Joel R. Levin is Of Counsel in Constantine Cannon’s Whistleblower Practice. Mr. Levin has years of experience in leadership roles at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Levin draws on his breadth of government experience handling complex fraud cases to assist in developing the most effective legal strategy for Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower clients.
Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Levin served from 2018 to 2021 as the Regional Director of the Chicago office of the SEC, the agency’s second-largest regional office, where he oversaw a team of more than 260 attorneys, accountants, investigators and securities compliance examiners responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of enforcement actions and compliance examinations of investment companies, investment advisers and broker-dealers.
Prior to his service at the SEC, Mr. Levin served from 2014 to 2018 as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In that role, Mr. Levin was second-in-command of an office of more than 300 attorneys and support staff responsible for the prosecution of federal crimes and representation of the United States in both affirmative and defensive litigation. In 2017, Mr. Levin served as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the office and in that role, he launched the office’s first Health Care Fraud Unit.
During his career at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Levin served in three U.S. Attorney’s Offices – Chicago, San Francisco and Milwaukee. In San Francisco, he served as a supervisor in the Criminal Division and then, as Chief of the Criminal Division. In Chicago, his leadership roles included service as a Deputy Chief and then, as a Section Chief in the Criminal Division. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Levin investigated, prosecuted and tried numerous complex white collar cases, including health care fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and tax fraud. For many years in Chicago, he handled public corruption cases and was part of the trial team that successfully investigated and tried the case against former Illinois Governor George Ryan. Mr. Levin tried more than 40 jury trials during his time as a federal prosecutor.
In addition to his government experience, Mr. Levin was in private practice for six years at a large national law firm where he handled corporate internal investigations and represented both companies and individuals in criminal investigations alleging health care fraud, securities fraud and antitrust violations.
Mr. Levin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has received numerous awards for his work at the Department of Justice, including being a four- time recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has also received the Federal Bar Association of Chicago’s Frank McGarr Award, the Cook County Crime Prevention Excellence in Law Enforcement Award and the Harvard Law Society of Illinois’ Role Model Honor. Mr. Levin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law since 2008. Mr. Levin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.