Ropes & Gray Partner Honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Joshua Levy, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice group and co-chair the firm’s diversity committee, has been recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (page 10 of the linked PDF). Mr. Levy received the honor for his role in securing a complete acquittal of a real estate developer indicted on federal wire fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with Wynn Resorts’ purchase of land to develop a $2 billion luxury casino resort near Boston. At the conclusion of a highly-publicized three week trial in U.S. v. DeNunzio, the jury acquitted Mr. Levy’s client of all charges after less than six hours of deliberations. Mr. Levy led a team that included government enforcement partner Aaron Katz.
Securing the acquittal in this case “was incredibly fulfilling, personally and professionally,” Mr. Levy told Lawyers Weekly. “To be able to get a jury to see through all the smoke and focus on the facts and deliver an acquittal — frankly, it kept this man out of jail and it was one of the best days of my career.
At Ropes & Gray, Mr. Levy represents global companies, especially life sciences and healthcare companies, in cross-border investigations and in domestic investigations into alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and federal anti-kickback statute.
Mr. Levy previously spent seven years as a federal prosecutor in the Economic Crimes Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. As a prosecutor, he was profiled in an American Lawyer story about leading federal prosecutors for his work at the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service in 2000.