Janet Levine, Partner Los Angeles
jlevine@crowell.com
Phone: +1 213.443.5583
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Janet Levine is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office, chair of the firm's Trial Practice, and a member of the firm's Management Board and Executive Committee. 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." In 2014, she was selected as one of The National Law Journal's "Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers." 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 is consistently 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 2015, she was featured in Global Investigations Review's Women in Investigations.

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 Act (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, Los Angeles, where she graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the Loyola Law Review. Ms. Levine was previously a partner with Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP, and was a founding partner of Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Fraud/Theft Offenses," Twenty-Fifth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing, Orlando, FL (June 2, 2016). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "How to Interface with the Government When You Get in Trouble," WOOPS 2016, Crowell & Moring's 32nd Annual West Coast Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Marina del Rey, CA (May 18, 2016). Moderator: Gail D. Zirkelbach; Panelists: Kelly T. Currie, Janet Levine, and David B. Robbins.
  • "Here’s to Your Health: Workplace and Consumer Protection Crimes," Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice to Feature Panels on Cutting-edge Criminal Law Issues, Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2016). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Collateral Consequences: The Ever-Expanding Intended and Unintended Impact of a Conviction," The 30th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Diego, CA (March 3, 2016). Presenters: Janet Levine and Kelly T. Currie.
  • "ESI in the Criminal Justice System-From Pre-Indictment Investigation to Trial," The Sedona Conference Webinar (February 10, 2016). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age," Breaking Developments in Criminal Practice, ABA Criminal Justice Section Spring CLE, San Antonio, TX (May 15, 2015). Speaker: Janet Levine.
  • "White Collar Crime: Whistle Blowers, FCPA, Cybercrime & More," Loyola Law School – Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice, Los Angeles, CA (April 17, 2015). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "White Collar Crime: Whistle Blowers, FCPA, Cybercrime & More," 9th Annual Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice, Los Angeles (April 17, 2015). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Charging and Bail, and Cross Examination," NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson Boot Camp Program, Gulfport, Fl (March 14-15, 2015). Instructor: Janet Levine.
  • "Charging & Bail," NACDL's 4th Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson, Gulfport, FL (March 12-15, 2015). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Cross Examination," NACDL's 4th Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson, Gulfport, FL (March 12-15, 2015). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Responding to Subpoenas," The 29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, New Orleans, LA (March 5, 2015). Moderator: Janet Levine.
  • "An Evening with Wall Street’s Top Cop: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles, CA (November 11, 2014). Moderator: Jason C. Murray; Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Global Developments in Anti-Bribery Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement," ABA International White Collar Crime Institute, London, UK (October 13, 2014). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Doing Deals in and With Emerging Markets: BRICs and Beyond 2014, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Enforcement," Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY (July 10, 2014). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Legal Professional Privilege In An Uncertain World: Protecting Confidential Communications and Work Product In Multijurisdictional Investigations," International Bar Association 17th Transnational Crime Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (April 2-4, 2014). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Knock, Knock. A Dozen Federal Agents Are In My Lobby At The Receptionist’s Desk With A Search Warrant, And They Want To Talk To Me. What Do I Do?" Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, CA (March 13, 2014). Speaker: Janet Levine.
  • "Going to Trial," Eighth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, LA (October 24-25, 2013). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Beyond Cultural Boundaries: Welcoming Diversity into our Courtrooms," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2013). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "California Society of CPA's Forensic Services Joint Section," Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2013). Speaker: Janet Levine.
  • "Super Direct-and Cross-Examination: Demonstrations from White Collar Trial Masters of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and Florida Bar Association," ABA Criminal Justice Section 2013 CJS Spring Conference, Boca Raton, FL (May 10, 2013). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "From Corruption to Clarity, Scandals to Solutions: Using Law and PR to Solve Your Clients Corruption Crisis," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2013). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Litigating FCPA Cases: Prosecution and Defense Strategies," 27th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 6-8, 2013). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "The DOJ/SEC Resource Guide on the FCPA: Considerations for Government Contractors," L2 Federal Resources Webinar (January 17, 2013). Presenters: Alan W. H. Gourley, Stephen M. Byers, Janet Levine, and Kelly T. Currie.
  • "Representing the Small Corporation and Individuals and Going To Trial," 2nd Annual NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson University College of Law (January 9-13, 2013). Speaker: Janet Levine.
  • "Inside the Defense of the Lindsey Manufacturing, Africa Sting, and O'Shea Prosecutions: What Recent Cases Reveal About the Future of FCPA Enforcement against Individuals," American Conference Institute 15th FCPA Boot Camp (June 26-27, 2012). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Caipirinhas and Corruption," International Bar Association Conference – 15th Transnational Crime Conference (June 14-16, 2012). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Dealing With an Unethical Prosecution: Fighting Back…and Winning!," National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NACDL's 2nd Annual West Coast White Collar Seminar, "Turning the Tables on the Government" (June 7-8, 2012). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "The Future of White Collar Prosecutions: Challenges for Both Sides of the Bar," Landers Memorial Lecture: Roundtable on Prosecutorial Ethics, Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice, Loyola Law School (April 20, 2012). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "What Every Southern California Business Should Know About Government Regulations and Enforcement in 2012," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Southern California Chapter, MCLE Program (March 21, 2012). Presenters: Janet Levine, Christopher K. Lui, Angela B. Styles, and Mark R. Troy.
  • "Self Report? Or Roll the Dice?" Sixth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, LA (November 3-4, 2011). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Hot Topics in International Complex Criminal Investigations," 14th Annual Transnational Crime Conference, Amsterdam (June 9-11, 2011). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Ponzi Schemes - When There is Nothing There," 25th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Diego, CA (March 2-4, 2011). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Discussion of Honest Services Mail Fraud Legislation," Town Hall Meeting on the State of White Collar Crime, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting, Washington D.C. (November 4-7, 2010). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Sentencing Advocacy for the 21st Century," Third Annual Sentencing and Reentry Institute and Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting, Washington D.C. (November 4-7, 2010). Moderator: Janet Levine.
  • "Sentencing Guidelines in a Securities Fraud Case: Ouch," American Bar Association’s Fifth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, LA (October 7 & 8, 2010). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "DOJ on Line One, WSJ on Line Two: How to Make the Right Calls in the Worst Case Scenario," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, August ACCESS MCLE program (August 2010). Presenters: Kelly Currie, Michael Cypers, Janet Levine, Jeff Rutherford, Mark Troy, and Katie Balderrama.
  • "How Technology is Changing the Law," The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2010). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Obstruction of Justice and Making False Statements: Where the Cover-Up is Worse than the Crime," American Bar Association's 24th Annual Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, FL (February 24, 2010). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Sentencing Mitigation and Advocacy: Crafting and Presenting a Sufficient Sentence," The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2009 Fall Conference (November 6, 2009). Presenter: Janet Levine.
  • "Practical Advice for Defending a Securities Fraud Prosecution or Enforcement Action," Fourth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud (October 15-16, 2009). Panelist: Janet Levine.
  • "Sentencing Advocacy in White Collar Cases," National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2009 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (August 5-9, 2009). Panel Participant: Janet I. Levine.
  • "Representing the Individual," National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Council, presented by the American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (May 6-8, 2009). Moderator: Janet I. Levine.
  • "Political Corruption Prosecutions: From City Hall to the Halls of Congress: How are Political Corruption Cases Investigated, Prosecuted and Defended?," Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice, reception for Los Angeles Superior Court Judges, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2009). Panel Participant: Janet I. Levine.


