Sarah Levine has broad experience in securities enforcement, investigation, complex litigation, and regulatory issues. She served as senior advisor and counsel to three consecutive chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), providing guidance on enforcement matters including actions relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), financial fraud, corporate governance, and corporate compliance and disclosure.
Sarah also served as assistant chief litigation counsel in the trial unit within SEC's Division of Enforcement. She prosecuted a wide range of financial fraud matters including cases involving insider trading rings, misleading public disclosures, and market manipulation. While serving with the SEC, Sarah was twice awarded the Director's Award for outstanding contribution to the enforcement of the federal securities laws.
After the SEC, Sarah was special assistant to the president and associate White House counsel. In this role, she advised senior White House staff, including heads of the National Economic Council and Council of Economic Advisers, on financial and economic legal policy.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Sarah served in a leadership role at the Department of Justice (DOJ) as deputy assistant attorney general for the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division. While at DOJ she led more than 100 trial attorneys representing the United States in national priority litigation, directed litigation defending challenges to the constitutionality of federal statutes and regulation, and reviewed and recommended multimillion dollar settlements with federal agencies. She provided direct counsel on litigation, settlement, and policy to cabinet secretaries, White House counsel, the attorney general, and senior DOJ leadership.
Global financial institution defends claims in VRDO matters
Jones Day is defending a global financial institution in several matters related to its activities as remarketing agent for variable rate demand obligations (“VRDOs”) issued by agencies or units of state and local government.
The Perils of Well-Intentioned Deception: Insider Trading Case Highlights Challenges Facing Public Companies
U.S. Supreme Court: Plaintiffs May Not Piggyback Successive Class Actions Beyond Statute of Limitations
- March 2018Supreme Court Rules on State Court Jurisdiction over Securities Act Lawsuits
- February 2018Supreme Court Rules on Whistleblower Reporting to SEC
- December 2017New Tax Bill Will Rewrite Rules for Deducting Disgorgement Payments to SEC
- Yale University (J.D. 2000); Oxford University (M.Sc. in Economic and Social History 1995; Rhodes Scholar); Harvard University (A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude 1994)
- Admitted in Massachusetts; not admitted in District of Columbia; supervised by a licensed D.C. Bar Member
- Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2015-2017); Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel (2013-2015); and Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, Senior Advisor and Counsel to Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2006-2013)
- Law Clerk to: Justice David H. Souter, Supreme Court of the United States (2002-2003) and Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2000-2001)