Ethan Levin-Epstein is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 40 years of experience in the criminal law. He has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict for the prosecution and the defense. He has been designated a Super Lawyer and has been listed since 1999 in the attorney peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America. He is listed in the categories for Criminal Law, White Collar Criminal Defense, and the representation of individuals in Discrimination and Employment cases.
Prior to joining Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 1991, Ethan spent fourteen years as a federal and state prosecutor, ending that portion of his career as the First Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. Before that, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (in Brooklyn) and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Bureau of the New York District Attorney’s Office (in Manhattan). He also served as a Legal Advisor to the Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department.
In the criminal defense arena, Ethan has successfully tried cases and negotiated favorable dispositions in federal and state courts, resulting in outright declinations of criminal prosecution or agreements by the government to defer criminal prosecution for limited periods of time. In addition, he has represented numerous targets, subjects, and witnesses in federal grand jury and state investigations into such diverse allegations as mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, antitrust violations, health care fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, bribery, violation of the Hobbs Act (extortion under color of official right), Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), false statements, perjury, obstruction of justice, violation of foreign export statutes, and conspiracy to commit these and numerous other offenses.
In his extensive work on behalf of employees, he has successfully negotiated numerous settlements for clients with claims for wrongful discharge; discrimination based on age, gender, pregnancy, disability and perceived disability, sexual orientation; sexual harassment; and benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). He has also successfully prosecuted arbitrations for breach of employment contracts.
Ethan’s experience in the criminal law has enhanced his ability to effectively represent individuals in their employment-related matters. There is significant overlap between the two fields and where clients face situations which have implications from both an employment and criminal perspective, Ethan’s experience in both areas has proven invaluable.
Ethan has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Brooklyn and University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac) Law Schools, where he taught advanced courses in Trial Advocacy and Federal Criminal Jurisprudence. He has been a Visiting Lecturer of Constitutional Law at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and has been a frequent speaker at professional and government-sponsored seminars and in-service training programs. Ethan has been invited to be a featured speaker and presenter at National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Annual Conventions, the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and at the F.B.I. Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Council (on which he served as a Trustee), and the Connecticut Bar Association (in which he served as a Co-Chair of its Federal Practice Section and continues to serve as an active member of its Executive Committee). Previously. he served as Chair of the Section’s Criminal Practice Sub-Committee. He is also a member of the CBA’s Criminal Practice Section, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).
Ethan is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts in the District of Connecticut, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of Florida. He is a member of the Bar of the States of Connecticut and New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- United States v. Ern Len
In this ten-week multi-defendant money laundering and conspiracy criminal jury trial, Ethan was successful in obtaining an acquittal for his client.
- United States v. Lundwall
An executive of a Fortune 50 corporation was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly destroying and concealing documents that pertained to a private race discrimination case against the company. It was reportedly the first time this theory had been used to prosecute for criminal obstruction of justice. Ethan was successful in obtaining an acquittal for his client. The case received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times.
- Nano v. Competitive Technologies, Inc.
In this complex labor arbitration, which took over a year to litigate, Ethan successfully obtained and confirmed a judgment in excess of $750,000 for his client, the former CEO of a medical technology company.
Three years ago I committed a federal criminal offense which I have regretted ever since. I needed a lawyer desperately and thank god that I was referred to Ethan Levin-Epstein. I was facing jail and felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. I felt hopeless with nowhere to turn. Ethan was very understanding and very diligent in helping me to understand my situation. He explained all the issues to me and my family and listened to all our concerns. He understood those concerns and my case and helped me to understand my options. He helped me to make the right decisions for me. The case took two years to resolve. Ethan met with me many times and really got to know me. He worked tirelessly for me. The big day finally arrived and the probation office recommended that I receive a jail sentence that (due to Ethan’s work) was much lower than the sentencing “guidelines” range of 24 to 30 months. Ethan was still not satisfied. What happened in court on the day I was sentenced will forever live in my heart and soul. Ethan pleaded my case as though I was his brother. He made sure the judge knew who I really was. As a result, I was placed on probation and not sent to jail. I will forever be indebted to Ethan for taking my case so personally and for becoming my friend. I recommend him and his firm without qualification. — M.R., Cheshire, CT
Ethan defended me in the largest municipal corruption trial in the history of the State of Connecticut. His years as a US Attorney benefited me tremendously. Not only did Ethan demonstrate his vast knowledge of criminal law, but he keenly positioned me with respect to the 12 other people/businesses indicted in the same federal investigation. From the outset, Ethan worked tirelessly on my behalf and masterfully reduced my degree of culpability in the eyes of the government. Ultimately, the combination of his experience, knowledge of the law and his astute understanding of the system prevented me from going to federal prison. Thanks to Ethan I was able to remain home with my wife and children and move on with my life while most of the other defendants received prison sentences. — F.S., Fairfield, CT
Ethan Levin-Epstein has twice provided superior legal representation for me. During my career I had the experience of being represented by major law firms and Ethan is second to none. He was available to provide legal advice and support for my case 24/7 by phone, email and in person. Ethan developed a very successful legal strategy for my case and researched the case law to support each position. He prepared every detail of my case to ensure success and his hard work in preparation was a key factor in our legal victory. I am pleased to recommend Ethan to anyone considering legal representation as you could not make a better choice. — J.N., Fort White, FL
When my small business came under federal investigation, I was faced with a federal indictment, possible jail time, and large fines. Even the investigation itself threatened to put us out of business after 35 years. I had no idea what we’d done wrong. I am so grateful that my attorney recommended Ethan Levin-Epstein. Proving my innocence to the Feds seemed like an insurmountable task, but Ethan’s knowledge of the law and skill was the key to halting the witch hunt. Ethan saved my life. — R.D., Higganum, CT
Ethan’s legal expertise, empathy, and unwavering professionalism and perseverance brought closure to what was a very discouraging situation for my family. He guided me through the long process, while counseling me on each and every step, so I could make informed decisions about my case. Ethan and his firm are the leaders in employment law, which is what I knew I needed when I made the very difficult life decision to take legal action against a former employer. — C.Y., Middlebury, CT
Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT
I cannot fully express how grateful I am to have had Ethan represent me during a very stressful case involving my previous employment. Ethan listened, advised, advocated, and most importantly kept me very well informed throughout entire process. He was always patient with me, especially when I was emotional and asked a lot of questions. I have the utmost confidence and respect for Ethan’s ability as an attorney. Not only did he always look out for my interests; he was always honest discussing strategies and decisions. Thank you, Ethan! — D.M., Hamden, CT
Ethan and his colleagues with whom I had contact were kind, helpful, proactive, and responsive throughout our work together. My wife and I are grateful to them for their expertise, professionalism, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. While Ethan provided excellent legal counsel, his empathetic personal counsel regarding the matter was also invaluable to us. I look forward to working with Ethan in the future on more positive legal needs. — R.T., Middletown, CT