Alan Levine – John J. McCloy Memorial Award

ALAN LEVINE is a senior partner in the commercial litigation and white collar & regulatory practice groups of Cooley LLP’s litigation department. Since a federal clerkship at the beginning of his career and five years as an AUSA in the SDNY, Alan has represented individuals and companies in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters as lead trial counsel and successfully tried numerous civil and criminal cases in both federal and state courts throughout the country. In 1991, he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as Chair of Downstate Committee from 2000-2002.

Alan has had an abiding interest in, and dedication to, the administration of justice —improving it and educating people about it. Early in his career he organized the first high school mock trial tournament in NYC which led to his role as Chair of ABA Special Committee on Youth Education and Citizenship. Then in 2002 he joined the Board of the Legal Aid Society and from 2007 through 2010, he served as Chairman of the Board. During his term the LAS enjoyed a close working relationship with the Office of Court Administration implementing, among many improvements, case caps in criminal justice and juvenile justice that increased the number of staff attorneys serving the indigent client base. From that work, the Honorable Jonathan Lippman called on Alan to Co-Chair an Advisory Committee with then Judge Victoria Graffeo to create a pro Bono requirement for newly admitted lawyers — the first of its kind in the country — as well as to serve on the First Department Disciplinary Policy Committee and the Commercial Division Advisory Council. He also serves as a Trustee of the Historical Society of New York Courts.

At the same time during all these years Alan has played an active role in the Jewish community, as Chairman of Park Avenue Synagogue in the 90s and is now serving as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Alan served for six years on the management and compensation committees of Cooley LLP and for the prior eight years as Managing Partner of Kronish Lieb Weiner &Hellman LLP. Alan graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned his BS from University of Pennsylvania.

Alan has received numerous awards including the Servant of Justice Award from The Legal Aid Society, The Torch of Learning Award from American Friends of the Hebrew University and The Human Relations Award from the Anti- Defamation League. In 2006, the Police Athletic League honored him with The Robert M, Morgenthau Award for being “a tireless advocate for the community” and in 2014, the New York Law Journal honored him as “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” for his demonstration of leadership through his devotion to improving the legal system and the profession in New York.

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