordinated repossession of aircraft in another jurisdiction that was wrongfully held by the charter operator.
    • Obtained judgment in favor of aircraft repair facility who brought suit to foreclose on liens performed on an aircraft.
  • Aviation Transactions
    • Represented a South American regional airline in the acquisition of multi-million dollar U.S. registered aircraft.
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
    • Obtained multiple summary judgments in favor of client involving various toxic tort matters where the plaintiffs alleged exposure to various chemicals arising out of an oil spill caused certain chronic conditions.
    • Obtained multiple voluntary dismissals with prejudice where an express condition of the dismissals was the payment of costs to client-defendant.


  • "Air Ambulances and the Airline Deregulation Act: Two Typical Ways Plaintiff's Counsel Tries to Avoid Federal Preemption," DRI's For the Defense, December 2018
  • "Narayanan v. British Airways: When the Ninth Circuit 'Leaves No Room for Flexibility,' the Court Means It," DRI's For the Defense, December 2016

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2015

M.P.A., Clark University, 2012

B.A., Clark University, 2011