July 2008–Present Principal, Jonathan L. Levin LLC
2006–June 2008

Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer—Custodial Trust Company (Bear Stearns Bank & Trust); Managing Director—Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

Supervised compliance for $1 billion-asset commercial bank ($100 billion under custody); drafted and implemented bank policies; counseled bank and parent company management on bank regulatory issues; acted as liaison with federal and state banking regulators; coordinated bank examinations; facilitated transition of various business lines from affiliates into bank.


Partner—Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Full-spectrum financial institutions regulatory practice—Counseled banks, thrifts and other financial institutions on compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, USA PATRIOT Act, National Bank Act, Federal Reserve Act, Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Bank Holding Company Act, Home Owners’ Loan Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, among other federal and state banking laws; prepared bank charter and branch applications; facilitated financial institution mergers and acquisitions; addressed regulatory issues ranging from privacy to lending limits to bank powers in connection with major financing transactions and complex litigation.


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

Full-spectrum financial institutions regulatory practice, as described in greater detail above.


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

Full-spectrum financial institutions regulatory practice, as described in greater detail above.


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

Legal Advisory Services Division and Regulations Analysis Division: drafted regulations; interpreted full range of bank regulatory issues; evaluated the effectiveness of the national bank regulatory framework.

Legislative Counsel’s Office: drafted legislation, including major portions of the Financial Institutions Regulatory and Interest Rate Control Act of 1978 and the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980; drafted Congressional testimony.

Chief Speechwriter for the Comptroller of the Currency (1978)




J.D., Georgetown University Law Center


B.A., cum laude , Temple University

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • American Bar Association Banking Law Committee
  • Creator and editor, The Dodd-Frank Bank Regulation Updater (“BRU”) , 2011

  • Author of several books, including The Guide to National Banking Law, Irwin Professional Publishing (McGraw-Hill), 1996

  • “Complying with the New Pennsylvania Subprime Lending Law,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report , 2002

  • “Joint Rule on Privacy of Consumer Financial Information,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report , 2001

  • “Banks In Insurance—The Pennsylvania Story,” The Banking Law Journal , February 1997

  • “Pennsylvania Banks Ride the Interstate Express,” The Banking Law Journal , November-December 1995

  • “In Search of the National Bank Act,” The Banking Law Journal, 1980
Public Speaking
  • Visiting Lecturer (2007-2011), University of Pennsylvania

  • Frequent speaker before associations of lawyers and financial services professionals