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Michael Weinstein, a former trial attorney and federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Office in Washington D.C., serves as chair of the firms’ White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations Practice.

Michael counsels clients from the earliest stages of government inquiries through threatened litigation, discovery and ultimately trial to evaluate potential exposure, assess litigation options, and ensure a focused, comprehensive strategy consistent with client objectives. Michael is called upon in the most demanding of situations to rebuff damaging civil, criminal and regulatory allegations from private litigants to government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, State Attorney Generals’, FBI, Securities & Exchange Commission, and FINRA.

Michael has served as lead trial counsel in dozens of successful civil trials and arbitrations in courts across the country. Each dispute can, and often does, bring with it significant personal, professional and economic consequences, requiring tactical considerations, strategic litigation decisions, discretion, and zealous, sometimes aggressive, advocacy. For him, how to act as well as when to execute on a broader litigation strategy are equally important. He is most at home in the courtroom.

Michael is highly-regarded for his skillful advocacy and ability to personalize effective courtroom arguments. As no two cases are the same, he is well respected for immersing himself in the client’s business, potential witnesses, likely evidence, and overall facts in disputed matters. He is respected for his ongoing assessment and understanding of the changing prosecutorial, legislative and regulatory landscapes.

Representative matters include litigating allegations of:

  • Corporate fraud, theft and embezzlement
  • Securities and financial fraud
  • Internal investigations
  • Bank and tax fraud
  • Commercial bribery and extortion
  • Corporate malfeasance
  • Money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Violation of restrictive covenants
  • Trademark and copyright infringement
  • Unfair competition/criminal anti-trust violations
  • Business disputes

Michael is a legal commentator and the author of numerous articles on high profile criminal defense and business litigation topics. He often appears on broadcast and cable television (NBC News, CNN, Fox, BBC, NPR), in leading newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times), and online sites such as Politico, Associated Press, and Bloomberg.

While at the Department of Justice Michael was awarded the prestigious Pegasus Trust Fellowship in London, England. He earned his law degree 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

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1995U.S. District Court, District of New JerseyU.S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkU.S. District Court, Eastern District of New YorkU.S. Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitU.S. Court of ClaimsU.S. Court of International TradeU.S. Supreme CourtU.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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