Harold L. Lewis

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Harold (Hal) Lewis is a co-founder and co-managing partner of the Miami law firm of Pathman Lewis, LLP, and is head of the firm’s finance and real estate departments. With more than thirty years of practice experience, he is known as a deal maker, not a deal breaker. He is a thoughtful, pragmatic and discreet adviser to his diverse client base. Harold is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest standard in attorney ratings for strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

Harold practices in several areas with particular emphasis on transactional real estate and corporate matters including real estate and asset-based financing, acquisition and development, leasing, condominium and the design and implementation of ownership structures including partnerships and limited liability companies. He writes on several nationally recognized title insurance companies.

Harold lectures extensively to the South Florida business and legal communities on multiple topics including real estate lending structures, loan workouts and foreclosures, green building, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, analysis of purchase and sale agreements, and lease drafting and remedies. He was previously awarded Educator of the Year honors by the Miami Association of Realtors and served several times as a guest lecturer at International Council of Shopping Centers University in New York.

Practice Areas

Mr. Lewis is an experienced real estate, corporate, and transactional lawyer, whose areas of practice include:

  • Asset and Real Estate Based Lending
  • Construction Lending
  • Lender Liability and Regulatory Defense
  • Letters of Credit
  • Loan Modifications and Workouts
  • Property Acquisition, Sale and Development
  • Leasing
  • Condominium Development
  • Corporate, Limited Liability and Partnership Law

Published Articles

  • “Cryptocurrency Move Into Commercial Real Estate in South Florida Expected – But There Are Impediments,” Daily Business Review
  • “Avoid Surprises, Be a Stickler about Performing Due Diligence,” Daily Business Review
  • “Relocation Boom or Housing Crisis,” South Florida CEO Magazine
  • “Green Building a Priority to Keep Treasure Coast a Treasure,” Treasure Coast Business Journal

Frequently quoted in various publications, such as:

  • “South Florida’s Commercial Real Estate Market Heading Toward Crisis as Covid-19 Relief Runs Out,” South Florida Business Journal
  • “Euro Down, But ‘They’re Still Going to Bring Their Money Here,’” Miami Today
  • “The End of the Short-Term Rental Stick,” Super Lawyers special insert in Miami Herald
  • “The Deadwood is Gone from Banks’ Real Estate Portfolios,” Miami Today
  • “Private Equity Fills South Florida Financing Gaps,” Daily Business Review
  • “Condo Confidence,” The Real Deal
  • “LLCs Offer Secrecy to Foreign Criminal Groups that Want to Launder Money Through Miami Real Estate,” South Florida Business Journal
  • “FECI Vows No Public Handout,” Daily Business Review

Awards & Honors

  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers,” 2007-2020
  • Super Lawyers, 2011-2021
  • Previously recognized in Florida Trends Legal Elite as one of Florida’s top real estate lawyers
  • Finalist, Key Partners in Business Law, South Florida Business Journal
  • Daily Business Review, Deal Makers, October 2007, November 2014, October 2017
  • Realtors Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches Educator of the Year 2006

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Board of Directors, Commercial and Industrial Association of South Florida (past President) 
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Risk Management Association
  • Member, Miami Finance Forum 
  • Member, CREW Miami Chapter (past member of Board of Directors)


  • Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, graduated magna cum laude 1981
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D. degree), graduated cum laude 1984
  • University of Miami Law Review