Henry D. ("Hank") Levine is Senior Counsel to 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 numerous Fortune 100 companies and the equivalent, including the City of New York, DuPont, Kaiser Permanente, IBM, HCA, and Goldman Sachs. And he has been heavily involved in settling (or, where necessary, litigating) contract disputes between large users and their carriers.
Before founding LB3 in 1993, Mr. Levine was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster, where he established (and chaired) the firm's Communications Group. 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; and was retained by the United States General Services Administration to provide strategic advice and assistance in connection with the FTS2000, FTS2001, and Networx programs (through which the government purchases much of its telecommunications services).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.
Mr. Levine's writings on telecommunications regulation and transactions include more than 60 articles and chapters in several books. He is a frequent speaker on communications issues and has chaired numerous telecommunications-related conferences. In recent years, he has served on several occasions as an expert witness on issues surrounding telecommunications contracts and their interpretation. Chambers Global and Chambers USA have described 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, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology, and the Lawdragon 500/3000.
- District of Columbia
- New York
- Harvard Law School, J.D.
- Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.P.
- Yale, B.A.
- Federal Communications Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association