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Matthew  L Levine


White Collar Criminal Defense
Integrity Oversight & Investigations
Intellectual Property


  • Columbia School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Lehigh University, B.A., Government with Highest Honors
  • Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review


  • New York 
  • U.S. District Ct., SDNY
  • U.S. District Ct., EDNY
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir. 
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, District of Columbia 
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals 
Matthew L Levine
Tel: (212) 841-1345
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Matthew L. Levine is a partner in Phillips Nizer LLP's Litigation Department in the New York office.  

Matt is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated numerous complex civil and criminal matters over a 30-year career.  Having tried more than 50 cases to verdict, Matt has expertise in every aspect of criminal, civil and regulatory litigation.
For nearly a decade Matt served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and later in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  In the Eastern District, Matt served as Acting Chief of the Business & Securities Fraud Section, supervising a group of federal prosecutors conducting major securities fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, health care fraud, tax fraud and other white-collar prosecutions. 

Matt also served as the first Executive Deputy Superintendent for Enforcement for the New York State Department of Financial Services.  There he oversaw complex investigations involving money laundering, terrorist financing, cybercrime, virtual currency fraud, tax fraud, and consumer fraud.  He also supervised major monitorships implemented by NYDFS at financial institutions, and served as the main point of contact for other criminal and civil governmental authorities.  Additionally, Matt represented NYDFS in high impact litigation in both federal and state court.

Matt has also litigated on behalf of a wide range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, high-tech start ups, and individuals at two major law firms: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Fish & Richardson.  His representations include numerous intellectual property matters involving disputes involving trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, patents and technology licensing.

In addition to litigation counseling and advocacy, Matt assists companies in compliance matters and investigations, including risk assessments, strengthening risk management and compliance programs, remediation efforts, corporate monitorships, and internal investigations.  Representative matters involve the financial markets, anti-bribery, cybercrime and intellectual property.

Professional Memberships

  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association; White Collar Subcommittee, Commercial Federal Litigation Section 
  • Federal Bar Council 
  • Copyrights Society