Ranked among the nation’s leading lawyers in white collar defense and government investigations, Janet I. Levine is a trial and appellate attorney with extensive experience handling litigation involving securities, health care and tax fraud, and public corruption matters.

She has a record of winning first-of-a-kind trials and handling ground-breaking and high-profile matters, including the rare complete dismissal of a federal conspiracy and anti-kickback/Medicare fraud indictment that ended a multi-defendant prosecution of medical doctors in a premier spine and pain management practice.

Throughout her career, she has successfully represented corporations, politicians, judges, directors, officers, executives and licensed professionals in varied industries. Ms. Levine brings extensive trial, grand jury, and pretrial experience, as well as extensive pre-filing resolutions of difficult and sensitive matters, including litigating grand jury matters.

Ms. Levine is one of the few lawyers to ever try a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case, which resulted in the dismissal of all charges against her client based on prosecutorial misconduct.

Her accomplishments have won her accolades and honors, including two California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) awards and recognition from the National Law Journal, Daily Journal, Benchmark Litigation, Global Investigations Review and Los Angeles Business Journal. The prestigious Chambers USA ranks her among California’s top litigators for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and has described Ms. Levine as a “preeminent authority on white-collar litigation defense” who “is regularly called upon to advise on high-stakes cases.” Ms. Levine is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America.


Loyola Law School, J.D., 1980

  • Summa cum laude
  • Loyola Law Review, Editor

University of California, Los Angeles, 1977

  • Graduated with honors


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1980–1982

  • Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon
  • Chambers USA, Top-ranked in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2021—present
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018 Most Influential Women Attorneys in Los Angeles
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, 2006 and 2012
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow and Member of the Board
  • Global Investigation Review’s, Who’s Who Legal: Investigations, 2015—present
  • Daily Journal, Top White Collar Lawyers, 2020
  • Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers, most years 2003 to the present
  • Daily Journal, Top 100 Lawyers, 2012
  • The National Law Journal, Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers, 2014
  • The National Law Journal, White Collar Law Trailblazer, 2015
  • ABA Criminal Justice Section, Charles R. English Award, 2009
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Defense Attorney of the Year: Criminal Justice, 2006
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Including: Top 10
  • California Lawyer, Best in the West, Business crime matters
  • The Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2007—present
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in California
  • Global Investigation Review, Women in Investigations
  • Law 360, Top Female Trial Attorney, 2012
  • Law 360, White Collar MVP Award, 2012
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, White Collar Lawyer of the Year Award, 2012
  • ABA Criminal Justice Section (CJS), Chair, 2011–2012; White Collar Crime Committee, Co-Chair, 2007–2009
  • Moderator: American Bar Association’s 38th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (2023)
  • “Ethics 2021 – Perennial Ethics Issues,” 2021 ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime.
  • “Crisis Management: What’s a Lawyer to Do,” 2020 ABA National Institute on White Collar Crimes.
  • “Protecting Privilege in Global Investigations,” 2019 ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime.
  • “Changing Landscape for Post-Conviction Collateral Consequences,” The 30th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime.
  • “The Impact of Criminal Conviction on Public Sector Contractors and Grantees,” The 30th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime.
  • “The Evolving Landscape of Legal Privilege in Internal Investigations,” Criminal Justice, Vol. 30, No. 2, American Bar Association (Summer 2015).
  • Crowell & Moring LLP, 2008–2018
    Founding Partner of the Los Angeles Office, 2008–2018
    Chair of White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement, 2010–2013
    Chair of the Trial Practice, 2015­–2018
  • Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP, 19962008
  • Michaelson and Levine, 1984–1996
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California, 1982–1984
    Deputy Federal Public Defender
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California