Friday, May 1, 2009

A lawyer who served in the Clinton administration was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide at his D.C. law office.

Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, an Atlanta-based firm, confirmed in a statement that attorney Mark Levy had died.

“Mark Levy was well-known and highly respected for his successful appearances before the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Bill Dorris, the firm’s co-managing partner.

Mr. Levy was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice from 1993 to 1995 and served five years in the Office of the Solicitor General.

Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Helen Andrews said officers were called to the office building where the firm is located to investigate a shooting Thursday morning. She said investigators suspect the death was a suicide.

Mr. Levy attended Yale University’s law school with former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and more recently worked on fundraising for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said Dennis Gingold, an attorney who was working with Mr. Levy on a case.

“I don’t know anyone who isn’t shocked by what just happened,” Mr. Gingold said. “He was a good guy. He really was … and professionally, he was first class.”

During his career, Mr. Levy had argued 16 cases before the Supreme Court. At Kilpatrick Stockton, he served as counsel and chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate advocacy practice. Mr. Levy, who was married and had two children, lived in Bethesda.

The firm had announced this week that 24 lawyers would be laid off, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether Mr. Levy had been affected by staff cuts.

The death comes after the chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac killed himself last week. David Kellermann was found dead April 22 in the basement of his Northern Virginia home. Colleagues had noticed that he was under stress and suggested that he take time off.

c AP writer Kamala Lane contributed to this report.

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