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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 is a preeminent lawyer in New York for governmental investigations and litigation, business litigation, and white collar criminal defense.  Called one of the “best legal minds” in the state by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in The New York Times, he has been described as a lawyer of “patience, integrity and judgment” in The New York Law Journal.

A longtime partner in the firm, he served from 2011 to 2015 as Chief Deputy Attorney of the State of New York, the second-ranking official in that office.  He played what The New York Times called a “critical role” in helping oversee “a number of significant investigations” by that office, including one of financial institutions resulting in multi-billion dollar fines.   He also represented New York in the National Association of Attorneys General, working with Attorneys General and their senior staff from across the United States.

Earlier in his career he served as a prosecutor in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and authored And the Blood Cried Out (Basic Books/HarperCollins), a book about the use of DNA evidence in the courtroom reviewed as “superb” by The Wall Street Journal

He is President-Elect of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court and former Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association.  He received the 2016 John J. McCloy Award from the Fund for Modern Courts and the 2016 Public Service Award from Citizens Union. 

Speaking Engagements

Conference of Western Attorneys General, and National Association of Attorneys General, Prescription Pharmaceutical Monitoring and Opioid Abuse (2016 and 2015).

New York State Bar Association, Key Issues in White Collar Criminal Defense (2015).

New York Council of Defense Lawyers, Attorney General Investigations and Prosecutions (2015).

American Bar Association White Collar Committee, Attorney General Investigations and Enforcement (2015).

New York City Bar Association, Litigation Summit, Governmental Investigations and Litigation (2014).

New York City Bar Association, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute, Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Enforcement (2012).

Amherst College, Reunion Weekend, Who’s Policing Wall Street? Or Not? (2012)

PLI, Banking Law Institute, Dodd-Frank and State Enforcement (2011).

New York City Bar Association, Standards for Prosecuting Corporate Fraud (2009).

Federal Bar Council, Examination and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses (2007).

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

President-Elect, Federal Bar Council Inn of Court (2016-2017)

Public Service Award, Citizens Union (2016)

John J. McCloy Award, Fund for Modern Courts (2016)

State Attorneys General Committee, American Bar Association (2016-present)

Trial Advocacy Faculty, New York County District Attorney’s Office (2016)

Advisory Board, National Association of Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (2013-2015)

Nominating Committee, New York City Bar Association (2014)

Chair, Council on Criminal Justice, New York City Bar Association (2009-2011)

Board of Directors, New York Council of Defense Lawyers (2010)


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

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

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

Related News

Harlan Levy receives Public Service Award from Citizens Union (October 28, 2016)

Fifty-three Attorneys Recognized as New York Metro Super Lawyers (October 10, 2016)

Harlan Levy Awarded John J. McCloy Award (February 4, 2016)

Harlan Levy, Schneiderman Deputy, Is Leaving Attorney General’s Office (New York Times)

Levy to Step Down as Chief Deputy AG and Return to Boies Schiller (NY Law Journal)

Top NY AG Deputy Returns To Boies Schiller (Law360)

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