Joshua A. Levy

Partner

Mr. Levy’s practice encompasses commercial litigation and complex white collar matters with a specialty in the representation of clients under investigation by the Justice Department, grand juries, Congress, government enforcement agencies, inspector generals, and internal corporate inquiries.

Mr. Levy’s specialized services and guidance have proven invaluable for clients caught in the middle of parallel proceedings.  He has created strategic defenses for high-profile, high-stakes matters by managing legal, professional, political and reputational threats to achieve successful outcomes.

A former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (investigating government failures in Hurricane Katrina) and, prior to that, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, Mr. Levy has taught a seminar on “Congressional Investigations” at Georgetown Law for over a decade.

While in private practice, Mr. Levy has helped conduct large scale investigations on behalf of clients.  Representative matters include:

On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, Mr. Levy helped lead an investigation into the role of the French government in connection with the Genocide against the Tutsi, in Rwanda, resulting in a 600-page report.

On behalf of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Mr. Levy co-led an investigation into the conduct of certain agents arising out of the Biogenesis scandal.

Mr. Levy has also represented companies, non-profits and individuals under investigation.  For example:

Mr. Levy has represented dozens of other companies and individuals in congressional investigations, including inquiries into private security contracting in Afghanistan, Fast & Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, and many other subject matters. Most recently, Mr. Levy represented Obama Administration officials in the Senate’s investigation into Hunter Biden and Burisma, and art gallery in a Senate investigation of money laundering vulnerabilities in the art world. Mr. Levy also represented Fusion GPS and its principals Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch and Tom Catan in congressional investigations into Russia’s interference with the 2016 US presidential election.

He co-represented Paula Broadwell, biographer to General David Petraeus, in Justice Department criminal investigations that resulted in no charges for her.

He represented a city official, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s criminal investigation of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio that resulted in no charges.

He has represented several hospital, pharmaceutical and medical device company executives in Justice Department criminal investigations resulting in no charges for those clients.

A specialist in healthcare fraud law, Mr. Levy teaches “Healthcare Fraud and Abuse” at Georgetown Law.  He has been involved in matters relating to pharmaceutical and medical device claims, hospital over-billing claims, Anti-Kickback Statute violations and Stark Law abuses.  Mr. Levy’s experience with healthcare fraud matters have included complex negotiations with U.S. Attorneys Offices, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and state agencies, and as well as the FDA and foreign regulatory agencies.  For example, he worked with a team of attorneys on behalf of Dinesh Thakur, in his landmark False Claims Act case against Ranbaxy, producing the largest drug safety settlement against a generic drug company, in U.S. history.

As a litigator, Mr. Levy recently represented Fusion GPS and its principals in three RICO suits filed against them, all  of which the courts have dismissed.  See Nunes v. Fusion GPS, Case 1:19-cv-01148-RDA-TCB (EDVA Order of Dismissal with Prejudice Mar. 31, 2021); Nunes v. Fusion GPS, Case No. 1:19-cv-1148-LO-TCB (E.D.VA. Order of Dismissal Feb. 21, 2020); Halvorssen v. Simpson, Case No. 2:18-cv-2684 (ENV) (RLM) (E.D.N.Y. Order of Dismissal with Prejudice Aug. 26, 2019), affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Mar. 18, 2020).

In a civil action alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Mr. Levy successfully moved to quash subpoenas served by a Canadian mining consortium on its political rivals, who fought for the protection of the Bristol Bay, Alaska watershed (home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery) and against the “Pebble Mine” that would destroy it.  See, e.g., Pebble Limited Partnership v. EPA, 310 F.R.D. 575 (D.Alaska  2015).

Mr. Levy has expertise in the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.  He has conducted dozens of internal investigations, created compliance programs, trained employees and helped perform due diligence with regard to a company’s potential exposure under these statutes.

Before co-founding Levy Firestone Muse LLP in 2014, Mr. Levy practiced in the litigation and white collar defense groups at Arnold & Porter LLP and Stein, Mitchell & Muse LLP. He has been named a Super Lawyer for White Collar in Washington, DC, 2013-2020. Prior to practicing law, he served as as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joan A. Lenard, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1999-2001).

For nearly two decades, Mr. Levy has practiced innovative law in complex matters to the satisfaction of his clients. His clients come from high levels of government, and from US companies, US non-profits and global entities facing US inquiries and US litigation.

Contact

  • 1701 K Street NW
    Suite 350
    Washington, DC 20006
  • (202) 845-3215 Main
  • (202) 595-8253 Fax