Daniel B. Levin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He focuses his practice on complex litigation and appeals. Mr. Levin was part of the team recognized with a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for the victory on behalf of Transocean in the litigation arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is ranked among the nation’s leading attorneys by Chambers USA.
Mr. Levin represents clients in consumer class actions, environmental litigation, antitrust matters, commercial disputes and criminal trials. He has argued more than two dozen appeals, and worked on matters at every stage of litigation from pre-litigation counseling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Plains All American Pipeline in multiple civil lawsuits arising from the release of crude oil from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County in May 2015, including two class action lawsuits in the Central District of California.
- Intel Corporation in successfully settling on the eve of trial a consumer class action involving claims of unfair business practices with respect to performance of Pentium 4 processors.
- Philip Morris USA in a consumer class action involving claims of unfair business practices, which resulted in a defense judgment after a three-month trial. Successfully defended the verdict on appeal, winning an affirmance after oral argument in the California Court of Appeal and defeating the plaintiffs’ petition for review to the California Supreme Court.
- Facebook in appeals to the Ninth Circuit that challenged the settlement of a consumer class action and the dismissal of a second purported class action alleging that Facebook violated state privacy laws.
- Occidental Chemical Corporation in federal and state court litigation arising out of the Bayou Corne sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
- Plains All American Pipeline in a four-month criminal trial defending Plains from a 46-count indictment brought by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney and the California Attorney General arising from the Refugio Beach oil release.
- Transocean, a drilling company, in litigation arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After a multi-month trial, the court delivered a defense verdict finding that under the drilling contract, BP bore indemnity obligations for the millions of barrels of oil discharged from the Macondo well. Successfully argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from the dismissals of private environmental claims and state-law claims.
- Kyocera Corporation in state and federal court in Michigan relating to long-term supply agreements for polysilicon used for solar panel manufacturing. Won on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- An investor in an Internet start-up, as lead counsel, in an arbitration regarding control of the company, which settled on the eve of trial.
- The founder of a real estate investment firm in litigation involving alleged fraud by investors in the business.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Levin was an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. He tried cases involving tax fraud, treasury check fraud and firearm importation and served as the deputy chief of criminal appeals.
Mr. Levin taught advanced appellate advocacy at USC Gould School of Law. He is a program chair for the ABA White Collar Crime Committee Southern California Regional Subcommittee, a board member of the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Yale Law School Fund board of directors and a member of the editorial board for the American Bar Association’s State Antitrust Practice and Statutes treatise (5th edition). He serves on the board of trustees of the John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles.
Mr. Levin clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. He received both his undergraduate and masters degrees from Stanford University.