KEVIN LEWIS serves as co-leader of Sidley’s Aviation and Airlines practice and co-managing partner of the firm’s Houston office. He is a highly experienced corporate lawyer with a multifaceted practice built around corporate governance, M&A, capital markets, and restructuring work. Kevin regularly represents boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees, as well as public companies across multiple industries, including aviation and energy. Kevin has also represented public and private companies in various M&A, project development, and joint venture transactions as well as team owners in transactions in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
In connection with his aviation law experience, Kevin has advised several major commercial airlines in corporate venture capital investments, ESG initiatives, joint venture and alliance transactions and in all aspects of the regional airline segment, including spinoffs, mergers and acquisitions, capacity purchase and similar agreements, and dispute resolution. Texas Lawyer named him to its 2020 “Texas Trailblazer” list, citing that he has advised on “precedent-setting transactions that have helped shape the aviation industry.” In a recent publication, the chief legal officer of one of the world’s largest airlines praised Kevin’s industry acumen, saying “Kevin is a great lawyer who knows the airline industry better than just about any other lawyer.”
Kevin is widely recognized for his work. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; and Compliance Law (2006–2022). He is listed in The Legal 500 U.S. in the areas of Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2012 and 2013) and Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2013 and 2014). Kevin has been named to Euromoney’s Expert Guide to World’s Leading Banking, Finance & Transactional Lawyers in Structured Finance and Securitization (2004, 2007, and 2009), and Euromoney’s Expert Guide to World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers (2004, 2009, and 2012). Super Lawyers includes Kevin in its Texas directory (2005–2018), and he has been selected for The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (2010) and Who’s Who Legal: Texas for his Capital Markets Law practice (2007, 2008, and 2018).
In addition to practicing in Houston, Kevin practiced for many years in Singapore and New York City.