In Memoriam, The Honorable Ian H. LevinIan Levin

Ian Levin practiced as an attorney for 40 years with broad trial, appellate and constitutional litigation experience. Levin served as a Cook County Court Judge for 8 years and for 9 years as a Federal Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. He retired from the bench in 2006, following which he returned to private practice.

Levin, a C.P.A., was valedictorian of his DePaul Law School class and first law clerk to Justice Daniel P. Ward of the Illinois Supreme Court. Following law school, Levin served as a criminal trial attorney and chief of appeals for the Cook County Public Defender's office. Levin then engaged in private civil litigation practice with former U.S. Attorney Tom Foran. After that, Levin was a law firm partner specializing in C.P.A. malpractice defense nationwide.

As a trial judge, Levin was assigned to Chief Judge Donald O'Connell's tort trial motion call and the individual commercial litigation calendar. As a U.S. magistrate judge Levin was involved in all facets of federal civil litigation and had 80 published opinions.

Pavich Law Group, P.C. was honored to have him as a member of their team from 201 until the time of his passing in March 2016.


  • Outstanding Judicial Service, DePaul Law School (2005)
  • Exemplary Judicial Service, Society of Lawyers – C.P.A.s (2004)
  • Lawyer of the Year (State of Illinois), Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1977)