July 2008 —

Principal, Jonathan L. Levin LLC—
Financial Institutions Regulatory Counsel

Full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice. (dormant for Dinsmore and Reed Smith)

October 2019 —
January 2022

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

Full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice.

June 2015 —
March 2017

Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice.

August 2012 —
December 2014

Special Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Part-time affiliation with full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice.

October 2006 —
June 2008

Sr. VP, Chief Regulatory Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Custodial Trust Company (Bear Stearns Bank & Trust) [Managing Director—Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.]

Supervise compliance for commercial bank ($100 billion under custody); draft and implement bank policies; counsel bank and parent company on bank regulatory issues; liaison with federal and state banking regulators.

March 1995 —
September 2006

Partner—Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Full-spectrum regulatory practice counseling banks, financial services companies, management and shareholders on compliance, powers, corporate governance and M&A.


Partner—Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman & Cohen, Philadelphia, PA

Full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice.


Associate—Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson, Philadelphia, PA

Full-spectrum financial services regulatory practice.


Senior Attorney—Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Washington, D.C.

Legal Advisory Services Division and Regulations Analysis Division: author regulations; interpret extensive range of bank regulatory issues; evaluate effectiveness of national bank regulatory framework.

Office of Legislative Counsel: author legislation and Congressional testimony for senior OCC officials.

Chief Speechwriter for the Comptroller of the Currency


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. magna cum laude , Temple University

Bar Admission
  • Pennsylvania
  • Leadership Awards – American Bar Association Banking Law Committee, 2009, 2005
  • Special Achievement Awards – U.S. Treasury Department, 1984, 1981
  • High Quality Awards – U.S. Treasury Department, 1980, 1979
Publications /
Public Speaking
  • Creator and editor, The Dodd-Frank Bank Regulation Updater (“BRU”) , 2011—2018
  • Co-author, “Newly Adopted OCC Standards Raise Institutional and Personal Exposure for Banks and Bankers,” Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, Winter 2017
  • Author of six books, including The Guide to National Banking Law, Irwin Professional Publishing (McGraw-Hill), 1996
  • “Disincentivizing Incentives – The Changing World of Banker and Broker Compensation,”, June 2016
  • “AML Regulators Bringing Transparency into Clear Focus [FinCEN Moving Towards Forcing Banks to Look Behind the Curtain]”, April 2016
  • “Community Bank Corporate Governance - Dollars and (Common) Sense,”, April 2016
  • “Complying with the New Pennsylvania Subprime Lending Law,”
    Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report
  • “Joint Rule on Privacy of Consumer Financial Information,”
    Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report
  • “Banks In Insurance—The Pennsylvania Story,”
    The Banking Law Journal
  • “Pennsylvania Banks Ride the Interstate Express,”
    The Banking Law Journal
  • “In Search of the National Bank Act,”
    The Banking Law Journal

  • Lecturer , New York University
  • Lecturer , University of Pennsylvania
  • Frequent speaker before associations of lawyers and financial services professionals