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Richard Ware Levitt

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   15 reviews

Licensed for 45 years

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%
    Extensive trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%
    general civil litigation; antitrust; personal injury; civil rights actions

    28 years, 100 cases

"AN OUTSTANDING DEFENSE LAWYER WITH A SCHOLARLY BENT." - FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

 

 Richard W. Levitt is an acclaimed criminal defense lawyer with a national reputation for excellence, whose practice has spanned more than three decades. Focusing on trial and appellate advocacy and post-conviction relief, he is also the author of numerous articles on criminal law-related topics, and lectures frequently for several organizations. Mr. Levitt’s wide-ranging practice includes the defense of individuals charged with political corruption, RICO, money laundering, capital crimes, drug distribution, fraud, tax evasion and other offenses. He is a past board member of the New York Criminal Bar Association and a past honoree of that organization, as well as a Life Member of the NACDL. He is a partner in the New York City law firm of Levitt & Kaizer. Together, Mr. Levitt and Mr. Kaizer are the proprietors of the nationally popular judge-rating site, The Robing Room (). He is also the author of the 1500-page Second Circuit Criminal Law Sourcebook (North Law Publishers 2016). Mr. Levitt received his J.D. from the University of Miami and his LL.M. from New York University.

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Licensed for 45 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1980
Updated 06/08/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/17/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/06/2022