Publications



Client Alerts & Newsletters



In the News



Firm News & Announcements

Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Apr.29.2016 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Named Among the Daily Journal's "Top Women Lawyers"
Jan.06.2016 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Named to National Law Journal’s White Collar Crime Trailblazers List
Oct.30.2015 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Oct.12.2015 Crowell & Moring Recognized Among Global Investigation Review's 'GIR 100'
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.07.2015 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Featured Among National Law Journal’s Trailblazers & Pioneers
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2014 25 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.12.2014 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Named Among the Daily Journal's "Top Women Lawyers"
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2013 Litigation Note: Crowell & Moring Client General Motors Prevails in $3 Billion Suit
Jun.01.2013 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
May.29.2013 Crowell & Moring Among Law360's Elite "FCPA Powerhouse" Law Firms
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.29.2013 Crowell & Moring Releases Report, "Litigation Forecast 2013"
Sep.12.2012 Chair of Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Group, Janet Levine, Named as One of Daily Journal's "2012 Top 100 Lawyers"
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.01.2012 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
May.30.2012 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Recognized Among Daily Journal's "Top 100 Women Litigators" and Law360's "Top Female Trial Attorneys"
Feb.16.2012 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Recipient of California Lawyer's "Attorney of the Year" Award
Feb.16.2012 Crowell & Moring Among Law360's Elite "Practice Group of the Year" Listing for Government Contracts and White Collar
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.01.2011 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Named Among the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Women Litigators for 2011
Jun.01.2011 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011
Jan.20.2011 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Selected as Chair-Elect of ABA's Criminal Justice Section
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2010 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2010
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
May.13.2010 Crowell & Moring Partners Janet Levine and Beatrice Nguyen Named Among California's "Top Women Litigators"
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.10.2009 Crowell & Moring's Janet Levine Receives Prestigious ABA Criminal Justice Charles R. English Award
Jul.01.2009 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009
Jun.15.2009 Daily Journal Selects Janet Levine as a 2009 Top Woman Litigator
Oct.06.2008 White Collar Firm Lightfoot Vandevelde Joins Crowell & Moring To Form Los Angeles Office
Background image