Experienced Central Illinois lawyer with considerable past experience in both civil and criminal litigation.
Nina (Gougis) Lewis began her legal career at a large school law firm located near Chicago, Illinois. During her time there, Nina trained under some of the state’s most highly-recognized labor and employment attorneys. She successfully represented large- and mid-size employers in a wide variety of labor and employment disputes, including disputes in federal and state court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) and the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB). Nina also regularly advised management on employment best practices, employee rights and employer responsibilities.
After several years representing management, Nina decided to fulfill her dream of representing individual clients. She began working at a debtors’ rights and family law firm located in Peoria and Pekin, Illinois. While there, Nina was trained by one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in the area and quickly gained expertise in the areas of bankruptcy, debtors’ rights and family law.
Being no stranger to adversity herself, Nina displays a deep compassion for all of her clients, helping them navigate what often are the most difficult times in their lives. She strongly believes that every single client deserves the very best of her efforts.
Nina’s tough, but fair, effective and level-headed approach to the practice of law helps to ensure that her clients receive the very best outcome possible in a way that keeps costs to the client as low as possible. In addition, Nina strongly believes in keeping clients in-the-know about their cases by promptly returning phone calls, providing regular updates and communicating with clients in a way that is easy to understand.
Nina currently serves as the newsletter editor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Peoria Branch. She also is very active in the Peoria County Bar Association, as past chairwoman and current member of the Association’s Diversity Committee. Nina is admitted to the United States District Court of Central Illinois and the State of Illinois and is registered with the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Central Illinois District. She also is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA).