Janet Levine is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office and chair of the firm's Trial Practice. She is a trial and appellate attorney, with extensive experience in securities, health care, and tax fraud and all manner of public corruption matters. She has represented corporations, politicians, judges, directors, officers, and executives and licensed professionals in myriad industries, providing defenses against allegations of wrongdoing. Ms. Levine brings extensive trial, grand jury, and pretrial experience, as well as extensive pre-filing resolutions of difficult and sensitive matters, including litigating grand jury matters.
Ms. Levine is one of the few lawyers to ever try a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case. After a trial lasting over five weeks, she obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all charges against her client based on prosecutorial misconduct (United States v. Aguilar, 10-1031(A)-AHM, U.S. District Court, Central District of California).
Ms. Levine is a past chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and is also a member of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee and Council, the Section's policy-making and advisory board. She is a past chair of the American Bar Association's White Collar Crime Committee and a past chair of the American Bar Association's West Coast Regional Subcommittee on White Collar Crime. She is also a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Ms. Levine has served as a delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Ms. Levine is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In July 2009, she received the Charles R. English Award, presented each year by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association to a member of the section who has distinguished themselves in the field of criminal justice. She is recognized by many publications as being among the best lawyers in the white-collar crime arena, including being named one of the best white collar criminal defense lawyers in California by Chambers USA, who describes her as "an exemplary lawyer who is intelligent, extremely hard-working and meticulous," "very talented," and "one of the best criminal defense lawyers you could ever find." Ms. Levine has also been named one of the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers and has been included for many years as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine. She was listed as among the "Best in the West" lawyers for business crime matters by California Lawyer and named one of the top women litigators in California, according to the Los Angeles Daily Journal. She has also appeared in multiple editions of the "Best Lawyers in America."
In 2012, Ms. Levine also received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in the "criminal law" category for her work in the landmark Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA) case, the first trial and conviction of a corporation in an FCPA prosecution. In a stunning reversal for her client, Lindsey Manufacturing's CFO, Steven Lee, the federal judge in the case found a pattern of serious prosecutorial misconduct and threw out Lee's conviction before sentencing.
In 2012 Ms. Levine also received the inaugural White Collar Criminal Defense Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was named Defense Counsel of the Year by Loyola Law School. She was also chosen to be profiled in 2012 as one of ten "Top Female Trial Attorneys" by Law360.
In 2006, Ms. Levine and John Vandevelde received CLAY awards for their representation of accused double-agent Katrina Leung. After a widely publicized legal battle, they obtained a dismissal of all charges based on prosecutorial misconduct. They then negotiated a global resolution of all criminal and tax matters, no additional time in custody, and the return of most of the client's seized assets. Ms. Levine also received the Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's 2006 Defense Attorney of the Year award.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Levine served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, United States Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a Deputy Federal Public Defender, where she represented indigent defendants charged with a variety of federal crimes. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in 1977 from the University of California at Los Angeles and her law degree in 1980 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the Loyola Law Review. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Ms. Levine was a partner in the Los Angeles firm Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP.