Washington, D.C. (August 22, 2011) – Vinson & Elkins has recruited Jason A. Levine as a partner in V&E’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Levine previously was the Head of the Trial Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. A versatile trial lawyer with over 15 years of experience, Mr. Levine has served as lead counsel to major corporations in their most complex and sensitive cases.
Mr. Levine also has significant experience representing political committees and candidates for elected office in campaign finance and election law litigation. He was selected in 2006 by Lawdragon magazine as one of 500 attorneys in the United States who are “carrying the legal profession to new frontiers,” and Lawdragon has also named him as one of the top 3,000 attorneys in the United States overall in each of the past four years.
Among many other cases that Mr. Levine has handled as lead counsel, he recently represented: a publicly-traded real estate investment and finance company in a “bet-the-company” lawsuit involving a $200 million change-of-control transaction and over $100 million in claims asserted against his client; a Fortune Global 500 corporation in three multi-million dollar consolidated contract and fraud lawsuits; and the former Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company in a securities class action and in an investigation into a possible shareholders’ derivative suit.
Among other trials, Mr. Levine recently: was the lead trial lawyer for a Panamanian real estate holding company in a $50 million breach of contract lawsuit against the U.S. State Department; tried an important case for a national political party committee involving a political consent decree; tried case-dispositive defenses for a global manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment in a billion-dollar class action involving union retiree health care benefits; and tried—for the defense—a political defamation case filed by an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate against several political committees.
Mr. Levine also recently represented the liquidators of an Antigua bank in an international civil forfeiture case against the U.S. Department of Justice, and advised a United States bank holding company regarding litigation over the only money-market fund to “break the buck” in 25 years. “I have long been impressed by Vinson & Elkins’s strengths in commercial litigation, securities defense, class actions, and intellectual property, and joining V&E will help me better serve my clients in my areas of focus,” Mr. Levine noted. “V&E’s preeminent practices in corporate, energy, and oil & gas law will also provide invaluable support to my clients with substantial legal needs in those areas.”
Karl Stern, co-chair of Vinson & Elkins’s 320-attorney Litigation & Regulatory Department and V&E Management Committee member, stated: “We are very pleased to have added such an accomplished trial lawyer and experienced practice leader to join our complex litigation group in D.C.” Michael Charness, V&E’s D.C. office Managing Partner, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Jason as he will further strengthen V&E’s growing national litigation practice, and he will add depth to our already stellar litigation practice here in D.C.” A noted legal commentator, Mr. Levine’s article, “A New World of Discovery,” was published by Corporate Counsel magazine in April 2011. In July, he participated in a roundtable discussion among law firm leaders about legal trends that will be published in the October 2011 edition of SmartCEO magazine. He has also taught several CLE training classes for the D.C. Bar.
A member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia, Mr. Levine is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Federal Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Michigan and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, among others. Mr. Levine received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1991.
Mr. Levine served as a judicial clerk to Judge (now Chief Judge) Randall R. Rader on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Levine has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Vinson & Elkins represents commercial litigation clients in the energy, financial, technology, construction, chemical, insurance, consumer products, airline, entertainment, and agriculture industries. Euromoney’s 2011 Benchmark Litigation lists Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate and Bankruptcy practices among the top firms in the U.S., and ranks V&E’s Litigation practice as “highly recommended” in Texas, and “recommended” in the District of Columbia.