Noah E. Lewis, Esq. is the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal a national, New York City-based organization focused on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for transgender-related health care.
Noah previously worked for the Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as the staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund for five years. His work there included leading-edge impact litigation and policy work in areas such as identity documents, health care, and public accommodations. He went on to create and run a solo law practice serving transgender clients.
Noah is the Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee and is a past recipient of the Committee’s Arthur S. Leonard Award recognizing compelling commitment to LGBT equality through the law.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Noah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School. There he was awarded the Dean's Award for Community Leadership and also worked successfully to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.
J.D., Harvard Law School
Community Mediation Services, Queens, NY. Volunteer mediator.
National LGBT Bar Association, Member.
NYC Bar Association, Member.
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, NYC Bar Association. Member 2013-2016, Chair 2017-present.
Arcus Leadership Fellowship, 2017-2018.
Arthur S. Leonard Award for distinguished service on behalf of the LGBT community. Presented by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, June 2017.
Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Community Leadership, 2005.
For trans people like me, pronouns are about more than grammatical correctness, Washington Post, June 24, 2016 (reprinted in Focus on Reading and Writing: Essays, 2nd edition, by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell).
Sex and the Body: A 21st-Century Understanding of Trans People in Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century (ed. Shira Tarrant 2015).
Legal Issues for Transgender Individuals in Transgender Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach (ed. Wylie Hembree and Leonid Poretsky, forthcoming).