Posted by anonymous
so I don't know where to start to write this review. I guess ill start from the beginning. I am an active duty military. I was facing serious punishment for allegation, I was facing discharge from the military. Initially there was 15-6 investigation started, then immediately after that I was found guilty based on incomplete investigation. If anyone going through a similar process could imagine the stress and the level of anxiety and not knowing what's going to happen to you and your family. Initially I was counseled by my chain of command to seek legal counseling, and they have directed me towards the military TDS attorney. After discussing with my wife and few other friends we determined to retain civilian attorney, which it was the best decision I have made during this process maybe in my entire military career!! I started to search for competant attorney to work with and that search by itself was daunting process. Because I was reading so many reviews and not sure which one to choose to work with, luckly with god help we chose to work with Mr. Levine, and what a great choice!!!! Thanks again BTW sir. So I scheduled appointment and went and showed him what I have, my case, my side of the story, and briefly spoke about my military career (initially). From day one he was honest, open, and sincere. He immediately told me that he thinks its a good case, he thinks that we would have positive outcome, and he will be happy to represent me. Some of you going to say well off course for the money! That was absolutely not the case with him (I mean yes he wants to make a living) he was very compassionate and made me feel great and confident about what we have, and spoke intelligently about the process. I think it's fair to highlight here the cost, (which first I want to say if you want the best service for anything in life you have to pay higher price) So it was costly for me as an active duty military. but worth every single penny. Oh and trust me if he know, or find a way to save you money he'll tell you about it. So he's not the greedy attorney who just want to take your money, no he's great human being. So to continue the process we setup multiple face to face prep sessions and over the phone. Fast forward to the hearing board, I think if I just say WOW, it might give a hint of how impressive he was. Just to reiterate he did very thorough investigation of the situation. So during the hearing he was very prepared, used methodical way to present witnesses and cross examination of their witnesses......I honestly can't say enough about him. Anyone reads this review I want to tell you this, if you are in legal trouble you WANT no actually you NEED Mr. Levine on your side (definitely you don't want him across the table from you).
Mr. Levine thank you so much my family and I are greatful that we had you on our side.
Advise with this review if you in legal trouble DO NOT give up your right to speak to attorney. Do not give statement before you speak to one. I did give statement because I didn't know better. But now I know and you know.
Posted by anonymous
Steven Levin gave me what many lawyers may not have been able to give. I was indirectly involved in a long, drawn out and rather unique case. I needed a compassionate, understanding , and patient lawyer to explain the legalities to me. Steve proved seasoned, and excelled in guiding me through the process. All the while, his delivery was straightforward and professional, yet made me feel at ease.
Posted by Eric
I have been very unfortunate in having the Federal Government pursuing me. I have lost my business, my friends, my wife and my family because of all of this.
The bright spot is that I have had Steve to give me really clear direction and counsel through a painful ordeal.
Steve has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and great tactical knowledge in helping me through all of this. Steve has also treated me with patience, compassion and genuine concern not just as another legal case but as a human being.
Steve is a very talented attorney but he also has been of great character, ethics and genuine humanity through this ongoing saga.
He is what every attorney should model themselves after!
Posted by anonymous
Steve represented me in a very complicated matter involving two highly profile government agencies. He quickly gathered all the facts of the case and did an outstanding job of focusing on those facts and the truth which led to my total vindication and overwhelming win! He's very intelligent and very strategic in his thought process and approach. He was two steps ahead of his counterparts at all times and he was able to accurately predict their questions. Additionally, he was able to settle me down and encourage me during one of the most difficult times in my life. I will always value his experience and guidance! Much Respect!
Posted by Hannah
Steve was a huge help to me during a daunting situation. He was very professional but also had great interpersonal skills. He demonstrated a huge amount of experience in the court system and resolved a scheduling issue with an impressive amount of ease. While we worked together, he made himself available to answer every text, phone call and email. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone looking for an attorney they can trust.
