Martin E. Levin

Martin E. Levin has more than 25 years of government and private practice experience in environmental and other complex litigation.

In private practice, Mr. Levin has represented businesses and individuals in environmental, toxic tort, insurance, and commercial litigation.  He has also defended individuals and corporations throughout government enforcement actions for serious workplace injury and environmental violations.  Notable matters have included: 

  • Winning class certification and a jury verdict for Mattapoisett homeowners against an international shipping company responsible for an off-shore oil spill.  The case was ultimately settled for $12.4 million, compensating over 1000 homeowners whose properties were affected by the spill.  Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Mr. Levin one of its 2011 Lawyers of the Year for his role in the case. (pdf article)
  • Co-lead counsel (along with Max Stern) for the product supplier charged with manslaughter in connection with the 2006 collapse of the Boston “Big Dig” tunnel.  Mr. Levin’s work included negotiation of a non-criminal resolution to the state charges, defense of the multi-party civil litigation arising from the collapse, and the successful appeal of federal contract suspension proceedings.
  • Undertaking the appeal of an adverse judgment that had denied compensation for contamination at an industrial site, Mr. Levin won reversal of the judgment and a multimillion dollar settlement for the plaintiff.
  • Winning a multimillion dollar settlement for insurance coverage and unfair business practice claims in a case arising from fire at an industrial site.

While in government, Mr. Levin was Massachusetts’ chief environmental prosecutor for a decade.  He directed investigations into environmental and occupational health hazards.  His precedent-setting cases include the civil action against GE for failure to notify the government of PCB contamination caused by company wastes used as residential fill; a record criminal disposition, including the state’s first order mandating corporate audits of occupational safety and environmental compliance, for hazardous waste violations; and the landmark convictions establishing the crime of assault and battery for exposing employees to hazardous materials.  Mr. Levin also drafted the state’s public employee whistleblower protection law and environmental endangerment law.

Mr. Levin has been designated a New England Super Lawyer for environmental law.  He has appeared and argued at every trial and appellate level, including the United States Supreme Court.  He has taught at Harvard Law School and lectured before a variety of business, labor, professional, and academic audiences.  He graduated cum laude from Yale College in 1978, and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981.