Stephen Louis

  • Lecturer in Law

Stephen Louis has been the chief of the Legal Counsel Division of the New York City Law Department since 1997, directing a unit of attorneys in advising the mayor, elected officials, and New York City agencies on a wide range of municipal law issues as well as drafting and reviewing city, state, federal legislation, and city agency rules. His recent efforts have included such matters that include working with the Taxi and Limousine Commission on its new Five Borough Taxi program, establishing new rules to reduce emissions from boilers, and providing advice to the New York City’s chief digital officer regarding the city’s expanding use of social media.

Louis has served on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, including chairing the Government Counsel Committee. He was awarded the New York County Lawyers’ Association Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2002, and the Corporation Counsel’s Award for Distinguished Legal Service in 2010. In addition to his work at Columbia Law School, he was an associate at the law firm of Lord, Day and Lord, Barrett Smith, in its real estate unit.

 Louis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Columbia College.