Christian Levis is a partner at Lowey Dannenberg, P.C., whose practice focuses on complex class actions. He has extensive experience litigating class actions across various practice areas, including antitrust, commodities, consumer protection, and privacy law. Mr. Levis has litigated against some of the largest corporations in the world and has achieved substantial recoveries on behalf of plaintiffs such as the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (“CalSTRS”), the nation’s largest educator-only pension fund, and the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Bond Rigging: Mr. Levis represents the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as court appointed co-lead counsel in In re GSE Bonds Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 19-cv-1704 (JSR) (S.D.N.Y.) (“GSE Bonds”), a class action against sixteen of the world’s largest banks alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of debt securities issued by government sponsored entities. To date, Plaintiffs have reached settlements totaling more than $386 million, resulting in a substantial recovery for bond investors nationwide.
Benchmark Manipulation: Mr. Levis played an integral role in several class actions involving the manipulation of IBOR-denominated financial instruments, in which Lowey served as either sole or co-lead counsel. See, e.g., Laydon v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Case No. 12-cv-03419 (S.D.N.Y); Sullivan v. Barclays PLC, Case No. 13-cv-02811 (S.D.N.Y.); In re: London Silver Fixing Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 14-md-02573 (S.D.N.Y.); Sonterra Capital Master Fund Ltd. v. Credit Suisse Group AG, Case No. 15-cv-871 (S.D.N.Y). Collectively these actions have resulted in over $820 million in settlements.
Consumer Protection: Mr. Levis is leading the prosecution in several consumer class actions involving emerging technology and consumer privacy issues, including In re Apple Processor Litig., Case No. 18-cv-0147 (N.D. Cal.), a proposed class action against Apple for using allegedly defective central processing units in its devices, and two data privacy actions arising out of the unauthorized recording of consumers by Apple and Google virtual assistants. See Lopez v. Apple, Inc., Case No. 19-cv- 04577 (N.D. Cal.); In re Google Assistant Privacy Litig., Case No. 19-cv-04286 (N.D. Cal.). In appointing Lowey Dannenberg as co-lead counsel in In re Apple Processor Litig., Case No. 18-cv-0147 (N.D. Cal.), ECF No. 40, the court praised Lowey for its “detailed investigation and analysis of the design, manufacture, and operation of the Apple CPUs.”
Other Notable Achievements:
Mr. Levis is a recognized expert on e-discovery and the use of technology-assisted review. In 2017, he was invited to present “An Analytics Cookbook for Complex Cases” at a leading industry conference after developing an analytics workflow that saved the class in Laydon v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Case No. 12-cv-03419 (S.D.N.Y) an estimated $2.5 million in time and expenses. Mr. Levis also hosts webinars and written tutorials on e-discovery analytics and techniques to increase efficiency when dealing with large datasets. In addition to his e-discovery expertise, Mr. Levis has developed custom software to assist clients in identifying potential damages by market manipulation.
Prior to joining Lowey Dannenberg, P.C., Mr. Levis clerked for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Superior Court of New Jersey and was involved in several mass tort cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Mr. Levis is a graduate of Fordham Law School, were he was the associate editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. He also served as the interschool competitions director for the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, winning two national trial competitions, in addition to an individual best advocate award. In recognition of these accomplishments, Mr. Levis received the Abraham Abramovsky Award for outstanding achievement in trial advocacy in 2012.
Mr. Levis received his undergraduate degrees in Biology and English from New York University, where his research focused on statistical modeling of Tuberculosis infection rates among members of New York City’s homeless population.
He also teaches as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Fordham University School of Law.
- Christian Levis, Amanda Fiorilla, Some Credit Unions Have Received Settlements; Should You Take Your Situation to Court?, CU Management, (Mar. 10, 2020), https://www.cumanagement.com/articles/2020/03/recovering-card-losses-after-third-party-breaches.
B.A. New York University (2008), cum laude
J.D. Fordham University School of Law (2012)
New York, New Jersey, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
More than 50 years of landmark results.