Michael Weinstein, a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., is chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Department. He has successfully litigated numerous federal and state jury trials on a broad range of civil, criminal and quasi-criminal matters in almost every business sector. His practice focuses on complex and sophisticated business litigation, internal corporate investigations and defense of government criminal and quasi-criminal allegations.
Building on his prosecutorial experience, Michael’s expertise includes defending against government investigations, criminal prosecutions, civil and regulatory enforcement actions, complex civil business disputes, and quasi-criminal allegations often across numerous jurisdictions and agencies. Possessing a deep understanding of the prosecutorial and regulatory landscape, rules and guidelines as well as an appreciation for client business issues, Michael devises legal strategies and defenses in all matters through appropriate aggressive or more passive steps.
He has extensive experience in all facets of investigations, and trial and has litigated in federal, state, regulatory, administrative and International forums. He serves as lead trial counsel responsible for conceiving and implementing litigation strategies on behalf of corporate and individual clients. He is well respected for his skillful advocacy and ability to personalize arguments to best suit the audience.
His clients represent a broad range of companies, executives, public officials, and individuals caught in disputes from a wide range of business sectors. Recently, his representative matters have included defense from allegations of securities fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, corporate malfeasance, money laundering, healthcare fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of restrictive covenants, trademark and copyright infringement and insurance coverage dispute. He also represents closely held companies and executives who must defend against quasi-criminal allegations initiated by regulators, shareholders, or plaintiffs.
Michael was the only U.S. Department of Justice attorney awarded the prestigious Pegasus Trust Fellowship in London, England. He provides ongoing legal commentary in various media formats including TV, radio and print publications on a wide range of criminal defense and business litigation topics.
Michael earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and his B.A. in Criminal Justice from American University.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1995
American University, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1991
New Jersey, 1995
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1993
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1996
U.S. Court of Claims
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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New Jersey Lawyer Magazine June 11, 2014Michael S. Weinstein and Jason R. Finkelstein
New Jersey Lawyer Magazine February 2013Michael S. Weinstein
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