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Richard Ware Levitt

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Mr. Levitt, the founding partner of Levitt and Kaizer (40 Fulton Street, NY, NY 10038, (212) 480-4000), has a national reputation for excellence.  Described by a Second Circuit Judge in the Foreword of a popular legal treatise as “an outstanding defense lawyer with a scholarly bent,” he is author of the Second Circuit Criminal Law Update, a 1,200-page outline of Second Circuit criminal Law (North Law Publishers 2009), and has written numerous magazine articles on a variety of subjects. He has been a frequent lecturer for several organizations, including the New York County Lawyers Association, the Center For Negotiating Strategy and the New York Criminal Bar Association. A life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Levitt is also a former Board Member and honoree of the New York Criminal Bar Association and a long-term member of the American Bar Association.

An active and well-known trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Levitt has been involved in numerous high-profile cases, defending clients against charges that include, among many others, RICO, securities fraud, tax evasion, official corruption, drug distribution, murder, arson, robbery and money laundering.  His firm also has an active civil litigation practice in New York state and federal court. He is a member of the Bars of the States of New York and Florida, the District of Colombia and several federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Levitt is an honors graduate of the University of Miami School of Law (1977) and earned his LL.M. from New York University (1978).  He has been in private practice for more than thirty years and enjoys an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He practices with his partner, Nicholas Kaizer, senior appellate associate Yvonne Shivers and Emily Golub.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    20 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($450-775/hour)

Payment types:

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  • Nathaniel Burney

    I had Rich Levitt as an opponent, back when I was a prosecutor, and he was a formidable opponent. Since becoming a defense attorney, I've had the pleasure of representing codefendants with him, and I can honestly say he is one of the most skillful and dignified attorneys I've ever worked with. He's a no-B.S., do-it-right-the-first-time sort, and I highly recommend him.


    Nathaniel Burney Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Levitt & Kaizer

40 Fulton Street, 23rd Floor
New York, NY, 10038


DCActive 198005/25/2015
NYCurrently registered 197903/13/2015
FLMember in Good Standing197709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers -- NY MetroSuper Lawyers, since...2013
Annual HonoreeNew York Criminal Bar Association1998
AV (Preeminent) RatingMartindale-Hubbell, since...1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLevitt & Kaizer1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member1990 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
New York Criminal Bar AssociationFormer Board Member1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
New York County Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. v. DixonDeath Penalty Attorney
U.S. v. Morrisonclient acquitted of murder, arson and robbery, court dismissed RICO and RICO conspiracy; client sentenced only for gun possession
U.S. v. Reiflersuccessful appeal of restitution issues
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Publication nameTitleDate
North Law Publishers (1400 pages)Second Circuit Criminal Law Outline2014
Levitt & Kaizer NewsletterNewsletter2014
Levitt & KaizerFederal Inmate Newsletter2014
North Law PublishersJust the Rules2014
NewsletterLevitt & Kaizer Newsletter2014
New York Law JournalWhat are the Odds of Complete Reversal After Conviction?2013
Distributed at October 2011 Sentencing SeminarRecent Second Circuit Sentencing Decisions2011
AtticusBooker Outside the Box2005
AtticusDeath at any Price2005
AtticusSend Judges to Booker-Fanfan Re-Education Camp2005
The MouthpieceAnonymous Juries2004
The MouthpiecePerjury in the Second Circuit2004
The MouthPieceLet the Second Circuit make you a better Lawyer2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of Law (honors)LawJD1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virtual and Digital Currency and Payment SystemsMoney Laundering, AML, and OFAC Considerations for Digital and Virtual Currencies2014
Tax Audits, Investigations and AppealsSubpoenas to Accountants: A Criminal Defense Perspective2014
Supreme Court Wrap-Up 2013-2014 TermSupreme Court Criminal Case Wrap-Up2014
Annual Meeting, NYCBASecond Circuit Criminal Law2014
Legal Aid SocietyWayward Warrants: Challenging Court-Ordered Searches and Seizures2013
Annual MeetingSecond Circuit Criminal Law Update2012
Second Circuit Criminal Law UpdateSecond Circuit/Supreme Court update2011
NYCLAWhite Collar Defense2011
Federal Criminal Trial Practice InstituteFederal Sentencing Guidelines2011
Defending a White Collar CaseNorth Law Publishers' display booth2011
Dean Jerome Prince Evidence CompetitionMoot Court competition judge2011
Annual Meeting -- New York Criminal Bar AssociationSecond Circuit Criminal Law2011