Michael Levy is a partner in the Investigations and 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, and other criminal statutes.
Mr. Levy has represented corporate and individual clients in many of the most prominent white collar matters of the past two decades, including representation of central players in the complex and overlapping investigations of Enron, 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, the use by the former Secretary of State of a non-governmental private email server, and many others. He excels at high-profile, complex investigations being conducted simultaneously by multiple prosecutors, regulatory enforcement agencies, and congressional committees.
Chambers USA notes that the “fantastic” and “very talented” Mr. Levy offers “great judgment” and is a “smart, client-focused and energetic individual” who is “experienced and resourceful,” “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.
Mr. Levy is a frequent author and speaker on white collar issues, addressing audiences at programs with the ABA National Institute on Securities Fraud, Institutional Investor, Corporate Board Member, and District of Columbia Bar on topics ranging from corporate governance and internal investigations to risk management and the role of communications in high-profile litigation.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
SEC Discontinues its Case Against Thomas A. Lund
September 21, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Continues White Collar Expansion with Addition of High-Profile Washington, D.C. Partner Group
February 23, 2015
Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Recognized as a Law360 Practice Group of the Year
February 17, 2015
Respected White Collar Team Joins Paul Hastings in Washington, DC
June 02, 2014
The SEC’s Unlawful and Dangerous Expansion of the Exchange Act
December 01, 2017
Neither A Whitewash Nor A Witch-Hunt Be: Reclaiming The Independence Of Internal Investigations
October 02, 2006
Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2019
Paul Hastings was again ranked in Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, a ranking of “100 firms from around the world able to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations." Building off rankings in consecutive years, the firm moved up to break GIR's Top 20 list of law firms working in complex global investigations. The following attorneys were noted in the editorial profiling the firm: Ken Breen, Robert Luskin, John (Jay) Darden, Kwame Manley, Tim Dickinson, Tara Giunta, Thomas Zaccaro, Gary Giampetruzzi, Michael Levy,, Corinne Lammers, Morgan Miller, Nat Edmonds, Tom Best, Matt Herrington, Jonathan Drimmer, and Simon Airey.
October 24, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Ranked by Global Investigations Review's coverage of Washington DC’s FCPA Bar
Paul Hastings was ranked “Elite”—the highest category—in “Washington DC’s FCPA Bar,” “a ranked guide to the best firms for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters in the US capital” published by Global Investigations Review publication Just Anti-Corruption. The accompanying profile of the firm noted that Paul Hastings “wields an all-star cast of attorneys on the DC FCPA scene,” mentioning Amy Carpenter-Holmes, Jay Darden, Timothy Dickinson, Nathaniel Edmonds, Tara Giunta, Corinne Lammers, Michael Levy, Bob Luskin, Kwame Manley, and Morgan Miller.
August 22, 2016
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016