Daniel B. Levin, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, will join Munger, Tolles & Olson’s litigation practice as of counsel effective on January 3, 2012. Mr. Levin’s return to Munger Tolles comes on the heels of the announcement that the Chief of the Criminal Division in San Diego, John B. Owens, would join the firm in January.

In his role at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Levin has argued 20 cases before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including before the en banc court. Since joining the Justice Department in 2007, he has also tried cases involving tax fraud, treasury check fraud, and firearm importation cases. Mr. Levin returns to Munger Tolles’ Los Angeles office, where he was an associate from 2005-2007.  

“We are delighted to welcome Dan back to the firm,” Fred A. Rowley, Jr., a leader in the appellate practice, said. “Dan was a first-round draft pick when we hired him before, and now he’s an experienced lawyer at the top of his game. He will be a great asset to our litigation and appellate practice.”

Munger Tolles has a widely respected appellate practice. Our attorneys frequently appear before state and federal appeals panels in matters involving virtually every area of the law. In the last year alone, our lawyers have obtained a landmark win before the Federal Circuit in a case that redefined the inequitable conduct doctrine for patent claims; successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit that cable company “tiering” practices do not violate antitrust laws; and represented the Norton Simon Museum before the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court over complex constitutional issues. 

“I’m thrilled to be returning to a firm where I know, like and respect the attorneys,” Mr. Levin said. “I am looking forward to joining a practice that is highly respected and handling some of the most interesting matters of the day.” 

Previously, Mr. Levin clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Levin is a graduate of Yale Law School where he was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.