Neal H. Levin is a Partner in the Litigation and the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Levin was Senior Counsel at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
Often compared to Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction, Mr. Levin is most notably summoned when the case “stinks.” Known fondly as “The Fraud Guy,” he contends with a litany of fraudsters and fraudulent transactions, including those stemming from bankruptcy fraud, occupational fraud, corporate governance fraud, government corruption, insurance fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, asset concealment, so-called asset protection plans, offshore financial centers, bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, art fraud and related thefts, and, of course, Ponzi schemes. His practice is international in scope and he has appeared in dozens of different tribunals over the course of his 30+ years in the business.
Mr. Levin and his team leverage their success through use of progressive intel harvesting as well as an intensive study of the psychology of fraudsters and victims. Drawing on both his many years of experience as well as his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Denver, he frequently lectures, writes, and is interviewed on the psychopathy and sociopathy of a fraudster and victims as well as on Ponzi schemes, bankruptcy fraud, investigations, and recovery practices.
Mr. Levin also serves as a Federal and State Equity Receiver in matters involving domestic and international fraud and financial crimes.
Mr. Levin is involved in a wide array of causes relative to youth, education, and sports. He has been extensively and intimately involved with Evanston and Chicago area youth and sports organizations. He has been sought for counsel on a variety of matters relative to everything from at-risk youth to comprehensive soccer development and acts as a Mentor for men aged 18-25. He is a father of 3 girls and is an avid athlete, playing competitive soccer and hockey, mountain biking, skiing, and practices ancient arts. He was a former professional hockey referee and is currently on staff as the girls and boys Assistant Varsity coach at ETHS High School in Evanston.
Mr. Levin received his B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from University of Denver and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
While at Freeborn (now SGR), Mr. Levin served as the Leader of the Fraud/Internal Investigations Team.
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Full Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
International Bar Association