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Joel Levin is a member of the firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense group.  His practice focuses on complex fraud and white collar matters, including false claims, health care fraud, tax and antitrust.  Joel has extensive courtroom experience, having tried more than 40 federal jury trials during the course of his career. As a federal prosecutor, Joel was part of the trial team that successfully prosecuted former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Joel had a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor in Chicago, San Francisco and Milwaukee, specializing in the investigation and prosecution of complex fraud and financial crimes.  He served as Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco from 1995 - 1997 and immediately prior to joining Perkins Coie, he was Chief of the Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.  As a prosecutor, Joel investigated and tried a wide variety of cases including multi-million dollar investment frauds, securities violations, racketeering enterprises, political corruption, bankruptcy fraud, health care fraud and tax violations.  During his tenure with the Justice Department, Joel was a four-time recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Joel is able to draw upon his broad experience as a prosecutor to counsel clients in matters involving highly complex financial or regulatory issues.  Since joining Perkins Coie, Joel has represented individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of federal criminal investigations, including government contracts, health care fraud, environmental violations, FDA investigations, false claims, securities violations and antitrust matters.


Practice areas


  1. Antitrust: 25%
  2. Consumer Protection: 25%
  3. Health Care: 25%
  4. Investment Fraud: 25%

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Perkins Coie

131 South Dearborn Street Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60603-5559


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197905/17/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Frank McGarr AwardFederal Bar Association2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Antitrust SubcommitteeCo-chair2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Chicago chapter)Board of Directors2006 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
BNA Health Law ReportRecovery Audit Contractors as Whistleblowers: How Medicare and Medicaid Auditors Can Receive a ‘‘Double Kickback’’ From the Government as Qui Tam Plaintiffs2011
ABA Business Litigation Committee NewsletterThe Impact of the Health Care Reform Bill on Anti-Fraud Enforcement2010
ABA Business Litigation Committee NewsletterNavigating Federal Rule of Evidence 5022009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA White Collar Midwest RegionHealth Care Fraud Enforcement Trends and Compliance Strategies2011
ABA Midyear MeetingAntitrust and Title 18: How The Antitrust Division Goes Beyond The Sherman Act To Enforce Its Mission2011
Second Annual Sentencing, Advocacy, Practice & Reform InstituteSentencing Advocacy for the 21st Century2010