Andrew J. Levander is Chair of the firm’s Policy Committee and a partner in the white collar and securities litigation group. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Mr. Levander is consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law. Since 2004, he has been cited as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients. In 2013, Mr. Levander received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, an award he also received in 2010.
Chambers has noted that Mr. Levander is “in the top league,” a “consummate professional and brilliantly effective litigator,” and “one of the brightest, most effective lawyers in New York.” In Chambers Global, clients describe him as “a terrific oral advocate” for his trial practice. Since 2009, he has been recognized nationally by Chambers USA for securities litigation, most recently referred to as "extraordinarily perceptive and experienced." Chambers USA 2014 ranked him in Band 1 nationwide for his securities regulation enforcement practice, describing his as "very smart, hard-working and seasoned in representing high-profile individuals and boards." Since 2012, Chambers has also listed him nationally as a top tier lawyer in securities regulation enforcement, and since 2013, has recognized him as among the top trial lawyers, calling him a “Superstar.” In Chambers New York, Mr. Levander is praised for being "among the best litigators currently practicing." He is designated as a Star Individual for white-collar & government investigations and described as a "spectacular trial lawyer, counselor and adviser." In addition, Mr. Levander is recognized as a leading white collar criminal defense lawyer by The Legal 500 US, which notes that he is repeatedly singled out as "a lawyer in his prime" who has "visibility and big-ticket clients." The Legal 500 also recognizes Mr. Levander in the areas of securities shareholder litigation and has referred to him as “one of the best lawyers in the country” and "a real leader in his field" who has “a well deserved national reputation.”
Since 2006, he has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation and Securities Litigation, including just recently being named the Best Lawyers 2015 Corporate Compliance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New York; described by Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? as a nationally recommended lawyer for dispute resolution and white collar investigations; highlighted as a “Litigation Star” in white-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation; was named in March 2009 by The Lawyer as one of the 25 “Transatlantic Elite;” and was recognized as a top “bet the company” lawyer by Corporate Counsel. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Levander was recognized by Law360 as White Collar MVP for his headline-making representations. In 2013, he was ranked in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers and Securities Docket included him on its inaugural “Enforcement 40” - a list of the 40 best and brightest securities enforcement defense lawyers.
Mr. Levander represents parties in securities fraud and commercial litigation and criminal and government investigations. In the maelstrom of investigations and litigation arising out of the world financial crisis, he has been retained to represent such high-profile clients as Robert Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, Jon Corzine, former CEO of MF Global, Lehman Brothers’ outside directors and John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch. In addition, he has taken a leading role in Dechert’s representation of a number of intermediary funds and investment managers in the Bernard Madoff scandal, including his representation of Ezra Merkin. He has also advised many of the leading financial institutions or their affiliates such as AIG, Bank of NY, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, the NYSE, UBS, and Universal American Corp. Mr. Levander has regularly defended many public companies and their officers, directors, and affiliates, including Biovail Corp., Datascope Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Monster Worldwide, Motorola, OSI Pharmaceuticals and SAIC.
Mr. Levander has tried more than 50 cases, including several complex arbitrations. Drawing on his experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, he also has an extensive appellate practice in both federal and state courts. He has litigated in courts across the country and has arbitrated before the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers, UNCITRAL and private arbitrators. Mr. Levander also has extensive international litigation experience and has handled numerous investigations arising under the FCPA and similar statutes.
In a case selected by The New York Law Journal as one of its “Top Cases of 2004,” Mr. Levander obtained an acquittal for Michael Rigas on six counts and dismissal of two counts (the jury deadlocked on the remaining counts) in the five-month criminal trial in United States v. Rigas (the Adelphia Communications criminal fraud matter). That victory led The National Law Journal to profile Mr. Levander as one of the top 10 litigators in the country in 2005.
More recently, in September 2012, following a two-week bench trial, the New York Supreme Court rendered a sweeping victory to Mr. Levander’s clients, Ruby Schron and various entities he controls, in connection with a complex set of litigations involving the ownership and control of a multi-billion dollar nursing-home empire. Following three days of cross-examination by Mr. Levander, the Court expressly found that our adversaries were “evasive” and “mendacious” and that their explanations on the witness stand were incredible “prevarications” entitled to no weight. Subsequently, the lead adversary pleaded guilty to perjury related to that case and was disbarred.
Mr. Levander has been integrally involved in the management of headline crises for such diverse clients as Jon S. Corzine (MF Global collapse); Hewlett-Packard’s special counsel committee (Hurd termination litigation); SAIC’s board (CityTime contract scandal); Monster Worldwide (options backdating investigation and litigation); and Ezra Merkin of Gabriel Capital Corp. (Madoff related litigation). As described in the February 2005 The American Lawyer cover article, he successfully navigated Symbol Technologies, Inc. through a two-year internal investigation, criminal and SEC investigations, securities class action litigation, derivative litigation, and civil litigation by the company against its former employees. Mr. Levander has successfully represented several banks in various kinds of litigations and investigations. For example, in 2006, he negotiated a global settlement for BAWAG, Austria’s fourth largest bank, with Refco’s debtors, creditors, shareholders, bondholders and investors, as well as with the SEC and the Department of Justice. In 2012, he led the defense of Deutsche Bank in a billion dollar False Claims Act case brought by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Levander has also been involved in successful mediations and arbitrations. Two notable arbitrations include a multi-million dollar settlement in a private arbitration between two well-known investment banks involving a complex $100 million dispute arising out of the sale of a business, and a complete vindication of SkyLink Aviation, Inc., a Canadian company that provides helicopter and other aviation services around the world, in an international arbitration against the United Nations.
Mr. Levander has written extensively on legal issues and co-authored Prevention and Prosecution of High Technology Crime, published by Matthew Bender, and Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes, published by Aspen Law & Business. For many years, he served as an adjunct professor of trial practice at New York University, and he has lectured at Columbia University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the ABA White Collar Crime Institute, SIFMA, the Practising Law Institute, and various bar associations and government agencies. He is a former chair of the Bar Association of the City of New York’s Committee on Securities Litigation Professional Issues Subcommittee.
Tufts University, B.A., 1973, Summa cum laude
Columbia Law School, J.D., 1977, Kent Scholar, Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review
District of Columbia
Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit