Lewis Ensley is the vice president and division legal officer for Balfour Beatty Construction, a national leader in commercial construction, with a broad portfolio of projects throughout the United States for both private and public clients at all levels of federal, state and local government. Working out of the Southern California division headquarters in Scripps Ranch, Ensley manages all legal affairs for the region. Building on his experience as a construction contract litigator and construction superintendent, Ensley provides strategic advice and counsel to support all facets of Balfour Beatty’s business operations, including litigation, transactions, compliance, employment, and general risk identification and mitigation.
Recognizing the evolution of the construction industry from its adversarial roots to today’s more cooperative model, Ensley, along with his team of Balfour Beatty construction professionals, strives to employ a practical, proactive and collaborative approach to dispute avoidance and resolution. In addition to added client satisfaction, this approach helps foster long-term industry partnerships with the local contracting community built on trust, cooperation and mutual respect. While litigation is sometimes unavoidable, and at times contentious, he has found that being honest, ethical and forthright has served to diffuse contentious situations and to restore solid business relationships.
Ensley graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University in 1999 with a degree in political science, where he was active in the College Republicans and Golden Key National Honor Society. In 2002, he graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was recognized as a lifetime member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. He is admitted to practice in California, U.S. District Court (Southern District of California), and also serves on the government relations committee for the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
A San Diego native, Ensley resides in El Cajon with his wife, Jamie, daughters Manet (9) and Lylah (4), and son Liam (1). He is involved in his church and enjoys spending time with his family and rooting for the Chargers and five-time NASCAR champion, and El Cajon native, Jimmie Johnson.