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Philip Levitz
Philip Levitz
Washington +1 202 662 5879 plevitz@cov.com Download V-card

Philip Levitz is a litigator with extensive and diverse trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has successfully briefed and argued numerous high-stakes issues on appeal and represents both plaintiffs and defendants at all stages of the trial process. His substantive focuses have included complex insurance coverage matters and matters involving administrative law and statutory and constitutional issues.


  • Representing Fortune 500 company in appeal of complex contract, tort, and insurance litigation in Ninth Circuit and Arizona Supreme Court, having previously represented client in district court proceedings.
  • Representing major sports client in Ninth Circuit appeal raising antitrust and immunity issues.
  • Successfully represented foreign sovereign in Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and forum non conveniens Second Circuit appeal.
  • Represented amici law professors in U.S. Supreme Court case on immigration detention. Jennings v. Rodriguez, No. 15-1204.
  • Represented amici bar presidents supporting constitutionality of union dues in U.S. Supreme Court. Friedrichs v. Cal. Teachers Ass’n, No. 14-915.
  • Represented amici law enforcement organizations supporting deferred action immigration policies in U.S. Supreme Court. United States v. Texas, No. 15-674. 

Insurance Coverage

  • Representing major utility in appeal in New York Court of Appeals involving insurance allocation issues for environmental liabilities, having successfully moved for Court of Appeals review.
  • Representing major private equity firm in claims under property and pollution legal liability policies for catastrophic storm damage.
  • Successfully represented Fortune 500 company in toxic tort coverage and bad faith litigation in Indiana state court, after successful motion to dismiss parallel proceedings in Massachusetts federal court.
  • Successfully represented energy client in complex coverage litigation in state and federal court in Maine, including on interlocutory appeal.
  • Represented major utility in applications for further appellate review involving choice of law and insurance issues in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Represented policyholder organization in drafting amicus brief on allocation issues in Indiana Supreme Court.

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Representing Fortune 50 company in complex contract, tort, and RICO litigation in the Southern District of New York and parallel False Claims Act litigation in the District of Columbia.
  • Representing major trade association in Administrative Procedure Act challenge to federal agency rule.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in pharmaceutical trade secrets dispute.

White Collar Investigations and Anti-Corruption

  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
  • Represented Fortune 50 companies in providing ongoing anti-corruption advice.
  • Represented orphan drug company in developing anti-corruption compliance program for international expansion.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully briefed and argued appeal of dismissal of Section 1983 constitutional challenge to Virginia post-conviction DNA testing statute. Lamar v. Ebert, No. 15-7668 (4th Cir.).
  • Representing class of disabled prisoners in civil rights and constitutional claims, having successfully sought class certification. McBride v. Michigan Dep’t of Corrections, No. 15-11222 (E.D. Mich.).
  • Successfully represented class of asylum-seeking women and children in litigation challenging DHS detention policy. R.I.L.-R. v. Johnson, No. 15-11 (D.D.C.).   
  • Successfully represented immigrant in U visa application, having previously successfully represented client in removal proceedings.
  • Represented amici in brief supporting rehearing en banc in Fourth Amendment case. Maldonado v. Holder, No. 10-3259 (2d Cir.).
  • Represented Guantanamo Bay detainee in habeas appeal.

Previous Experience

  • Research Analyst/Paralegal, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser (2008-2009)
  • Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2017) 
  • Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State (2010)