Andrew J Levander is Chair of the firm's Policy Committee and a partner in the white collar and securities litigation group. A former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Mr Levander is consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law. Mr Levander is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States. In 2018, Mr Levander was named as a Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer for being a lawyer who has "reshaped the law, the industries in which their clients operate and the way their colleagues in the bar approach cases."
Mr Levander represents parties in securities fraud and commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations. In the maelstrom of investigations and litigation arising out of the world financial crisis, he has been retained to represent such high-profile clients as Robert Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, Lehman Brothers' outside directors and John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch. Mr Levander has been integrally involved in the management of headline crises for such diverse clients as Takata Corporation (airbag recalls), Twenty-First Century Fox (multiple sexual harassment claims), Jon S. Corzine (MF Global collapse); Hewlett-Packard's special counsel committee (Hurd termination investigation); SAIC's board (CityTime contract scandal); and Monster Worldwide (options backdating investigation and litigation). In addition, he has taken a leading role in Dechert's representation of a number of intermediary funds and investment managers in the Bernard Madoff scandal, including his representation of Ezra Merkin. Mr Levander has regularly defended many public corporations and sophisticated private companies or their officers, directors and affiliates, including Arconic, CHC Group Ltd., Citibank, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, HNA Capital International, Hertz, MacAndrews & Forbes, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, M + W Group AG, NCR Corporation, NFP Corp., Omega Healthcare, PPG Industries, Valeant Inc., Walmart and The Witkoff Group.
Chambers has noted that Mr Levander is a "superstar," with commentators praising him as being "one of the great lawyers of our generation," who does "remarkable work in front of the court," and is a "brilliant, indefatigable and tenacious trial lawyer with impeccable judgment and unmatched negotiating skills." He is recognized by Chambers USA in New York and nationally for securities litigation, most recently referred to as "the best lawyer in the city" who is "two steps ahead of everybody."
In addition, Mr Levander is recognized in both the securities shareholder litigation and white collar criminal defense sections of The Legal 500, which notes that he is repeatedly singled out as "ridiculously good" who has "visibility and big-ticket clients." The Legal 500 also recommends Mr Levander for his commercial litigation practice and describes him as "one of the best lawyers in the country" and "a real leader in his field" who has "a well-deserved national reputation." In 2012-2018, Mr Levander was recognized by Law360 six times as White Collar MVP for his headline-making representations.