Joel R. Levin
Joel R. Levin has served as the Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois since March 13, 2017. Mr. Levin has over thirty years’ experience as a federal prosecutor, including service in three districts - Eastern District of Wisconsin (1980-1984); Northern District of California (1984-1997) and Northern District of Illinois (1997-2008; and 2014-present). During his career as a federal prosecutor, he has held various leadership positions in U.S. Attorney’s Offices, including serving as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the Northern District of California (1995-1997); Deputy Chief of the Major Case Unit (2004-2006); Chief of the Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section (2006-2008) and First Assistant (2014-2017) in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Levin worked in private law practice from 2008 to 2014, before returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.
During the course of his career as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Levin has investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal offenses, including public corruption, narcotics, firearms, racketeering, health care fraud and complex financial fraud. Mr. Levin was part of the Safe Road team that successfully investigated and tried former Illinois Governor George Ryan and his Chief of Staff, Scott Fawell, on corruption charges. Mr. Levin was also a member of the trial team that successfully prosecuted Gustavo “Gino” Colon”, longtime leader of the Latin Kings street gang. Mr. Levin has handled in excess of forty jury trials as a federal prosecutor.
Mr. Levin is a four-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also is a recipient of the Chicago Crime Commission’s Stars of Distinction Award, the Federal Bar Association’s Frank McGarr Award, the Cook County Crime Prevention Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, the U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Award and the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector Award for Excellence. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School. Mr. Levin is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.