Jonathan K. Levine is a co-founding partner of Pritzker Levine LLP, where he represents investors, multi-national corporations, businesses, whistleblowers and consumers in individual, derivative, multidistrict, and class action litigation. Jonathan has more than 35 years of experience prosecuting complex securities fraud, business, antitrust and consumer class action litigation in state and federal courts.
Jonathan has served in a leadership role in numerous cases brought under federal and state securities, antitrust and consumer statutes. He also has successfully represented whistleblowers before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Jonathan currently serves as co-lead counsel in Hubbard v. Google, where he represents minor children and their parents in a nationwide lawsuit alleging that Google, YouTube and certain other companies that develop and advertise content on YouTube illegally tracked and collected personal information and persistent identifiers for minor children viewing children’s content on YouTube. He is also serving on the leadership team in the In re ZF-TRW Airbag Control Units Products Liability Litigation, a nationwide multidistrict class action concerning defective airbag control units in certain vehicles. Jonathan also has an active role and serves on several committees in the In re AFFF Products Liability Litigation, a nationwide multidistrict action seeking compensation for firefighters for injuries suffered from exposure to PFAS chemicals in groundwater, firefighting foam and firefighter protective gear.
Jonathan has an active business litigation, arbitration, and trial practice. He served as lead trial counsel, with firm partner Elizabeth Pritzker, in ITyX Solutions, AG v. Kodak Alaris Inc., representing several German companies and their executives in an international business dispute involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duty. After a 10-day trial in the District Court of Massachusetts, the jury returned a unanimous $9.2 million verdict in favor of Pritzker Levine’s clients. Jonathan served as lead trial counsel, with firm partner Bethany Caracuzzo, in BeUbiq, Inc. v. CCG, Inc., a breach of contract dispute, in which the firm obtained a favorable jury verdict for their Silicon Valley tech clients. Jonathan was also one of the lead trial lawyers in Corcoran v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., a class action alleging that CVS wrongfully overcharged consumers who were insured and had third-party prescription drug coverage for commonly prescribed generic prescription drugs.
Jonathan currently represents business owners in litigation and arbitration for breach of contract and fraud in connection with the sale of their cannabis businesses, and represents another cannabis company in litigation and arbitration for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the improper sale of a business. He previously represented a local tech entrepreneur in a breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and derivative action arising from his ownership interests in several related limited liability companies and partnerships. That action resulted in the recovery of more than $29 million of misappropriated investor funds. Jonathan also represented a group of more than 130 accredited investors in a securities fraud action brought by the SEC against the managers of several investment funds. In that case, he successfully argued for the adoption of a receivership distribution plan different than the plan proposed by the SEC.
- Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
- Columbia University, B.A.
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the Northern District of Texas, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan
- Chair, Executive Committee of the Business Section of the Alameda County Bar Association
- Appointed Member, Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California Lawyers Association
- Appointed Member, Committee on Federal Courts of the State Bar of California
- American Bar Association Litigation Section Subcommittee on Officers and Directors Liability
- National Association of Public Pension Attorneys’ MorrisonWorking Group
- Northern California “Super Lawyer”
- California Lawyers Association
- Alameda County Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Speaker, “Data Security for Law Firms,” California Lawyers Association Small Firm Summit (June 2019)
- Speaker, “Data Privacy in the US and EU,” California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (September 2018)
- Speaker, “Trial Strategy,” Alameda County Bar Association (October 2016)
- Co-author, “California Online Privacy Laws: The Battle for Personal Data,” Competition – The Journal of the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the State Bar of California (2016)
- Speaker, “Arbitration Agreements,” Alameda County Bar Association (November 2015)
- Co-author, Living in a Post-Morrison World: How to Protect Your Assets Against Securities Fraud, NAPPA (2012)
- Speaker, “Evaluating the Impact of the LIBOR Scandal,” West LegalEdCenter (August 2012)
- Speaker, “Successful Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses,” Bridgeport 2011 Conference on Working With and Deposing Experts (March 2011)
- Author, “E-Mail and Voice Mail Discovery Issues,” Glasser LegalWorks (1998)
- Author, “Discovery Techniques in Commercial Litigation and Recent Developments In the Rules of Discovery,” American Trial Lawyers Association (1991)
- Co-author, “The Business Judgment Rule and Derivative Actions,” Practicing Law Institute (1989)