Daniel B. Levin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on complex litigation and appeals. In 2015, 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 has represented clients in consumer class actions, environmental litigation, antitrust matters, commercial disputes and criminal investigations. 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.
- Occidental Chemical Corporation in litigation arising out of the Bayou Corne sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
- Plains All American Pipeline in multiple lawsuits stemming from the release of crude oil from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County in May 2015.
- Transocean, a drilling company, in litigation arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 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.
- 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. As lead appellate counsel, 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 privacy class action and the dismissal of a second purported class action alleging that Facebook violated state privacy laws.
- Intel in a consumer class action involving claims of unfair business practices with respect to performance of Pentium 4 processors.
From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Levin was an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. Mr. Levin tried cases involving tax fraud, treasury check fraud and firearm importation and served as the Deputy Chief of Criminal Appeals.
Mr. Levin has taught advanced appellate advocacy at USC Gould School of Law. He is 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 also serves on the board 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.