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William Davenport Lewis

Profile 2I was born and raised just south of San Francisco in Santa Cruz, California. My great-great-great-grandfather, Captain John Davenport, first moved to the Monterey Bay in 1852. My roots in the San Francisco Bay Area are deep, and I love serving people in our community and people who are looking to invest in our community.

I became an attorney because I enjoy helping people solve their problems. Few problems are as central and serious in a person’s life as a legal problem. Living in the Bay Area allows me to serve my community’s individuals and businesses with creative, tailor-made, tax-efficient solutions for their business and estate planning needs. My firm is equipped for and experienced in litigation, but my greatest successes are negotiating deals, devising the legal foundation of businesses, and drafting legal documents that will hopefully never need to be litigated.

In China and California, I have worked for and represented international software, technology, finance, clean energy, logistics, beverage, private equity, construction, and biotechnology companies in all aspects of their business, including inception, distribution, labor, mergers, and closure. My blog, Experience Not Logic, was voted the Second Top English language China business and law blog in the world, it was named a top 100 resource for China business, and has been discussed and cited by the Wall Street Journal online and Yahoo! Finance.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I am most proud of the time I spent working at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource in small-angle biological x-ray scattering.  I wrote a data acquisition and analysis software package in C++ for a CCD. And I was certified in General Employee Radiation Training. Scientists from around the world came to our beam, and I guided them through its use.  Most fun, I designed high energy research components and worked with my machinist to fabricate them.

Our firm is not afraid to litigate, and I have successfully represented business and individual clients in the state and federal courts, and before administrative bodies, in criminal, family, estate, construction, neighbor dispute, and tax cases.



New York University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.

Pomona College, B.A.


Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County


U.S. Tax Court

State Bar of California

International Law Section of the State Bar of California

Taxation Section of the State Bar of California

Contact Info

Tel: (408) 459-8427

Tel: (831) 295-8427

Email: will@lewisllp.com