Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2004, Executive Editor, Journal of Law and Politics
  • Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1999
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Michelle L. Levin

1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 378 7519
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Michelle L. Levin’s litigation portfolio includes substantial trial experience in connection with several high-profile white-collar criminal cases.  She also handles government investigations, related regulatory and civil proceedings, cross-border internal investigations, and data privacy issues.  In her last five trials, Ms. Levin has defended individuals in a breadth of industries including financial services, pharmaceutical, and retail.  One of her most recent trials resulted in a complete acquittal of all charges.  Ms. Levin's clients appreciate her ability to successfully and comprehensively guide them through the investigation, indictment, pretrial, trial, and appeal phases of each case.

Ms. Levin provides legal counsel to CEOs, CFOs, general counsel, and companies in significant matters brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), various US Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and New York State Department of Financial Services.  Her experience ranges from matters involving allegations of securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud, antitrust enforcement, visa fraud, major fraud against the United States, obstruction, false statements, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims ActArms Export Control Act, and Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.  Many of these cases resulted in no charges being filed.

Representative Matters

  • Defended former real estate investment trust CFO at trial in DOJ prosecution of accounting fraud charges, in parallel SEC investigation, and in multiple federal securities class actions
  • Defended former assistant general counsel of a major pharmaceutical company at trial in DOJ prosecution of obstruction and false statements charges related to representations made to the FDA and obtained a judgment of acquittal of all charges
  • Defended a former hedge fund manager and co-founder at trial in the landmark insider trading case U.S. v. Newman. The conviction was overturned in a unanimous decision by the Second Circuit.
  • Defended former retail company CEO at trial in DOJ prosecution of accounting fraud charges related to the alleged inflation of earnings through dozens of “round-trip” transactions
  • Defended a former public official at trial in DOJ prosecution of obstruction and campaign finance-related charges
  • Represented former software company CEO in connection with accounting fraud investigations by DOJ, SEC and UK SFO and successfully dismissed a related federal securities lawsuit
  • Represented executive of major bank in investigations by DOJ and UK FCA of alleged antitrust violations
  • Represented former general counsel of a technology company in DOJ investigation of alleged FCPA violations
  • Represented CEO of major bank in DOJ investigation related to mortgage-backed securities
  • Conducted cross-border internal investigations for several companies arising out of alleged antitrust and FCPA violations


  • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2015-2017
  • New York Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2013-2017

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Girls Write Now