James Lewis
lawyer, labor adviser

James Lewis, 64, a lawyer and labor and employee relations adviser with several federal agencies, died Jan. 30 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He lived in McLean.

His wife, Angela Lewis, confirmed the death.

Mr. Lewis retired in 2011 after more than 30 years of federal service. His last assignment was a one-year stint with the Navy Department in Naples.

For most of his career, he was with the Defense Department, including several positions at the Washington Navy Yard. He also worked in labor and employee-relations jobs at the Justice, Treasury and Education departments and the Internal Revenue Service.

James Elwood Lewis was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., and raised partly in the Washington area. He graduated in 1966 from Wakefield High School in Arlington and in 1970 from Indiana University. He was a 1984 graduate of George Mason University law school.

His first marriage, to Deborah Buckles, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1981, Angela Bambino Lewis of McLean; a daughter from his first marriage, Carisa Whittal of Short Hills, N.J.; two children from his second marriage, Richard B. Lewis of Leesburg and Elizabeth R. Lewis of McLean; a sister, Bonnie L. Gay of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes