Tracy Lee Dayton
Tracy Lee Dayton ()

New York litigation boutique Levine Lee has hired Tracy Lee Dayton, a former federal prosecutor in Connecticut and Brooklyn, as the firm’s sixth partner. She is the fourth former federal prosecutor at the 15-lawyer firm, along with co-founders Seth Levine and Scott Klugman and partner Jillian Berman.

Dayton spent nearly a decade in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut, where she was chief of violent crimes and narcotics, senior litigation counsel, and most recently executive assistant U.S. attorney since late 2015. From 2001 to 2006, she was a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York, where she overlapped with Levine.

Dayton also spent part of her career in a forensic audit position at MasterCard International Inc., overseeing internal investigations related to corporate governance issues, foreign bribery laws and securities violations, among other areas.

At Levine Lee, she’ll focus on white-collar and securities enforcement defense work, investigations, and complex litigation.

Dayton called Levine Lee a “dynamic and growing firm” and said she looked forward to maintaining the camaraderie of her time as a prosecutor while returning to private practice.

Levine Lee was founded in 2011 by Levine and Kenneth Lee—both former Cravath, Swaine & Moore associates—as well as Klugman, a former deputy chief of the business and securities fraud section in the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office. In February, the firm announced that Teena-Ann Sankoorikal had joined after 17 years at Cravath, 10 of those as partner.

“Tracy’s years of experience as a federal prosecutor will be invaluable as she helps our clients navigate sensitive government and internal investigations, and her skills litigating complex disputes are second to none,” Levine said in a statement on Dayton’s hire.