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Robert A. Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. Levy is also a director of the Institute for Justice, the Foundation for Government Accountability, and the Forum Club of Southwest Florida. He received his PhD in business from the American University in 1966. That year he founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment information and software. Levy served as CEO until 1991. He then attended George Mason School of Law, where he was chief articles editor of the law review and class valedictorian. Levy received his JD in 1994. The next two years he clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1997 until 2004 Levy was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Levy has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’s Newshour, and NBC’s Today Show. His latest book is The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. Levy served as co-counsel in District of Columbia v. Heller, the successful Supreme Court challenge to Washington, D.C.’s, gun ban.

More from Robert A. Levy


Our Core Second Amendment Rights

Cato's Letter. Vol. 11. No. 3. Summer 2013.

Second Amendment Redux: Scrutiny, Incorporation, and the Heller Paradox

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Vol. 33. No. 1. Winter 2009.

Constitutionally Troubled: ‘TARP’ and its Delegation of Legislative Power

Legal Opinion Letter. February 26, 2009.

Public Filings

United States v. Windsor

Legal Briefs. March 1, 2013.

Hollingsworth v. Perry

Legal Briefs. February 28, 2013.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services v. Florida

Legal Briefs. February 13, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

On Nonintervention and Retaliation

Policy Report. March/April 2019.

The Commerce Clause, Agency Lawmaking, and the Dusky Gopher Frog

Policy Report. September/October 2018.

It’s Not Just a Cake

Policy Report. March/April 2018.


Cato Club Naples 2017

December 6, 2017. Conference.

Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017. Special Event.

Miami Luncheon

March 12, 2014. Luncheon.