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Former Regional Director of the SEC’s Chicago Office Joel R. Levin Joins Constantine Cannon’s Whistleblower Practice

Posted  December 3, 2021

Former Regional Director of the Chicago office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Joel R. Levin has joined Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower practice as Of Counsel. See C|C Press Release.  Mr. Levin brings a wealth and breadth of government experience handling complex fraud cases to the firm’s whistleblower practice.

From 2018 to 2021, Mr. Levin served as the Regional Director of the Chicago office of the SEC, the agency’s second-largest regional office overseeing a nine-state region, covering approximately 20 percent of the nation’s population. He directed 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, as well as compliance examinations of more than 2,000 investment advisers and investment companies with over $10 trillion in assets under management, and more than 500 broker-dealers with more than 35,000 branch offices.

Prior to his service at the SEC, Mr. Levin served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago from 2014-2018. In that role, Mr. Levin was second-in-command of an office 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, where 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. 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 joins the largest and most successful practice devoted to U.S. and international whistleblowers. Constantine Cannon’s experience includes some of the largest claims in history under federal and state False Claims Acts as well as the whistleblower programs of the IRS, SEC, CFTC, DOT, FinCEN and others.

For more about Mr. Levin, click here.

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