Posted by anonymous
I am a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm (one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States). I have litigated cases myself. I hired Steve for a commercial arbitration perhaps five years ago. I had the choice of arbitrating or litigating in court - he helped me make the correct decision (and provided calm counsel despite my strong desire for scorched-earth litigation against someone clearly lying and providing false testimony). He understood the law and the process - but (perhaps more importantly) he also understood the economic pressures associated with the case and helped balance my anger against the expected recovery. In doing so, he applied a sound strategy to expose opposing counsel's misrepresentations and also eased a disturbing process with knowledge, calm, and grace - and he won my case in the most economic way possible. Before I retained him as my own personal lawyer, I did my research. I knew that was in the U.S. Army reserves (where he holds the rank of Colonel and sits as a Judge). Also, I watched Steve litigate cases as an Assistant U.S. District Attorney on behalf of the Federal Government. Literally, I have sat in court and watched him argue cases - opening arguments, cross examination, closing, etc. I have also watched him argue as defense counsel on behalf half of private clients in federal criminal cases. He has poise and a calming demeanor that plays well with juries. And he is respected and known by the judges. For these reasons, I have recommended him to represent my clients and my good friends (on numerous occasions). I have found him to be unquestioningly ethical and effective. In at least one case, his adept strategy and strong relationships with prosecutors (in this p[articular case state prosecutors) resulted in a full dismissal of charges even before trial. He was able to explain why the charges were overbroad and inappropriate - and his reputation helped to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the case. But besides prosecutors and judges, he is known and respected by the Maryland Bar and other defense counsel. Personally, I have also sought his counsel on other personal issues, in particular for how to handle issues associated with my own family members. (There was a potential criminal issue where an elderly parent was taken advantage of - and I consulted Steve to assess whether or how to encourage prosecutors to bring a case.) Our work relationship has also become a strong friendship. And Steve has a witty and sharp sense of humor. In short, I recommend him without hesitation and believe that he does an outstanding job. This is my first review on Avvo. And while there are many attorneys who you could hire for a white collar or other criminal matter, there are few with the integrity, client focus, and expertise that Steve possesses.
Posted by anonymous
"The difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer is that a good lawyer wins your case; a great lawyer makes the whole thing go away."
Steve is a GREAT lawyer. I say this not just based on his command of the law, but also from his exceptional personal engagement with his client - me - at every step of the way.
To be specific to my case, I had an adverse reaction to prescribed medications that led to a DWI.
Rather than taking the easy and sure way out of minimizing the legal impact through a settlement, Steve did the homework and laid out the strategy based on a "whole person" approach. He advised me to do all of the remediation steps quickly (awareness courses, etc) while simultaneously engaging with the State Attorney to illustrate that the incident was not an indication of bad character or decision making. He kept me actively informed throughout the whole process. The result was That the charges were dismissed. .
The most telling and impressive part of Steve's strategy was that it was based on having a strong, respected relationship with the State's Attorney Office. That only happens when someone is of high character and professionalism - which Steve has in spades.
I could not recommend him more highly.
Posted by Dan
Steve represented me in a dispute with an insurance company regarding the diminution in value of my car (and related matters) after I was rear-ended. He quickly resolved the matter with just a well crafted demand letter and a couple of follow up calls. Steve is very smart, very practical, and very efficient. I will certainly use him again if I end up in any type of contested legal matter.
Posted by Chris
Steve handled a really complicated case that involved an investigative agency he had never worked with before, as well as local prosecutors. Like many investigations, this one dragged on for two years.
Despite the unanticipated extra work the investigation required, he was very generous with his time, and at all times was concerned about my state of mind since I had never before been involved in any type of investigation (haven't had a traffic ticket in 20 years!).
He went well beyond the purview of a typical defense lawyer and mitigated a situation that could have resulted in profound reputational damage. I will always be grateful for his efforts and support and recommend him without reservation. He truly is a super lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
Steve represented me when I was the target of a long, drawn out government investigation. He is a brilliant lawyer and a great person. And you can take what he says to the bank - in fact, he is the most honest person I've ever met, period. He not only provided exceptional legal and strategic advice but also was there for me personally. His confidence and reassuring presence and his uncommon warmth and empathy helped me get through an incredibly stressful and frightening situation. If you need someone in your corner, Steve is the lawyer you want.