MIKE LEVY rejoined Sidley in 2016 after spending 13 years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, including three years as that office’s Chief of Appeals. As Chief Appellate Attorney, Mike supervised all aspects of the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office’s criminal practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and counseled the United States Attorney and other senior members of the office on complex legal and strategic issues in the areas of insider trading and securities fraud, public corruption, terrorism, money laundering and cybercrime. Mike has personally briefed and/or argued more than 100 criminal appeals.
Prior to becoming Chief of Appeals, Mike spent a decade prosecuting cases in a variety of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s white collar units, including the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, the Complex Frauds unit and the Public Corruption unit. He was lead or co-lead counsel on 11 federal trials. Mike started his legal career as an associate in Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office, following a clerkship with United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.
Mike’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense at the trial and appellate level, securities enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance counseling and commercial litigation and disputes. He regularly represents individuals and corporations before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government and regulatory agencies.
Mike is recommended for Dispute Resolution: Appellate and Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense in The Legal 500 US 2017. He also serves as a vice chair of the UJA White Collar & Securities Enforcement Group.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court, E.D. of New York
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York
- New York
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1998
- Harvard University, A.B., 1994 (cum laude)
- Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York (1998 - 1999)