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Harlan A. Levy

New York

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Areas of Practice



Global Investigations and White Collar Defense

Product Liability

Securities Litigation


Columbia Law School, J.D., 1980

Amherst College, B.A., 1977


Hon. Leonard P. Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1980-1981


New York

United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Harlan Levy returned to the firm’s partnership after serving for five years as Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of New York. He joined that office as its second ranking official on January 1, 2011, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's first day in office.

As Chief Deputy Attorney General, he helped oversee some of the office’s most important investigations and cases, including:

  • criminal prosecution of more than seventy public officials and non-profit executives in public integrity cases
  • the office’s antitrust challenge to AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile
  • the office’s initiative to compel the smartphone industry to implement technological solutions that allowed stolen smartphones to be rendered inoperable
  • defense of the constitutionality of New York's gun control and marriage equality laws.

He previously was a partner at the firm from July 1, 2000 through December 31, 2010. His practice focused on civil litigation and the defense of governmental investigations, representing clients including Delta Air Lines, Pfizer, DuPont and Tyco International.

His legal career began as law clerk to Judge Leonard P. Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he practiced as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Robert M. Morgenthau, where he was a homicide prosecutor in the Major Offense/Career Criminal Bureau, had a 94% trial conviction rate, and was an early leader in the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases.   

He is the author of “And the Blood Cried Out,” published by Basic Books/HarperCollins, a “highly regarded book about the use of DNA in the courtroom,” The New York Times,  reviewed as “superb” by The Wall Street Journal and  “riveting” by Publishers’ Weekly. His book was excerpted in Waltz and Park, "Evidence, Cases and Materials" (Foundation Press).

Harlan Levy has appeared frequently on national television on programs including the Today Show (NBC), Burden of Proof (CNN), Rivera Live (CNBC), Lou Dobbs (CNN), and Firing Line with William F. Buckley (PBS). He has appeared over 100 times as a trial commentator on Court TV.

Mr. Levy represented the New York AG’s Office at conferences of the National Association of Attorneys General, where he worked closely with state Attorneys General from across the United States and their senior staff. He frequently participated as a panelist at those national conferences on topics of interest to state Attorneys General.

His recent invited speeches include:

  • Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference (scheduled for February, 2016)
  • New York State Bar Association Key Issues in White Collar Criminal Defense (scheduled for December, 2015)
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers (2015)
  • American Bar Association White Collar Committee (2015)
  • New York City Bar Association Litigation Summit (2014)
  • New York City Bar Association Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute (2012)
  • PLI Banking Law Institute (2011)
  • New York City Bar Association Standards for Prosecuting Corporate Fraud (2009)
  • Keynote speaker, National Institutes of Health conference on the Ethical, Legal and Social implications of the Human Genome Project (2006)

He has served in leadership roles in numerous public and private organizations, including:

  • Board of Directors, Penton Media, Inc. 
  • Board of Directors, Citadel Broadcasting Co. 
  • Chair, Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Special Victims Committee, transition team of New York County District Attorney-Elect Cyrus R. Vance 
  • Executive Committee, Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts
  • Nominating Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Advisory Board, National Association of Attorneys General Training and Research Institute

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he received the Psi Upsilon or First Citizen of the College Prize, awarded by the President and Deans to the graduating senior who “best embodies the ideals of liberal education and character,” and Columbia Law School.


Author, And the Blood Cried Out (Basic Books/ HarperCollins: 1996) (hardcover); (Avon Books: 1997) (mass market paperback); (Hara Shoba: 1998) (Japanese).

Making Experts Matter, Litigation Magazine (American Bar Association: 2008).

Caught Up in DNA's Growing Web, The New York Times, Op-Ed page (2006).

Jury Selection in Criminal Cases, New York County District Attorney's Office Trial Advocacy Manual (1992-present).

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