Marilea W. Lewis, partner at Duffee + Eitzen, blends an impressive family law background with a client-friendly style, providing a winning combination for those she represents. She is tough and experienced, yet compassionate and approachable. Board Certified in Family Law with experience that includes nearly 25 years on the bench as a Dallas judge, Lewis is an accomplished mediator for both general and family practice. She is also qualified to sit as a private judge.
Lewis’s professional admissions include the State Bar of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Widely honored and respected as one of the best attorneys in Texas, Judge Lewis has been chosen among Thomason Reuters’ Super Lawyers since 2012 (recognizing the top 5% of lawyers in the State of Texas), Top 100 Attorneys in Texas, Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas, and Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. She has been selected as one of the best Lawyers in America by Woodward White since 2013 and been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers Women in the Law since 2016. Lewis has been named to the ranks of Lawdragon Inc’s Best 500 Family Lawyers in 2020, acknowledged multiple times in DCEO Magazine’s Dallas 500 as one of the Most Influential Leaders in North Texas, has attained multiple recognitions among D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas (most recently in 2023), possesses a “Superb” 10 Rating by AVVO.com, Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Rating, and is a winner of the Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. She is also a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.
Judge Lewis served on the bench of the 330th District Court in Dallas for eight years after sitting as an Associate Judge of the 330th District Court for ten years. She began her judicial career as a Master/Referee of the 305th District Court in 1986. A fifth-generation Texas, she is originally from Waco and is particularly proud of her status as a “Double Bear,” having received undergraduate and law degrees from Baylor University. Outside of work, she is actively involved with Executive Women of Dallas, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, the Dallas Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas. She is active in her church, serving as a Verger and on Altar Guild. A true Renaissance woman, she is also a certified yoga instructor.