SEC
Whistleblower
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Richard A. Levine

Partner

rlevine@labaton.com
C: (202) 876-5075
O: (202) 772-1880

A distinguished veteran of federal law enforcement, Richard Levine spent more than three decades at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beginning in 1984, he served in various roles in the SEC’s Office of General Counsel, most recently as Associate General Counsel for Legal Policy. Among other things, he was responsible for providing legal and policy advice to the Office of the Whistleblower, the Enforcement Division, and the Commission. For over 20 years, he and his team reviewed and advised on virtually every proposed SEC enforcement action throughout the country—thousands of formal reviews and countless informal consultations.

Rich played an instrumental role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program, first as a senior member of the team that drafted the proposed legislation and implementing rules, and later by advising the Office of the Whistleblower since its inception and reviewing staff recommendations and appeals of whistleblower award determinations. He also participated in other major enforcement related projects; he was the primary drafter on the team that prepared the SEC’s Selective Disclosure and Insider Trading rulemaking (Regulation FD and Rules 10b5-1 and 10b5-2), and a key member of the SEC team for the 1998 legislative amendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

An Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University from 1999-2005, Mr. Levine is a regular speaker on a broad range of enforcement issues. Prior to joining the SEC, he practiced commercial litigation at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

He is admitted to practice in New York.

Honors

A decorated public servant, he twice received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence and was also granted the SEC’s Law and Policy Award and the Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he received the Philip A. Loomis Award from The Federal Bar Association.

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