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Richard received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
Richard represented me in a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former employer. In what was a very traumatic and emotional situation, Richard was compassionate, diligent, and fought for me every step of the way. From numerous depositions to a lengthy hearing, he was simply phenomenal and I could rest assure that I was always in the most capable hands. Richard's commitment to my case was unwavering and in the end he was able to provide me with the justice he knew I deserved. I simply can't express the gratitude I have for Richard and his amazing team, I could not have asked for better representation.
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Posted by DS | May 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Richard represented me in a sexual harassment and sexual abuse case. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable about the law and has a vast amount of experience which definitely attributed to my innocence. My case unfortunately lasted a year, and in the end, went to trial. During trial, Richard was very comforting and clear on what was happening every step of the way. I felt relaxed as I knew he was working and doing his utmost to prove my innocence. His knowledge of the law was truly displayed during trial and after about 5 days on trial, he was able to get me the verdict of not guilty. I can't thank Richard enough for all he and his team did to work on my case throughout the whole year. I am forever grateful and will definitely recommend him to anyone in need.
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Posted by Isaac | December 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Richard Levitt was hired to defend my drug case vs the United States government. Being from Canada and needed legal representation from an America lawyer my family sought out Richard and the firm. My case went on for 3 years , which most of it was during the early stages of the pandemic. With a lot of uncertainties going on in the world. Richard made sure to keep close contact with me as we prepared for the case. Richard is well spoken , detail oriented and most importantly optimistic without over promising. I’m beyond grateful for the outcome because I was giving 0 imprisonment time with probation. I wasn’t expecting this result but Richard was prepared and from the moment he visited in at MDC and told me what he could do ,he definitely delivered. Thank you Richard and everyone at Kaizer and Levitt for their hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Trustworthy Attorney and Firm
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for Richard Levitt and Nicholas Kaizer. They fought hard and diligently for my father's difficult case. I was so impressed with their committment in providing the best legal services to their clients. They were extremely knowledgeable and always quick to respond/address any questions and concerns. Their wisdom, compassion, and honestly renewed our hope in our father's case. We could not have asked for a better legal team to represent my father and highly recommend them.
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Posted by Marci | April 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal advice
He was very quick to respond and very thorough on his answer. I appreciate an attorney that kindly responds with detailed knowledge of what I needed to know. Very pleased for first time on website.
Posted by Mark | September 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Attorney
I was very fortunate to have Richard Levitt as my Attorney. In my early 20s, I was hit with securities fraud charges amounting to tens of millions of dollars. I literally thought my life was over. Luckily, Richard was there to represent me and get me through the process. He went beyond being just an Attorney, he treated me like he would a family member. His friendship and counsel was very reassuring and allowed me to not only get through the ordeal, but come out a stronger and better person. Richard is indeed one of the most honorable and noble people I have ever met. All I can say is that with Richard as your lawyer, you're in good hands and he will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for his clients. He will do so truthfully and with compassion. My family and I cannot thank Richard enough.
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Posted by Jeffrey Kershaw (formerly Kirschel) | March 9, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Full of promise
He advised coherently on the rather complex law relating to burden of proof and extradition. I still hoe he may represent me in some way.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Provided referrals that I needed because atty does not practice in my state.
Mr. Levitt was very helpful to me even though he does not practice in my state. I asked for referrals and he provided. I really needed these referrals to move me in the right direction. I explained my situation is dire and he was empathetic and very helpful. Thank you sir.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
My family and I truly appreciate everything Richard Levitt and Nicholas Kaizer have done for me. I was charged with serious federal fraud charges and things would have been much different if I didn’t find their law firm. There are no words to thank both of them for their hard work, dedication and such caring and compassionate support when I needed it the most and there is no doubt in my mind that they are the best attorneys out there. I could not have gone through this process without them and if I did, the result would be far different. I value and respect their support, honesty, hard work, and all around excellent legal representation. They are both truly outstanding professional attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2016
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A winniing combination of experience and intellect
I had the good fortune to work with Richard's firm as co-counsel in several tax matters, where they provided me with superb guidance and support on criminal tax issues. I also lectured with him on criminal tax matters. It was very clear to me that not only did he have excellent practical experience, but a deep conceptual undertanding of all of the very sophisticated issues confronting counsel engaged in white collar criminal defense. I recommend him most highly.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Outstanding criminal defense trial lawyer
Richard Levitt was recommended to me several years post-conviction when the government sought to enforce an order of restitution. I retained the firm and they obtained a phenomenal result with my only having to pay a modest monthly restitution. I’ve since retained them again and unreservedly endorse them as expert criminal defense attorneys who are smart, caring, affordable and can handle all the complexities and numerous collateral consequences of a federal criminal prosecution.
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Posted by J.B. | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Attorney
Mr. Levitt has a sharp legal mind and will look after your best interests. He provides wise legal advise and excellent legal representation. Mr. Levitt and his staff go beyond just professional legal services, they care about the well-being of their clients. Mr. Levitt and his staff were always very professional and respectful when working with me. I highly recommend Richard Levitt and his staff to handle your legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
RIchard was a consummate professional throughout our experience with him. He provided excellent advice and counsel throughout the trial as well as the appeal. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Arlene | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
We found Attorney Levitt and his team to be exceptionally talented and professional. I couldn't imagine a more competent and creative team. Working through a very complex and difficult set of legal circumstances, not only did he and his team achieve the results we needed, but they did so in such a compassionate and empathic manner.
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Posted by Melissa | May 12, 2014
Amazing Attorney
Attorney Levitt is not only a great legal mind, he is also one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Attorney Levitt and his staff have continually gone above and beyond to be of service to my family during an extremely trying time. His commitment to his clients goes unmatched. I highly recommend Attorney Levitt and his staff!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-850 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Levitt & Kaizer
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • NYU
  • LL.M.
  • 1978
  • University of Miami School of Law (honors)
  • JD
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Spencer v. Capra
  • Petition granted.
  • United States v. [xx]
  • Three-week trial. Hung jury declared on third day of deliberations.
  • People v. Arzberger
  • Attempted murder, strangulation, burglary dismissed. Plea to misdemeanor with no factual allocution, an unconditional discharge and a certificate of relief from civil disabilities.
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Associations

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Former Board Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyers -- NY Metro
  • Super Lawyers, since...
  • 2013
  • Annual Honoree
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • 1998
  • AV (Preeminent) Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell, since...
  • 1998

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Virtual and Digital Currency and Payment Systems
  • Money Laundering, AML, and OFAC Considerations for Digital and Virtual Currencies
  • 2014
  • Tax Audits, Investigations and Appeals
  • Subpoenas to Accountants: A Criminal Defense Perspective
  • 2014
  • Supreme Court Wrap-Up 2013-2014 Term
  • Supreme Court Criminal Case Wrap-Up
  • 2014
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Wayward Warrants: Challenging Court-Ordered Searches and Seizures
  • 2013
  • Annual Meeting
  • Second Circuit Criminal Law Update
  • 2012
  • NYCLA
  • White Collar Defense
  • 2011
  • Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Competition
  • Moot Court competition judge
  • 2011
  • Annual Meeting -- New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Second Circuit Criminal Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Levitt is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
White collar crime Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense