Henry D. Levine

Henry D. Levine

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  • Phone (202) 857-2540
  • Fax (202) 223-0833

Education

    • Harvard Law School
    • J.D.
    • Harvard Kennedy School
    • M.P.P.
    • Yale
    • B.A.

Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Henry D. ("Hank") Levine is a partner in the firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, where his practice centers on the representation of large users on telecommunications-related matters. He has negotiated communications contracts on behalf of Fortune 100 Companies and the equivalent, including, the City of New York, DuPont, Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Honeywell, and Goldman Sachs. And he has been heavily involved in settling (or, where necessary, litigating) contract disputes between large users and their carriers.

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Mr. Levine also spearheaded the successful challenge to the federal excise tax on long distance communications, serving as lead counsel for the taxpayer in two-thirds of the successful tax refund actions before federal District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal. As a direct result of these cases the Internal Revenue Service abandoned taxation of long distance and cellular communications and refunded billions of dollars to individual and corporate taxpayers. 

From 1983 through 1992, Mr. Levine was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster, where he founded (and chaired) the firm's Communications Group. He currently serves as Chair of TechCaliber Consulting, LB3’s telecommunications consulting affiliate, and as General Counsel to the Wall Street Technology Association. He has been a member of the Committee on Technologically Enhanced buildings of the National Research Council and the Executive Board of the New York Telecommunications Reliability Advisory Council; was retained by the United States General Services Administration to provide strategic advice and assistance in connection with the FTS2000, FTS 2001, and Networx programs (through which the government purchases much of its telecommunications services); served as counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of Enterprise Customers in the WorldCom bankruptcy proceeding; and was a key witness in the government’s successful efforts to block the merger of MCI and Sprint.

Mr. Levine's writings on telecommunications regulation and transactions include more than 50 articles and chapters in several books. He is a frequent speaker on communications issues and has chaired numerous conferences on telecommunications issues. In recent years, he has served on several occasions as an expert witness on issues surrounding telecommunications contracts and their interpretation. In 1996, Network World named him one of the twenty-five most powerful people in networking, citing his "unique experience, knowledge and savvy" in "dealing with the pricing, terms and conditions that shape custom network contracts." Chambers Global and Chambers USA variously describe him as "thought [by clients and peers] to be one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the industry," and as the lawyer who “wrote the gospel on telecoms negotiation . . . he’s more than an attorney – he really knows the technology.” He is also listed in Washington DC Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, and the Lawdragon 500/3000.

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Henry D. ("Hank") Levine is a partner in the firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, where his practice centers on the representation of large users on telecommunications-related matters. He has negotiated communications contracts on behalf of Fortune 100 Companies and the equivalent, including, the City of New York, DuPont, Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Honeywell, and Goldman Sachs. And he has been heavily involved in settling (or, where necessary, litigating) contract disputes between large users and their carriers.

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Mr. Levine also spearheaded the successful challenge to the federal excise tax on long distance communications, serving as lead counsel for the taxpayer in two-thirds of the successful tax refund actions before federal District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal. As a direct result of these cases the Internal Revenue Service abandoned taxation of long distance and cellular communications and refunded billions of dollars to individual and corporate taxpayers. 

From 1983 through 1992, Mr. Levine was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster, where he founded (and chaired) the firm's Communications Group. He currently serves as Chair of TechCaliber Consulting, LB3’s telecommunications consulting affiliate, and as General Counsel to the Wall Street Technology Association. He has been a member of the Committee on Technologically Enhanced buildings of the National Research Council and the Executive Board of the New York Telecommunications Reliability Advisory Council; was retained by the United States General Services Administration to provide strategic advice and assistance in connection with the FTS2000, FTS 2001, and Networx programs (through which the government purchases much of its telecommunications services); served as counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of Enterprise Customers in the WorldCom bankruptcy proceeding; and was a key witness in the government’s successful efforts to block the merger of MCI and Sprint.

Mr. Levine's writings on telecommunications regulation and transactions include more than 50 articles and chapters in several books. He is a frequent speaker on communications issues and has chaired numerous conferences on telecommunications issues. In recent years, he has served on several occasions as an expert witness on issues surrounding telecommunications contracts and their interpretation. In 1996, Network World named him one of the twenty-five most powerful people in networking, citing his "unique experience, knowledge and savvy" in "dealing with the pricing, terms and conditions that shape custom network contracts." Chambers Global and Chambers USA variously describe him as "thought [by clients and peers] to be one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the industry," and as the lawyer who “wrote the gospel on telecoms negotiation . . . he’s more than an attorney – he really knows the technology.” He is also listed in Washington DC Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, and the Lawdragon 500/3000.

Education

    • Harvard Law School
    • J.D.
    • Harvard Kennedy School
    • M.P.P.
    • Yale
    • B.A.

Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York