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Joel R. Levin



Joel Levin is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice. His practice focuses on internal investigations and defense of white collar matters, including healthcare fraud, bank fraud, minority and women’s business enterprise (MBE/WBE) compliance, antitrust, insider trading and criminal tax cases. Joel has represented FORTUNE 500 companies, as well as corporate officers, directors and individual clients in a wide variety of significant and sensitive investigations. Joel has extensive experience representing individuals in the banking industry in both civil and criminal proceedings, including FDIC investigations and federal investigations of mortgage and bank fraud. Joel has also successfully represented companies and individuals in licensing and regulatory proceedings before the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Joel has years of courtroom experience, having tried more than 40 federal criminal and civil 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, focusing on the investigation and prosecution of complex fraud and financial crimes in conjunction with the FBI, IRSPostal Inspection Service and other law enforcement agencies.  Joel 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 bank fraud, healthcare fraud, multi-million dollar investment frauds, securities violations, racketeering enterprises, political corruption, bankruptcy 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.  


  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in antitrust price-fixing investigation
  • Represented high level administrator of state university in investigation of university admissions practices
  • Represented State of Indiana in landmark racketeering case, resulting in judgment of $108 million against former East Chicago public officials
  • Represented healthcare providers in federal investigations of wrongful billing practices
  • Obtained probationary sentence for contractor charged with violating minority business enterprise (MBE)/women’s business enterprise (WBE) regulations
  • Successfully represented debt collection company in licensing proceeding before Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Represented individual under indictment on alleged healthcare fraud and anti-kickback violations
  • Represented corporate executive indicted for insider trading
  • Counseled a foreign medical device company regarding compliance with the Physician Payment Sunshine Act
  • Represented individuals under indictment for mortgage fraud
  • Successfully represented employee in antitrust price-fixing investigation in which government agreed to bring no charges against client
  • Represented officer of failed bank in investigation by FDIC  
  • Represented witnesses in high-profile public corruption investigations of conduct by state and local elected officials
  • Successfully represented federal law enforcement employee in criminal investigation of alleged misconduct by federal and local agents in which government brought no charges against client
  • Represented airport contractor in investigation into compliance with minority contracting requirements in which no fines or sanctions were imposed on client  

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


Joel Levin co-authored an article discussing the government’s use of monetary incentives to encourage Medicare providers to make meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR)

Joel Levin co-authored an article discussing the final regulations for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Joel Levin and Charles Mulaney co-authored an Update on the new Physician Payments Sunshine Act requiring drug, medical device and medical supply manufacturers to report payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals.