Partner Sharon Levin Receives Prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service

Partner Sharon Levin Receives Prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service


Partner Sharon Cohen Levin and a multi-agency team received the 2015 Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service—one of the highest accolades a legal team or individual can receive by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch presented the award to Levin and the team at the 63rd Annual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony on October 21, 2015. The annual ceremony recognizes department employees and individuals outside of the department for their outstanding service and dedication to carrying out the missions of the DOJ.

Levin and those on the team received the award for their accomplishments on the Silk Road "dark web" investigation and prosecution which led to the shutdown of the Silk Road website and the subsequent sale of bitcoins. The DOJ stated in its press release, "The multi-agency effort to dismantle the Silk Road website was a landmark event in the department's fight against cybercrime. These efforts brought the owner and operator to justice through a cutting-edge criminal investigation and subsequent trial and pioneered the first-ever government-sponsored sale of bitcoins. The team, which was nominated by the US Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York and the US Marshals Service, led this extraordinary and groundbreaking effort by successfully navigating uncharted government territory and dismantling a notorious criminal enterprise of unprecedented scope and sophistication. The case not only serves as a model for others to follow in conducting complex cybercrime investigations, prosecutions and asset dispositions in the future, but it also demonstrates that law enforcement is capable of rising to the challenge in the growing shift of criminal activity on the Internet."

Prior to arriving at WilmerHale, Levin served 19 years as Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure, Levin prosecuted and supervised many of the Department of Justice's most complex and significant money laundering, sanctions and asset forfeiture prosecutions, including the investigation and prosecution of BNP Paribas, SAC Capital, Lebanese Canadian Bank and 650 Fifth Avenue. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading authority on money laundering and asset forfeiture.

Throughout her career, Levin has received 15 national and international awards, including being named to The National Law Journal's "Outstanding Women Lawyers" list in 2015, the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service in 2014 and is a four time recipient of the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Asset Forfeiture (2001, 2006, 2007, 2010).