Drinkler Biddle & Reath, a law firm in Philadelphia, has hired Richard A. Levan, the Securities and Exchange Commission's chief litigator in the city from 1991 to 1996, as a partner in its own litigation department.

He will represent brokerage firms, investment advisers, companies, and individuals.

Mr. Levan has been a litigator for 17 years. He most recently worked for another Philadelphia law firm, heading its securities compliance and litigation group as well as its white-collar defense and corporate investigations group.

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