Joel Levine

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Joel Levine (born 1942) is the author of The Corruption of Michael Levitt.[1] He is an attorney at the New York and Florida Bars.

Levine grew up in the New York area, graduated from Syosset High School (1959), SUNY Buffalo (1963) and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1966). He is married and lives in Miami, Florida.

Film and television[edit]

Levine was co-founder/President and CEO of Gibraltar Entertainment, Inc. (1988–1997) where he produced 12 films and 52 episodes of a television show, Okavango which ran on FX. Levine is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America.



Executive Producer with Wayne Crawford of 52 episodes of "Okavango," a family adventure television show shot in Africa, starring Steve Kanally, Wayne Crawford and Michele Scarabelli and featuring Eddie Albert, 1991 1993, FX Cable Network 1995-96.

Real estate/finance[edit]

Levine was a principal in First Capital Financial Corporation, a national commercial real estate investment and financial company. Levine created the first Section 351 Rollup in the real estate industry, combining on a tax-free basis several public real estate limited partnerships with related private corporations to form a single public corporate entity which in 1984 was sold to GAMI owned and controlled by the financier Sam Zell.

Peace Corps[edit]

Levine served in the Peace Corps, Venezuela from 1966-1968. He trained in Tucson, Arizona and Mexico. Along with other Peace Corps trainees, he created a thrift shop for the Yaqui Native American tribe in Tucson designing an internal controls system and instructing the Native Americans on fundamental business techniques. He served the Peace Corps in Caracas and Puerto Piritu, Venezuela, working with the Ministry of Development on rural electrification cooperatives. He also designed and marketed ornamental candles; initiated sports programs; catalyzed student scholarships; and produced a Peace Corps training film.

Legal aid/civil rights[edit]

Levine was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Fellowship and was one of one hundred specially selected poverty lawyers serving throughout the United States (1968–1969). He served principally at Waterbury Legal Aid Society, Waterbury Conn. He specialized in economic development and housing and on Jan. 31, 1969 addressed the Connecticut Legislature on seven housing bills.[citation needed]


In 1973 Levine was a Visiting Professor of Real Estate Finance Law, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey.[citation needed]



In 1972 Levine published his first book with Random House: Getting In—A Guide to Acceptance by the College of Your Choice (with Lawrence May) a humorous and practical approach to college admissions.[2] He has written many articles in the legal field on subjects ranging from tenants' rights and Product Liability to Mediation and Arbitration in multiple areas. In 1974 Levine wrote the children's book "The Zonk Who Wanted a Friend," an endearing story of acceptance of those different from us. "'The Corruption of Michael Levitt", a novel about a bright but naïve young lawyer who, despite his best intentions, is gradually corrupted by the world he's chosen, was released in 2011.

Mediation and arbitration[edit]

Levine is admitted to practice in state and federal courts, mediates and arbitrates (as arbitrator) privately and for a large number of institutions (including the American Arbitration Association), the US Postal Service, national and local law firms, and private businesses.

Awards/guest appearances[edit]

Mr. Levine was named as "Florida Super Lawyer" 2014, 2015 and 2016; selected as one of the top mediators in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend 2016; and selected by The Best Lawyers in America (2017) (23rd) Edition for work in Arbitration.

He was also selected as one of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers (Alternative Dispute Resolution) by Legal Leaders--South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers.

Levine was Awarded "Arbitrator of the Year--Florida" (2014) and "Mediator of the Year--Florida" (2013)by Acquisition International (The Voice of Corporate Finance).

Mr. Levine is a Harvard Law School Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker and in March 2003 addressed students, faculty, and staff on a variety of subjects related to changes in our society in the last generation, opportunities in various fields, ADR and life lessons (which he's still learning).

Levine was selected to the Copyright Office, Library of Congress 2004-2005 Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) which determined royalty rates and distribution of royalties for the commercial use of copyrighted works when those rates cannot be successfully negotiated by copyright holders and users (e.g., broadcasters) - including those for music and webcasting.

He was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Fellowship in 1968 which in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan Law Schools trained 100 selected attorneys to practice civil rights and poverty law in low income minority communities.

Levine received a Commendation from the City of Miami Police Department, August 21, 1978 "for 'invaluable and courageous assistance' in apprehending a purse snatcher at Biscayne Boulevard and 12 Street, until police could arrive."


  1. ^ Levine, Joel (2011). The Corruption of Michael Levitt (Kindle). Amazon Digital Services. ASIN B004YENG2M. 
  2. ^ Levine, Joel (1972). Getting In—A Guide to Acceptance by the College of Your Choice. New York City: Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-47880-7.