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 Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

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, a partner in Steptoe's New York office, focuses on white-collar government investigations, related regulatory and civil proceedings, and internal investigations, and her practice includes complex federal and state civil litigation. 

Ms. Levin provides legal counsel to individuals and companies in matters brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), various US Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, involving allegations of securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud, visa fraud, obstruction, false statements, embezzlement and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Actand Arms Export Control Act. 

Ms. Levin has substantial trial experience in connection with several high-profile white-collar criminal cases, one of which resulted in a complete acquittal of all charges.  She regularly represents CEOs, CFOs, and general counsels in significant DOJ and SEC investigations, many of which have resulted in no charges.  Ms. Levin has also conducted internal investigations ranging from alleged FCPA violations to embezzlement.

Recent significant representative matters include:

  • Defense of 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.
  • Defense of 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 Food and Drug Administration.  The Steptoe defense team obtained a judgment of acquittal of all charges.
  • Defense of former Duane Reade CEO at trial in DOJ prosecution of accounting fraud charges related to the alleged inflation of earnings through dozens of different “round-trip” transactions.  Following the jury verdict, the Steptoe defense team successfully showed that the government failed to prove any loss.
  • Defense of former public official at trial in DOJ prosecution of obstruction and campaign finance-related charges.
  • Representation of former CEO of software company in connection with an accounting fraud investigation being conducted by DOJ and SEC.  The Steptoe defense team successfully dismissed a related federal securities lawsuit.
  • Representation of former CFO of real estate company in connection with an accounting fraud investigation being conducted by DOJ and SEC, and in multiple federal securities lawsuits.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical company executive in connection with a DOJ investigation of alleged off-label marketing in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
  • Representation of the CEO of a major bank in connection with a DOJ investigation related to mortgage-backed securities.
  • Conducted an internal investigation arising out of alleged FCPA violations.
  • Conducted an internal investigation arising out of embezzlement by a former employee.


  • 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

  • Federal Courts Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Board of Directors, Girls Write Now