DETROIT — Lewis & Munday announced Monday that Reuben A. Munday has been named chairman of the firm. He succeeds founding partner David Baker Lewis. Lewis will remain with the firm.
“Reuben has been a key part of this firm for a number of years and we agreed that it was time for him to move into the role of chairman,” Lewis said. “Our pattern at Lewis & Munday has been to rotate leadership roles and this was the right time to make this change.”
“Lewis and Munday has played a pioneering role in Detroit’s legal history and continues to play a role in the ongoing effort to revitalize Detroit,” Munday said. “I have been fortunate to be a part of that and I look forward to continuing to play a role in both as we move forward.”
Lewis & Munday President and CEO Blair Person said Munday’s assuming the role of chair “guarantees continuity in the operations of the firm. Reuben is fully acquainted with every aspect of the firm’s operations and his assumption of the chair position assures our ability to continue to fully serve all of our clients.”
Munday focuses his practice on real estate development and construction law, and he served as practice group leader in the firm’s real estate practice group for 12 years. He has worked on a number of projects that have played a key role in the revitalization of Detroit, including work on current plans to establish a new public safety headquarters and the recent lease of Cobo Center to a regional authority. He has represented City entities in connection with the construction of the Chrysler Jefferson Avenue Assembly Plant, the Millender Center, the original Cobo Hall expansion project, the construction of Trolley Plaza and improvements to the Chrysler Mack Avenue Engine Plant. Munday is a former officer of the Council of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer and as a Top Business Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine.
From 1994 to 2003, Munday served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm.
Munday also serves as chair of the Greening of Detroit, on the Executive Committee of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of Mosaic Youth Theatre, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and the Detroit/Wayne County Health Authority.
A resident of Detroit, he started with the firm in 1977, five years after the firm was founded. He is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama and earned B.A. and MPS degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Founded in 1972, Lewis & Munday is one of the oldest and largest firms founded by minorities in the United States. It has four primary areas of concentration: public law, corporate law, real state law and corporate litigation. It was the first minority-owned law firm to be listed in the Bond Buyer’s Directory of Municipal Bond Dealers, known informally as the “Red Book,” and has been consistently recognized as one of the top 50 bond counsel firms in the United States.