Lee Levine, a partner in the Washington D.C. firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P., has represented media clients in libel, invasion of privacy, copyright and related First Amendment cases for more than 25 years. In the United States Supreme Court, he argued Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton on behalf of the newspaper defendant and Bartnicki v. Vopper on behalf of the media defendants. Mr. Levine has litigated in the courts of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia and has appeared in most federal courts of appeal and in the highest courts of ten states. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) and by Chambers USA (Chambers & Partners) as a leading media law practitioner.
Mr. Levine is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught media law since 1989. He is the author, along with Professors C. Thomas Dienes and Robert Lind, of the 1000-page treatise Newsgathering and the Law (Lexis Law Publishing 3d ed. 2005) and has written several articles, including Implied Libel, Defamatory Meaning, and State of Mind: The Promise of New York Times v. Sullivan, 78 Iowa L. Rev. 237 (1993) (with C. T. Dienes); Branzburg Revisited: Confidential Sources and First Amendment Values, 57 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 13 (1988) (with M. Langley); Judge and Jury in the Law of Defamation, 35 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (1985); Broken Promises, Colum. Journalism Rev., July/Aug. 1988 (with M. Langley); and The Editorial Function and the Gertz Public Figure Standard, 87 Yale L. J. 1723 (1978). In 2001, Mr. Levine delivered the 18th Annual Silha Lecture, entitled Newsgathering on Trial: The Supreme Court and the Press in the 21st Century, at the University of Minnesota's Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.
Mr. Levine has served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law, as President of the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center, as Chair of both the Media Law Committee and the Publications Committee of the District of Columbia Bar, as a Master of the Bench of the Charles Fahy American Inn of Court, and as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Defamation Act Drafting Committee of the Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter.
Mr. Levine is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A./M.A. 1976, summa cum laude) and The Yale Law School (J.D. 1979), where he was Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to founding Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P. in 1997, Mr. Levine was a partner in the Washington D.C.-based firm Ross, Dixon & Masback, L.L.P. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits, and in the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and for the Districts of Colorado and Maryland.