Ohio (currently inactive)
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts throughout the country
Awards and Recognitions
Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award (2016)
Equal Justice Award (2016 & 2004)
Philadelphia's Top Rated Lawyers
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
Fellow, Academy of Advocacy
University of Cincinnati Law Review
University of Cincinnati College of Law -- 1995 (cum laude; 16th in class)
Miami University -- 1992
(cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)
Chairman, Board of Directors, Project 440
Deacon, Presbyterian Church at Woodbury
Trustee, Vice-President and Performer
Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey
Mayor's Advisory Council -- Washington Twp, NJ
Assistant Borough Solicitor -- Swarthmore, PA (2001-2004)
Project Creator and Faculty Presenter
Trial Practice Skills Boot Camp
The University of Pennsylvania Law School
Program Creator, Facilitator and Faculty Presenter The Art of the Deposition
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
(June 2015; November 2016)
Program Creator, Facilitator and Faculty Presenter
Deposition Boot Camp: The Art of Taking, Defending and Preparing for Depositions
The University of Pennsylvania Law School
(January 2015; January 2016)
Faculty Presenter -- Class Certification Trends in ERISA Litigation: Winds of Change are Blowing
Law Seminars International
Guest Lecturer -- ERISA Litigation: Important Decisions Involving Breaches of Fiduciary Duty
Temple Law LL.M. in Taxation Program
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Selected Press and Publications
Peter H. LeVan, Jr., My 15-Year Pro Bono Matter: How a Single Case Can Become the Endeavor of a Lifetime, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2016
Quoted in Ben Seal, Elder-Care Employment Ban Ruled Unconstitutional, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, January 12, 2016
Quoted in Jon Steingart, Pennsylvania's Ban on Ex-Offender Caregivers Overturned, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, January 5, 2016
Quoted in Karen Langley, Commonwealth Court Blocks Lifetime Ban on Nursing Home Work for Those Convicted of Some Crimes, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 5, 2016
Peter H. LeVan, Jr., Ending OAPSA's Unconstitutional Employment Ban in Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Bar Reporter,
Quoted in Erin E. Arvedlund, Adult-Care Law Limiting Employment Candidates, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 31, 2015
Quoted in Carrie Johnson, Can't Get a Job Because of a Criminal Record? A Lawsuit is Trying to Change That, NPR's All Things Considered, April 30, 2015
Peter H. LeVan, Jr., New Standards Announced for ERISA Company Stock Cases, The Legal Intelligencer, July 28, 2014
Quoted in Jo-el J. Meyer, Court Certifies Class Action of Pension Plans That Invested in JPMorgan Securities Lending, BNA Pension & Benefits Daily, Aug. 6, 2010
Quoted in Hilary Russ, Funds Win Class Cert in JPMorgan ERISA Suit, Law 360, Aug. 5, 2010
Peter H. LeVan, Jr., High Court: Federal Employees Lack Protection for Official Duties, The Legal Intelligencer, Sept. 7, 2006
Quoted in John Gibeaut, Hardier Stock: Ex-Enron Workers’ ERISA Suits May Reach Where Securities Laws Don’t Go, ABA Journal, June 2006
Quoted in Sean Connolly, Blue Line Fever, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Nov. 7, 2005
Peter ("Tad") H. LeVan, Jr.
Tad is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who founded LeVan Law Group LLC to offer high-quality legal services to the business community from a smaller and more cost-efficient platform.
A former federal law clerk, Tad has a well-established record of success in a wide variety of legal practices. In 2009, Tad joined the nationally-recognized plaintiffs' firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP as a partner. While there, he acted as lead counsel for the firm’s "class of plans" securities lending litigation cases, representing some of the largest pension and retirement plans in the country against J.P. Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon. Tad also acted as lead counsel in dozens of ERISA class actions against Fortune 500 corporations (including Ford, Merck, Schering-Plough, Bear Stearns, Lincoln Financial and Fifth-Third Bancorp) and as lead ERISA counsel for a class of upstate New York Taft-Hartley pension plans that suffered losses in connection with the Bernard Madoff fraud. In addition to trial work, Tad acted as lead appellate counsel for the firm's highest-profile ERISA matters, arguing important cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits. In 2012, Tad settled a handful of novel ERISA matters for nearly $700 million, including among others: Board of Trustees of the AFTRA Retirement Fund, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (S.D.N.Y.) -$150 million settlement (court-appointed lead counsel); CompSource Oklahoma, et al. v. BNY Mellon, N.A., et al. (W.D. Ok.) - $280 million settlement (court-appointed co-lead counsel); and In re Beacon Associates Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) - $219 million settlement (court-appointed lead ERISA counsel).
Prior to joining Kessler, Tad was a shareholder at Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin (now known as Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller), a renowned litigation boutique in Philadelphia. At Hangley, he first-chaired numerous jury and non-jury complex commercial litigation matters involving alleged breach of contract, patent infringement, non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. He also represented then-Governor Rendell, Pennsylvania executive agencies, and the City of Philadelphia in several high-profile litigation matters involving alleged First Amendment retaliation, separation of power, constitutional authority, and agency rule making. From 2006 to 2009, Tad served as an elected member of the firm's Board of Directors and Executive Committee, where he participated in all aspects of firm management and development, including compensation, personnel and strategic planning decisions.
Before moving to Philadelphia, Tad was a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Manos, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and a litigation associate with Squire Sanders in Cleveland.
A two-time winner of the Equal Justice Award and a recipient of The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 2016 Pro Bono Award, Tad has a long history of groundbreaking pro bono and public interest engagements. Most recently, he spearheaded a team of talented attorneys who successfully obtained a unanimous ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, sitting en banc, that declared the lifetime employment ban contained in The Older Adults Protective Services Act to be facially unconstitutional and enjoined the Commonwealth from further enforcement of the law against any Pennsylvania citizen. See Peake v. Commonwealth, 2015 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 585 (Dec. 30, 2015).
Tad has also created several legal courses and is often asked to participate as a course presenter or guest lecturer on a wide variety of legal topics, including oral advocacy, brief writing, deposition practice, trial practice, ERISA issues, and class certification topics. He created, prepared and taught The Art of the Deposition, a two-day interactive course for practicing attorneys offered annually by The Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Tad regularly teaches workshops on deposition and trial practice at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been a guest lecturer at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, and has presented numerous continuing legal education courses on a variety of topics.
In addition to faculty engagements, Tad has published articles in The Legal Intelligencer and The Philadelphia Bar Journal and has been quoted in numerous national and regional media publications, including NPR's All Things Considered, Bloomberg BNA, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The ABA Journal, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, The Philadelphia Lawyer, BNA Pension & Benefits Daily and Law 360.
When not representing clients, Tad can be found singing with Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey, performing at The Broadway Theatre in Pitman, New Jersey, assisting with Project 440, or spending time with his three amazing kids.