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Michael Weinstein, a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., is chair of the White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations Practice. A trusted advisor and seasoned trial attorney, he counsels individuals and corporations, both U.S. and international, in grand jury proceedings, quasi-criminal investigations, administrative and regulatory enforcement proceedings, criminal trials and internal investigations. He has successfully litigated dozens of jury trials also involving civil disputes in a range of business sectors in courts across the country. He is most at home in the courtroom.

Known for his deep understanding of the prosecutorial and regulatory landscape, as well as the practical considerations of evidence, witnesses, litigation and trials, Michael has repeatedly served as lead trial counsel in the most demanding of situations. In this role, he is responsible for conceiving and implementing litigation strategies that incorporate facts, law, media impact, and importantly, short and long term client objectives. Michael is well respected for his skillful advocacy and ability to personalize arguments most effective for the intended audience.     

Michael also serves as lead counsel in civil litigation in U.S. district courts throughout the country. He is called upon to fight on behalf of clients and rebuff damaging allegations. Each dispute can, and often does, bring with it significant personal, professional and economic consequences, where the exercise of discretion and strategic thinking is of the utmost importance. He assists from the earliest stages of a criminal inquiry to evaluate potential exposure, assess available options, and ensure a consistent, comprehensive strategy. Similarly, his actions in civil litigation incorporate tactical considerations, client objectives, and the effective use of aggressive advocacy.

Representative matters include defense from 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
• 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 sought after legal commentator and the author of numerous articles on high profile criminal defense and business litigation topics. He has appeared on broadcast and cable television (NBC News, CNN, Fox, NPR), in leading newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times), and online sites such as Politico and Bloomberg.

Michael is the only U.S. Department of Justice attorney awarded the prestigious Pegasus Trust Fellowship in London, England. He 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

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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