Richard L. Levine

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Richard L. Levine

Richard L. Levine

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Biography

Rick Levine is a partner in Weil’s New York office, where he has been a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation practice since it was first formed in 1984. Mr. Levine has devoted much of his career to litigation and counseling relating to prominent, “bet the company” legal disputes, including those that have arisen out of the recent financial crisis, high-profile M&A transactions, proxy contests, and some of the largest corporate bankruptcies in history. He has substantial experience with federal and state court litigation; arbitration; mediation; shareholder class actions; bankruptcy proceedings; SEC investigations and other securities regulatory matters; internal corporate investigations; and litigation-related counseling on matters involving crisis management, fiduciary duties, disclosure obligations, securities law compliance, contract interpretation, and corporate control issues.

Mr. Levine has played a leading role in complex matters for some of the world’s most prominent corporations and financial institutions, which repeatedly call on him for his solid understanding of the business and legal issues they face, his practicality, and his judgment. Currently, Mr. Levine is one of the leaders of a team of structured finance specialists and litigators advising a monoline insurer on its options with regards to its CMBS portfolio, which includes credit default swaps, CDO’s, and other complex financing arrangements. Mr. Levine also is lead counsel in a litigation pending in the Southern District of New York relating to the construction of a CRE CDO. Additionally, Mr. Levine is lead counsel for DataTreasury Corporation in multiple litigations, including claims relating to ownership of DataTreasury’s key patents. For Lehman Brothers, Mr. Levine has been the lead litigator on a wide variety of matters, including rights with respect to terminated derivatives, RMBS-related securities law claims, claims between Lehman entities in different parts of the world, various adversary proceedings, and multiple other matters.

Mr. Levine also has extensive experience counseling clients on strategy and litigation related to proxy contests, and has represented entities involved in proxy contests including Franklin Resources, Financial Industries Corp., and First Aviation Services. He also is a member of the firm’s bankruptcy litigation practice and has been involved in the representation of both creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy and related adversary proceedings, including Enron Corporation, Global Crossing, Advanta Corp., XL Capital, and Pirelli. Other notable clients have included: Hollywood Media, MovieTickets.com, General Electric Capital Corporation, Empire Resources, Hexagon Securities, and Millennium Chemicals.

Mr. Levine has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Securities Litigation by New York Super Lawyers. He is a member of the ABA’s Section of Litigation and the Federal Bar Council, and has published on numerous issues relating to litigation, securities laws, and corporate control matters.

Mr. Levine also has an active pro bono practice, and has provided pro bono civil legal counsel in tandem with MFY Legal Services, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the New York Legal Assistance Group. In April 2012, Mr. Levine received MFY’s Partner in Justice Award.

Mr. Levine graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

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Richard L. Levine
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Education
JD
Class of 1983

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

BA, magna cum laude
Class of 1980

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

Memberships
Member, Section of Litigation
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The organization began its existence in 1928 as a chapter of a national association of attorneys employed by the federal government. Because the national organization refused to admit African Americans, including Francis P. Giles, an Assistant United States Attorney from the Eastern District of New York, and a number of Assistants from the Southern District of New York, the group broke with the national organization. It was created as a separate organization, the Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, by act of the New York State Legislature, signed into law by then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, effective April 1, 1932. The organization sponsored the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Federal Courthouse at 40 Centre Street, Foley Square, on July 20, 1932, as well as the dinner at the Hotel Commodore upon the opening of the "new" courthouse in 1936. It was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of law clerks for federal district court judges. It participated in pressing for the adoption of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for which it was praised by Dean, later, Judge Charles E. Clark. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes was a frequent attendee at the organization's functions. In 1938, the organization adopted a resolution condemning the Rumanian government for endeavoring to oust Jewish members of the bar from their jobs. The tradition of the Thanksgiving Luncheon dates back to at least 1943. The Law Day Dinner was instituted in 1962. In 1968, the organization changed its name to the Federal Bar Council and made the courts of the Second Circuit its primary focus. The name "Council" was adopted because it reflected the advisory role to the courts which it had historically played, much like the Law Council of Inns of Court in England. In 1969, the Federal Bar Council conducted its first Winter Bench & Bar Conference which has been held every year since. The 2011 Winter Conference will be held at the Hilton Los Cabos, Mexico, with members of the bench and bar, many with their families in tow. The Conference will include 8 CLE programs, receptions and dinners. The Council held its first Fall Bench & Bar Retreat in 2000 with about 30 attendees. The 2010 Retreat welcomed over 200 members of the bench and bar for a weekend that included 5 CLE programs, receptions and dinners in a relaxing setting in the Berkshires

Career History
Partner
Current

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Lead Counsel
Current

DataTreasury Corp. is an American private company. The firm provides document imaging and transaction solutions. It was founded by Claudio R. Ballard.

Political Donations
$300
2012

Partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP

$200
1997

Borough President, Queens at City of New York (New York)

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Whirlpool Corp. purchases Maytag Corp.

Awards & Honors
Court Admission: US District Court, Eastern District of New York
Admitted to the New York Bar
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
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