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Hugh Anthony Levine

Criminal defense Attorney at Redwood City, CA

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 52 years
    California - CA 47 years
  • Licensed for 52 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1971
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Hugh

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I have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of federal and state criminal law. Having served as an assistant district attorney in both New York County and San Francisco for a total of 12 years, handling homicide cases and complex white-collar crime, I bring to bear on the client's criminal problem the insight and dual perspective of a defender/former prosecutor. I pride myself on obtaining excellent results for my clients for reasonable fees.


- Former Assistant D.A. in Manhattan and San Francisco


- Court-TV criminal law expert commentator


- Past President, Criminal Trial Lawyers Assn. of Northern California


- Awarded highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell national lawyers registry


- Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers


- Author of Misguided (fiction, published 2012)


- Author of Everyday Murders (true-crime, non-fiction, published 2009)


- Author of Flake - The Trial of a Cop (true-crime, non-fiction, published 2006)


- Aggressive and sophisticated full-service criminal defense


- All matters will be handled with professionalism, discretion, and expertise


Hugh Anthony Levine
The Fitzpatrick Building
2000 Broadway, Suite 101
Redwood City, CA, 94063
Hugh Anthony Levine
216 Selby Lane
Atherton, CA, 94027
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2015
When you need a defense attorney, you need a great one. Hugh is a great defense attorney.
Hugh represented me in a difficult case with challenging facts. He was always very straight-forward and professional in assessing my case. He achieved a great outcome for me. I would not only recommend him to a friend-in-need, I would insist that they use him.
Posted by Joe | January 22, 2015
An utter professional
Hugh is an absolute professional with many years in practice. I cannot say enough about him. He is: fair, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and quite responsive. If you need a solid criminal attorney, don't waste you time shopping around; just go with Hugh.
Posted by Mustafa shujayee | December 4, 2014
Six star attorney in the country
Don't really know how to start this review, when I found Mr. Levine on online I set up an appointment to go meet him before I open up to him about my case he was so knowledgeable, caring and straight forward.I have dealt with many attorneys in the past in different cases,my experience over the years with Mr. Levine being unbelievable.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2012
Experienced, Tenacious & Diligent Attorney
Hugh Levine is everything you would think an attorney with 41 years of experience would be. He lives up to every bit of his extensive & decorated resume'. Hugh is a born leader and will take charge in a group setting. Always looking out for my best interests was his number one intention. He listened to concern I had and made should they were addressed. If you want to feel 100% confident with your legal representation hire Hugh Levine. He is the guy you want taking the last second shot in the championship game.
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Posted by William | March 25, 2010
As an aggressive litigator myself with more than thirty-three years experience in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States -- and as a colleague and his client -- I know Hugh Anthony Levine to be an exceptionally gifted advocate who combines thoroughly experienced perspectives from both prosecutorial and defense ends of the analytical spectrum with meticulous and spainstaking attention to the details which prove decisive in close cases. Hugh Anthony Levine is a lawyer's lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2009
Hugh Levine
I consulted with few other lawyers before engaing Mr. Levine. I felt very comfortable with his level of knowledge both technical and judicial and was able to achieve what I was looking for in the outcome which what truly counts. Hugh Levine is very professional and knowledgable and I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2009
An Ethical, Skillful Attorney
My experience with Mr. Levine was that he never overstated what he could do for me, and he kept his word throughout. He is a clear thinker and an excellent writer. He held both me and the prosecution to such a high standard that the court was finally able to get to the truth in spite of what seemed an overwhelming cacophony of accusations in the beginning. Because he worked as a prosecutor in NYC and SF before turning to defense, Mr. Levine really understands how our legal system works and maintains respect for (and from) all sides throughout the proceedings. I honestly might not be here if it weren't for Mr. Levine's life experience and dedication to do the right thing. Getting caught up in the legal system gave me a whole new appreciation for the need to have someone represent everyone, no matter how clearcut or dismal the case may appear externally at any given point. I would recommend Mr. Levine for anyone who really needs someone to stand up for the truth. He did it for me, and my whole family is continually grateful.
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Posted by Eric | January 12, 2022
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Conman Lawyer
Hugh told me he would help me fight all charges. I paid him and then when he showed up for court, he said he worked out a plea deal. He said I would take one felony, and two would be dropped. He said, "you sound like a kid that got his homework eaten by the dog." I fired Hugh, and got all 3 felony charges dropped with a public defender.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Hugh Anthony Levine
  • 1983 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Iannuzzi & Iannuzzi
  • 1983 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hallinan, Poplack & Levine
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • San Francisco District Attorney's Office
  • 1977 - 1983
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • 1971 - 1976
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  • Columbia University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Al-Murisi
  • Indictment dismissed
  • People v. Garcia (Merced County Superior Court
  • Child molest sentence significantly reduced
  • People v. Williams
  • Drug charges dismissed at preliminary hearing


  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • President
  • 1998 - 2000
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice-Chairman, White-Collar Crime Committee
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990


  • Polling America
  • Litigation Surveys (with Dr. E. Deborah Jay)
  • 2005
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) publication
  • Fighting Prosecution Hypocrisy with the Revitalized Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel
  • 2005
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Horse Is Alive: Attacking the Affects-Interstate-Commerce Element in Federal Prosecutions
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Aggressive with a sophisticated approach are Hugh's weapons used to defend his clients. His knowledge of the law and ability to quickly master the evidence puts him miles ahead of most prosecutors. His dedication to his clients has no limit. Hugh Levine brings with him a reputation of success that few defense attorneys can ever achieve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is my great pleasure to be able to endorse Hugh Anthony Levine as a top-notch San Francisco criminal defense attorney. Mr. Levine and I have worked together on a number of criminal defense cases over the years, including in both the federal and California state courts. Mr. Levine, through his tireless efforts and many years of experience as a former deputy district attorney, brings winning strategies and new levels of expertise and insight to his clients' defenses that have resulted in his much deserved reputation as one of San Francisco’s top rated criminal defense attorneys. Hugh Anthony Levine’s dedication to defending his clients demonstrates itself time and time again when he takes those extra steps that are necessary in order to obtain not just good but great results for his clients. If you looking for the best criminal defense attorney you can find, then Hugh Levine is that attorney you will want to defend you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unquestionably competent, consistently conscientious, endlessly hardworking, always helpful, and highly dedicated, it is well-known this exceptional lawyer is an excellent trial attorney who is a tremendous asset to the Criminal Defense Bar community. Any person in need who hires this superb attorney will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of positive reasons, I am honored to endorse Mr. Levine."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hugh Levine is a highly qualified criminal defense lawyer effective in representing the accused in both state and federal courts. Hugh is well respected among both lawyers and judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hugh Levine is an exceptionally gifted criminal defense lawyer. He has it all -- the vast experience, and the courtroom and legal skills to defend the most complicated criminal cases. If you are looking for the one of the best in the business, give Hugh Levine a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are under investigation or accused of a crime in Federal or State Court, Hugh Anthony Levine is the only call you should make if you want a first class defense. I have personally seen Mr. Levine uncover and dismantle false accusations and hold the prosecution to the very highest scrutiny."
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Redwood City Criminal defense Lawyer Hugh Anthony Levine
Hugh Anthony Levine
Criminal defense Attorney
Redwood City, CA
Licensed for 52 years
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