J.D., Yale Law School, 1975 (Editor, Yale Law Journal)
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972
Member and Vice Chair , National Bankruptcy Conference
Member, Board of Regents (2003-2006 ) and Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2001-2004)
Member, Board of Editors and Author, Collier on Bankruptcy, (15th rev. ed.)
Member, Editorial Board, The Practical Lawyer
Author of the Sixth Edition of G. Triester, et al., Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (6th ed. 2006)
Author, “The Use of a Business Trust as a Special Purpose Vehicle: Some Bankruptcy Implications,” 6 Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor (2004); “Almost All You Ever Wanted to Know About Carve Out,” 76 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 445 (2002); “Towards a Model of Bankruptcy Administration,” 44 South Carolina Law Review 963 (1993); “Bankruptcy Appeals,” 58 North Carolina Law Review 967 (1980); “An Introduction to the Trustee’s Avoiding Powers,” 53 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 173 (1979)
Richard Levin is a partner in the Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Bankruptcy and Reorganization Department. His practice focuses on corporate restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy issues. He represents financially troubled corporate debtors, acquirers of troubled companies and special creditors in both out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 reorganizations. Mr. Levin has significant experience guiding debtor and non-debtor clients through insolvency restructuring or reorganization, structuring and negotiating complex deals involving insolvent companies and, where necessary, directing litigation in support of the negotiations.
Mr. Levin, who served as counsel to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee from 1975 to 1978, was one of the principal authors of the Bankruptcy Code and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978.
Before joining Cravath, Mr. Levin was a partner for 10 years in the Corporate Restructuring Department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and was a member of the Los Angeles insolvency and corporate reorganization firm of Stutman, Treister & Glatt for 16 years. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Levin served as general counsel, chief financial officer and later as chief administrative officer of Whittaker Corporation, a NYSE-listed technology company with aerospace, defense and network communications operations.
Other professional experience includes serving as a Consultant to the World Bank and to the Central Bank of Brazil regarding new Brazilian bankruptcy legislation (2001 – 2004), serving as a member of the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center (2001-2007), and teaching as a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School (2004, 2006).
Mr. Levin was named one of the world’s leading practitioners in corporate restructuring in the International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (3d ed.) and has appeared in the 2002 through 2007 editions of the K&A Restructuring Register, a peer group listing of the top 74 corporate restructuring attorneys in the country. He also is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law in continuing legal education programs.