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Michael Levy

Paul Hastings LLP

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Partner, Litigation Department


Michael Levy is a partner in the White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on white collar defense, investigations, and representation of corporations and individuals in connection with government enforcement initiatives. He has conducted internal investigations for Fortune 100 and other companies as well as their audit committees, and has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, high-ranking public officials, civic leaders, and prominent corporate executives throughout the United States in major criminal cases and congressional, SEC, and other governmental investigations involving alleged violations of fraud, securities, tax, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental, healthcare, False Claims Act, obstruction of justice, bribery, wiretapping, and other criminal statutes. Mr. Levy has represented corporate and individual clients in many of the most prominent white collar matters of the past decade, including representation of central players in the complex and overlapping investigations of Enron Corp., the financial and accounting scandals of Fannie Mae, the downfall of MF Global, alleged tax abuses on Wall Street and around the world, the NFL’s “Spygate” scandal, the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles, the murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and many others. He excels at high-profile, complex investigations being conducted simultaneously by multiple federal and state prosecutors, regulatory enforcement agencies, and congressional committees. Chambers USA notes that Mr. Levy offers “great judgment” and is a “smart, client-focused and energetic individual” who is “incredibly responsive,” “a master at representing individuals and groups in complex white-collar cases,” and “an insightful attorney who inspires clients’ confidence.” The New York Times has profiled Michael’s diverse career and work in connection with the “Spygate” investigations by the National Football League and Sen. Arlen Specter (“A Legal Journey From Enron to the N.F.L.”). He has been quoted as an authority on white collar defense and government investigations in numerous U.S. newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Reuters, and has appeared on “ABC World News,” CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Television, “Good Morning America,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” and Court TV.


Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude (1988) Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude (1985) Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit), U.S. Court of Appeals (Fifth Circuit), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The 'talented lawyers' at Paul Hastings LLP stand out for their experience in dealing with complex international corporate investigations, and are particularly commended by clients for their teamwork under the 'impressive' stewardship of New York's Kenneth Breen. Alongside Phara Guberman and Jane Yoon, Breen is representing former supervisor of the money market desk at Deutsche Bank in a DOJ prosecution pending in the Southern District of New York relating to allegations of Libor manipulation. 'A most remarkable practitioner', Washington DC-based Robert Luskin (who 'combines the skills of a scholar and a street-wise fighter') is, alongside Kwame Manley, assisting SAP with a number of matters, including an internal investigation related to US sanctions in Iran. Having represented the client throughout its corruption investigation and resolution with the DOJ, Luskin and John Darden continue to represent Braskem through its monitorship. 'Smart, strategic and tireless' Michael Levy is also recommended in Washington DC.

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