Jeff Levy has over twenty years of experience as an attorney in private practice and as in-house counsel. 

 

Experienced Business Attorney

Jeff began his career as an associate in the litigation department of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, and worked as a litigator for sixteen years at firms in Minneapolis and Boston. He has represented clients in numerous mediations, private arbitrations, bench trials and jury trials. He has also served as an arbitrator in securities cases and is a trained mediator. Jeff’s substantive areas of litigation experience include employment law, complex contract disputes, intellectual property, trade secrets, administrative law, and securities disputes. During his years in private practice, he also negotiated and drafted contracts including business purchase and sale agreements, employment and severance agreements, and commercial leases.

Corporate and Municipal Law Background

From 2008 through 2013, Jeff was a corporate attorney at Veolia Water Americas, a division of the world’s largest private operator of water and wastewater treatment plants. Jeff advised the company in connection with its existing contracts for the design, construction and operation of municipally-owned treatment plants, and was lead counsel on numerous municipal procurement efforts throughout the Northeast U.S. He also represented Veolia Energy, which owns and operates municipal steam networks in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other North American cities. His other responsibilities included employment counseling, internal investigations, management of outside litigation counsel, and overseeing M&A activity. Jeff was promoted to Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Veolia Water Americas in 2011, and assumed responsibility for all of the company’s legal affairs in North and South America.

Strategic Legal Advice, Excellent Business Judgment

Since leaving Veolia, Jeff has returned to private practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drawing on his years of law firm and corporate experience, he provides strategic legal and business advice and represents clients in transactions, employment matters and dispute resolution. Jeff often acts as an outside general counsel to clients without an in-house legal department, handling most projects himself and consulting with other legal specialists where required. He is especially familiar with the legal and business issues faced by foreign companies as they expand into the North American market. He also counsels municipalities and contractors on issues around government procurement and public-private partnerships. Jeff is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Jeff lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Gayle Goldin, and their two sons. His volunteer activities include president of Fox Point East Side Little League; vice chair of the Economic Progress Institute; board member of Providence Student Union; member of the Education Committee at Save the Bay; member of the Hamilton School Committee at The Wheeler School; and volunteer lawyer for the ACLU of Rhode Island. As a member of the European Company Lawyers Association advisory council, Jeff contributed a chapter to Company Lawyers: Independent By Design, published by Lexis/Nexis Europe in 2014.


EDUCATION & CLERKSHIP

  • Carleton College, B.A.
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

bar admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota (Inactive)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Employment Disputes and Counseling
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Construction Law
  • Compliance and Internal Investigations
  • Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Municipal Law
  • Aviation Law

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