Elise J. Bean
Elise Bean was first hired by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in 1985, to serve as an attorney on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2003, Senator Levin appointed her staff director and chief counsel of the Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which he chaired.
During her tenure with Senator Levin, Ms. Bean handled a variety of complex investigations, hearings, and legislation, including matters involving money laundering, offshore tax abuse, foreign corruption, unfair credit card practices, corporate misconduct involving derivatives or structured finance, health care fraud, and shell companies with hidden owners.
Investigations headed by Ms. Bean included inquiries into offshore tax avoidance by Apple, Microsoft, and Caterpillar; undeclared UBS, LGT, and Credit Suisse accounts for wealthy U.S. clients; and tax shelter sales by professional firms, including KPMG. In 2014, Senator Levin retired from the Senate, and so did Ms. Bean. She is now co-director of the new Levin Center at Wayne Law School in Detroit.
Ms. Bean graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University in 1978, and received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982. She served as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, Alex Kozinski, who later served as the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also worked for two years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Frauds Section.
In 2013 and 2011, the Washingtonian magazine named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. In 2010, Ms. Bean was selected by the National Law Journal as one of Washington’s most influential women lawyers..In 2015, she was included in the Global Tax 50, a list compiled by the International Tax Review of the year’s top 50 individuals and organizations influencing tax policy and practice.