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Karlanna Lewis

Los Angeles Office
Los Angeles Office

One California Plaza
300 South Grand Ave, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
TEL: 213.694.1088 FAX: 213.694.1200

Karlanna Lewis is an associate in McKool Smith Hennigan's Los Angeles office. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lewis was an associate at a leading international law firm. In her prior practice Ms. Lewis assisted in the criminal defense of an international client accused of appropriating confidential government information and worked on the trial team defending auditors accused of an alleged multi-billion dollar accounting fraud.

As a law student, Ms. Lewis helped clients prepare asylum applications as part of her work with the immigration clinic. At Yale, Ms. Lewis was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law & Humanities, a member of the Thomas Lecture Committee and a Moot Court competitor. She also worked as a Research Coordinator at Yale, served as a Dean’s Advisor at the law school and aided professors as a Teaching Assistant at the School of Management. While at Yale Ms. Lewis was a Kirby-Simon Fellow in human rights and was awarded the Dean's Scholarship. Interested in understanding the legal systems of other countries, Ms. Lewis spent four weeks meeting with various officials in Argentina as part of Yale’s Linkages program, and she worked as a legal intern at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center in Budapest, Hungary.

In her final semester, Ms. Lewis developed her own curriculum and taught a Yale Law School course on criminal law through the lens of hip hop. Passionate about the ways justice and rap music intersect, Ms. Lewis has written several articles around the criminalization of hip hop culture for publications including The Atlantic and The Washington Monthly.

She is fluent in Russian and conversant in Spanish.