John P. Levin

Contact

415.625.1050
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Education
J.D. — Stanford University Law School, 1973
M.A. — Stanford University, 1970
B.A. — Harvard College, 1969

John Levin is Chairman of Folger Levin LLP. His practice focuses on transactions and strategic advice for businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and non-profit organizations.

John received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1969 and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University in 1970. Following law school, John served for one year as law clerk to Associate Justice Stanley Mosk of the Supreme Court of California. In 1978, John co-founded Folger & Levin and served as its chairman and managing partner for nearly 30 years. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1973.

John is active in a wide range of community activities and has served on numerous boards. In 2009 he completed a ten year term as a Trustee of Stanford University, the last five years as Vice-Chair of the Board. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Stanford Health Care, a member of the Board of Directors of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Convening Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine. Stanford has awarded John its Gold Spike in recognition of exceptional service to the University. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California, a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Coaching Corps and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service. John has been active in the leadership of Stanford Law School, serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Law School and a member of the Executive Committee of the school’s Board of Visitors. With his wife Terry, John established The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. John has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Claude and Louise Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Marin Country Day School, a member of the Board of Trustees of Marin Academy, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Little School, a member of the Advisory Board of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, a member of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources and a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Nonprofit & Charitable
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    Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations

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    While nonprofit and charitable organizations face many of the same legal issues as for-profit organizations, the many state and federal legal requirements that are unique to nonprofits make experience with nonprofits essential to effective representation. Attorneys from all our practice groups collaborate to respond to the needs of our nonprofit clients, and, as a result, we are able to counsel our nonprofit clients efficiently and effectively. Folger Levin’s attorneys have extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues, including formation, corporate governance, taxation, real estate, financings (include exempt bond issuances), intellectual property, and employment matters. We have also represented nonprofit organizations in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in matters involving bequests and trust distributions, fiduciary duties, wage and hour, wrongful termination and employee benefit claims, and contract disputes.
    [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our attorneys have represented public charitable, medical and otherwise beneficent organizations; public media organizations (television and radio); private, family and community foundations, trade associations and standard-setting groups; and primary, secondary, college and post-graduate schools and other educational organizations. Many of our attorneys have also served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, giving them valuable insight into the operations and needs of nonprofit organizations. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_one_fifth] [av_textblock] Areas Of Focus [/av_textblock] [av_textblock]
    • Entity Formation
    • Corporate Governance
    • Taxation
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Real Estate and Finance
    • Employment and Labor
    • Litigation
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    "Folger Levin understands our organization and the legal issues we face. I trust Folger Levin to develop solutions for matters critical to our mission. They are always there for us."
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  • Estate Planning
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    Estate Planning

    [/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] The attorneys in our Estate Planning Practice Group provide counsel on all aspects of estate planning, including trust formation, charitable planning and trust and estate administration to individuals and families. In devising creative, appropriate and cost-effective plans to meet our clients’ unique estate planning goals, we draw upon not only our understanding of the laws governing estates and trusts, but also our extensive experience in dealing with issues of taxation, wealth transfer techniques, business transactions, and charitable planning. The range of matters in which we have represented clients include preparing inter vivos revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, and related documents. We have substantial expertise pursuing sophisticated wealth transfer techniques, including grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and sales to grantor trusts, and have helped clients meet long-term investment and business goals through formation of limited partnerships and limited liability companies. We also assist clients with life insurance planning, enabling clients to protect life insurance proceeds from estate taxes through the use of irrevocable trusts. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our attorneys provide estate administration services in both probate and non-probate settings for large, complex estates; advise clients with respect to charitable giving both during the client’s life and by testamentary bequest (including assisting clients in creating tax-exempt private foundations and similar charitable entities); draft and negotiate premarital and postmarital agreements; and team with our litigation attorneys to represent clients in probate and trust litigation matters. We also apply our expertise on trust matters and charitable issues on behalf of public charities, private foundations, banks and trust companies. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_one_fifth] [av_textblock ] Areas Of Focus [/av_textblock] [av_textblock]
    • Comprehensive Estate Planning
    • Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
    • Taxation
    • Wealth Transfer
    • Charitable Planning
    • Entity Formation
    • Life Insurance Planning
    • Pre-Marital Agreements
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    "I have worked with Folger Levin attorneys for over two decades. I respect them for their legal abilities, their judgment, their sensitivity and their integrity in representing me and my family's interests. I appreciate as well the consistent outreach by the firm and its individual members to support quality of life issues in our diverse community."
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  • Corporate & Real Estate
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    Corporate & Real Estate

    [/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our corporate and real estate attorneys have many years of experience working together in analyzing and structuring complex commercial transactions and advising our clients on a variety of legal issues. Rather than addressing client needs through narrowly defined practice groups, we work collaboratively to offer high quality strategic advice that is both sophisticated and practical. We recognize that our role is not merely to identify relevant legal issues, but to understand our clients’ business and objectives so that we can provide effective guidance on a wide range of business decisions and transactions. We seek to develop lasting relationships with clients so that our judgment and advice is grounded in a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and long-term objectives. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our practice spans the entire range of activities found in commercial ventures, for individuals as well as entities, both private and public. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing established businesses in large complex transactions as well as serving the needs of newly formed entities. Our services include business formation, planning, financing and restructuring, commercial real estate (including leasing), complex commercial transactions, intellectual property, corporate governance, private equity, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and nonprofit counseling. Given the variety of services we offer, our attorneys have, in effect, served as outside general counsel for some of our clients. As appropriate, we work closely with our litigation, labor and estate planning colleagues to ensure that we deliver effective and efficient service to our clients. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_one_fifth] [av_textblock ] Areas Of Focus [/av_textblock] [av_textblock]
    • Business Formation
    • Financing
    • Real Estate
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Intellectual Property
    • Corporate Governance
    • Private Equity & Venture
    • Capital Investment
    • Securities
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
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    "I have relied on Folger Levin attorneys for my own and my companies' most difficult challenges. While anyone can tell me what the law is, far more scarce are the qualities that characterize Folger Levin: judgment, a paramount focus on relationships, and fierce loyalty to clients." 
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