Rene Auberjonois as attorney Paul Lewiston
|Lawyer, Counsel and Senior Partner at Crane, Poole, & Schmidt|
|Spouse(s):||Unnamed Wife, (deceased)|
|Related to:||Rachel Lewiston (daughter) |
Fiona Lewiston (granddaughter)
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|First episode |
|"Head Cases" in Season 1|
|Final episode |
|"Last Call" in Season 5|
|Episodes appeared in:||4 in series (2004-2008)|
|Character played by:||René Auberjonois|
Paul Lewiston is a Senior Partner at the lawfirm of Crane, Poole, & Schmidt. The part of Paul is played by actor René Auberjonois, well known to TV audiences for his roles as Clayton Endicott on the ABC-TV sitcom series Benson and as "Odo" on the long-running Star Trek:Deep Space Nine series.
Paul's main focus in his professional life is having the firm save face in the ligitation world, particularly when dealing with the increasingly erratic Denny Crane. He and Denny go back a long ways and are seen as long-standing, albeit slightly estranged, friends who've worked the law beat for many years. He is seen as being in a third-in-command sort of role after Denny and Shirley Schmidt, vicariously filling the role vacated by Edwin Poole after his breakdown, and has the authority to make executive decisions (such as firings, hirings, and bringing in the deep pockets of Chang).
Paul is a widower and has a daughter, Rachel, who was once a drug addict, specifically crystal meth. He closed off all contact with her years earlier when her addiction became out of control (he accused her of stealing money from him to support her habit) and learned, upon a later reuniting with her, that she had cleaned up her act and has a daughter (his granddaughter), Fiona. They attempt to rekindle their relationship, but upon finding a meth kit in her home, he forces her to enter rehab and assumes the role of Fiona's guardian until she is clean. This process almost ruins their relationship for good, but she eventually leaves rehab and reconnects with Paul, though she is not seen or mentioned since.