Phillip Lewis


  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel

    B.A. in Philosophy

  • The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

    J.D., Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • All Federal Courts


  • Editor in Chief of the Campbell Law Review
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Thomas Wolfe Society
  • Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
  • Humane Society of Charlotte


Phillip Lewis is an experienced trial attorney with a focus on civil rights, wrongful convictions, and constitutional law. He has more than two decades of experience handling a wide array of litigation matters in state and federal court. Phillip also takes on select appellate cases and has authored numerous winning appellate briefs.

Prior to joining Rudolf Widenhouse, Phillip was a litigator with the law firm Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A., in Charlotte. While at Horack Talley, Lewis’ research acumen and dogged attention to detail earned him a sterling reputation for resolving complex title disputes involving centuries-old ownership issues. In law school, Lewis served as Editor in Chief of the Campbell Law Review and worked as a research assistant to Richard A. Lord, author of Williston on Contracts (4th edition).

Lewis has been a part of major civil rights litigation at the firm, and most recently worked with the team in obtaining a settlement of $9.5-million in the case of Charles Ray Finch v. Woodard et al. Mr. Finch was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1976 and spent forty-three years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was exonerated in 2019 and was awarded a Pardon of Innocence in 2021.

In addition to his legal practice, Lewis is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Barrowfields, which has been published in the United States as well as several European countries, with accompanying translations. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Phillip is also a board member of the Thomas Wolfe Society and a former board member of the Humane Society of Charlotte.