John G. Levi was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation by President Barack Obama on August 6, 2009, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2010. He was elected Chairman of the LSC Board by his fellow Board members on April 7, 2010.
Mr. Levi is a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, LLP. His practice focuses on employment litigation, executive compensation matters, and labor management relations. Mr. Levi represents corporate clients before numerous courts, agencies and arbitration forums. He also gives guidance on internal employment policies and governance.
Mr. Levi is past chair of Sidley's Law School Recruiting Committee and heads the firm's committee overseeing its adopt-a-school programs. He has been involved in issues regarding juvenile justice and access to justice for many years, serving on the Board of the Cook County Justice for Children. Mr. Levi also serves on the Advisory Board for the Northwestern University Law School Center on Wrongful Convictions.
He was President and a longtime Trustee of the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, and in 2014 was honored by being made a Life Trustee of the School. He is the recipient of the 2004 Abraham Lincoln Marovitz "Lend A Hand" volunteer award, and was awarded an Honorary Diploma by the Parker School in 2003. Mr. Levi received the inaugural Mikva Challenge Corporate Citizenship Award for civic leadership to improve the lives of Chicago youth in 2011. Mr. Levi was elected in 2013 as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was recognized in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Labor Law Management and the Legal 500 U.S. 2013 for Labor and Employment.
Mr. Levi received his B.A. with honors from the University of Rochester in 1969, and earned his J.D. in 1972 and LL.M. in 1973 from Harvard Law School.