Biography

Mara Levin is a partner, and co-chair of the firm's Business Litigation and Employment Practices. A legal advisor, litigator and seasoned trial lawyer, Mara’s clients include private and public companies, both domestic and international, operating in diverse industries including food and beverage, retail and apparel, consumer products and manufacturing, real estate, media and technology; and hospitality, travel and leisure.

Clients rely on Mara to be an engrained part of their business – an outside general counsel who can resolve even the most contentious disputes, and is often consulted to review contractual agreements and operational decisions with a litigator’s lens. Because of her sound legal judgment, business savvy and pragmatic approach to problem solving, many of her clients have sought her counsel and representation for decades.

Mara has consistently been rated a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters (2012-2018) and has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest level of professional excellence.

Business Litigation + Real Estate Practice
As lead counsel for complex litigations in federal and state courts, Mara has obtained successful verdicts in both jury and bench trials. Her extensive business litigation experience includes contractual and fiduciary breaches, fraud, economic torts and UCC disputes, as well as trade secret, restrictive covenant, and legal malpractice claims.

Real estate owners, developers, management companies and national retailers often call on Mara for her vast experience in commercial leasing and construction disputes. She regularly serves as outside general counsel to residential and commercial portfolio owners and management companies, as well as cooperative and condominium boards at many of New York City’s most prestigious addresses. On the real estate transactional side, Mara reviews management contracts, development agreements, construction agreements and financing documents, offering prophylactic advice to avoid litigation down the road.

Employment Practice
For more than 20 years, Mara has helped clients manage their day-to-day employment concerns. She uses her keen understanding of enforceable provisions and recent case law to develop employment policies and practices that withstand judicial scrutiny, should litigation arise. Mara also designs risk management programs for employers, and advises on all aspects of the terms and conditions of employment, as well as workforce restructurings, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, exit incentive plans, all labor audits (including FLSA and I-9), as well as matters involving FMLA, disability and other statutorily protected leaves.

Mara is regularly retained by employers to litigate all types of claims including trade secret, restrictive covenant and statutory violations, and to investigate and defend harassment and discrimination claims. She will also represent C- Suite executives in negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements and restrictive covenants. She regularly litigates before federal and state courts, arbitration venues, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights, as well as other state agencies in which her clients are located.

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar
  • New York City Bar Association