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Carl M. Levin, who served in the United States Senate for 36 years, has extensive experience in local, national, and international matters. The Senator has an extensive knowledge of issues related to the armed services, education, energy, environment, homeland security, ethics, and healthcare. His practice focuses on strategic, regulatory, and public policy issues.

  • Assists publicly and privately held companies in identifying and addressing legal, business, and reputational risks that may bring them under public or government scrutiny and result in legal action or loss of business
  • Provides strategic advice to companies regarding public policy and regulatory issues and issues being considered by federal, state, and local legislative bodies
  • Provides mediation and alternative dispute resolution services regarding complex disputes, particularly in relation to governmental units. Senator Levin was the Lead Sponsor of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996. This ADR law was passed and signed by the President on Oct 19, 1996. It became public law 104-320

Senator Levin, the longest serving senator in Michigan history, is a life-long supporter of Michigan, its communities, and its businesses. He helped the auto and auto parts industries survive and thrive and led the way to partnering between the commercial and military vehicle sectors. He was instrumental in obtaining federal funding for the development of Detroit’s riverfront and the M1-Rail system, as well as Focus: HOPE’s Machinist Training Institute and Center for Advanced Technologies. He also is devoted to the protection of the Great Lakes as vital to the health and prosperity of Michigan. He led the effort to establish and expand national parks, lakeshores, wilderness areas, trails, and the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary. 

Senator Levin was the Chief Senate Sponsor of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996. This ADR law was passed and signed by the president on Oct 19, 1996. It became public law 104-320.

Wayne State University created the Levin Center at Wayne Law, named in honor of Senator Levin. Through academic programming, training, and scholarship, the Center will help equip lawyers, legislators, and leaders with an understanding of how effective legislative oversight can lead to significant and meaningful changes in public policy and institutional behavior. The Senator serves as chair of the Levin Center and as Distinguished Legislator in Residence at Wayne Law.


Representative Matters

Former U.S. Senate Committee Assignments:

Senate Committee on Armed Services

  • Member, 1979-2015
  • Chair, 2001–2003; 2007-2015

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

  • Member, 1979-2015
  • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
    • Member, 1999-2015
    • Chair, 2001-2003; 2007-2015

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Member, 1979-2015

Select Committee on Intelligence

Great Lakes Task Force, Co-chair

Senate Auto Caucus, Co-chair

Some additional examples of legislative activity:
  • Led the Senate in adoption of the Defense Authorization Acts from 2007 through 2015
  • Led legislative efforts to protect the Great Lakes, including support for environmental restorations and preservation of the natural, historical, and cultural legacy of the lakes

  • Fought for the fair treatment of U.S. goods in overseas markets
  • Authored bipartisan legislation, which was enacted into law, to deter the theft of American intellectual property and proprietary information by foreign governments
  • Co-wrote the Merkley-Levin provisions to restrict proprietary trading and conflicts of interest at federally insured banks (also known as the Volcker Rule)
  • Authored the Intermediary Lending Pilot (ILP) program adopted by Congress and established by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps nonprofit organizations boost small business job creation and growth
  • Led the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide major support for small business technology developments
  • Strongly advocated for funding for the SBA Microloan Program, a vital source of financial and technical support to self-employed entrepreneurs and small businesses in Michigan and other states
  • Helped win enactment of the HIRE Act, which provides a new tax incentive to encourage businesses to hire unemployed workers, allows small businesses to write off certain expenditures, extends highway programs, and expands the Build America Bond program (this act helped Michigan employers hire as many as 185,000 new employees)
  • As part of the Small Business Jobs Act, championed a $1.5 billion program, modeled after two successful Michigan programs, to support state and local programs to help spur small business lending (the Small Business Jobs Act helps small businesses access capital they need to operate and grow)
  • Helped enact an improved and strengthened Advanced Technology Program, now called the Technology Innovation Program (TIP), and worked to secure increased funding authorization levels over three years (TIP is a cost-sharing program that promotes the development of new, innovative products that are made and developed in the U.S., helping American companies more effectively compete globally)
  • Worked to increase FY 2008, FY 2009, FY 2010, and FY 2011 appropriations for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program and helped secure increased funding authorization levels. (The MEP program co-funds a nationwide system of manufacturing support centers to assist small and mid-sized manufacturers in modernizing in order to compete in a demanding marketplace by providing technical assistance and helping small firms boost productivity, streamline operations, integrate new technologies, and lower costs)
  • Worked with Congress and the Obama administration to ensure the health and survival of the domestic auto industry, which includes a continued commitment for small car production in the U.S. and recognizes the importance of maintaining a solid base of U.S. suppliers during the industry’s restructuring
  • Lead the way to end federally imposed discriminatory CAFE rules
  • Introduced legislation to provide for the duty-free import of certain inputs used in the U.S.-based manufacture of finished products in the U.S. when that input is not made in the U.S., helping companies to remain globally competitive

Prior Experience

  • United States Senate, Senator, 1978-2015
  • Detroit City Council, 1969-1977; President, 1974-1977
  • Legal Aid and Defender Association of Detroit, Chief Appellate Defender, 1968-1969
  • Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Assistant Attorney General and General Counsel, 1964-1967
  • Practicing Attorney 1959-1964, 1978



  • TIME magazine, named one of the 10 best U.S. senators
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation, Four Freedoms Medal
  • World Affairs Council, Global Service Award
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Stewardship Award
  • National Guard Association of the U.S., Harry S. Truman Award
  • Secretary of the Navy, Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Clement Kern Award for Social Impact, Southwest Solutions
  • Numerous Honorary Degrees

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

  • Board of Directors, Member

Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit Synagogue

  • Founding Member

Academic Appointments

  • Wayne State University’s Levin Center at Wayne Law, Chair
  • Wayne State University School of Law, Distinguished Legislator in Residence

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