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As Chair of the firm’s nationwide White-Collar Litigation & Government Investigations Practice, Michael S. Weinstein counsels’ clients from the earliest stages of threatened litigation to initial government inquiries, investigations, grand jury proceedings, witness interviews, evidence collection, discovery and ultimately, trial. A highly regarded and experienced criminal and civil litigator, Michael continues to garner a reputation as a detailed oriented trial attorney handling all aspects of federal and state litigation matters. A former trial attorney and federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC, Michael leverages his extensive trial experience with a calculated strategic approach, creative thinking, extensive preparation, and effective execution of litigation strategies.

He recognizes that each dispute, whether civil or criminal, and each internal investigation, bring with it significant personal, professional, and financial consequences to the individual or company that require tactical considerations, discretion, zeal and often forceful advocacy balanced against client objectives.

His white-collar defense representations include bank fraud, wire fraud, securities allegations, national security charges, conspiracy, money laundering, executive misconduct, and breach of internal or regulatory policies. He has handled the investigation and defense of a broad array of federal criminal and regulatory statutes.

His civil litigation experience includes corporate disputes, breach of contracts, construction, negligence, intellectual property, and fraud actions, incorporating similar techniques and skills developed in his years as a federal prosecutor.

Most recently, Michael handled a series of internal investigations, including retention by one of the world’s largest shopping mall developers, a global pharmaceutical company, and a publicly listed international apparel company. In these matters, Michael worked closely with company counsel to assess liability issues, potential corporate malfeasance, and conducted dozens of interviews concluding with the presentation of investigative results to company management, and federal prosecutors.

His distinguished reputation has also made him a sought-after On-air legal commentator and author. Michael regularly collaborates with prominent news outlets such as NBC News, CNN, Fox, BBC, and NPR, often providing legal insights into provocative white-collar news of the day. He has offered analysis to a wide array of print and online media including: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Associated Press, and Bloomberg news. He also serves as a technical legal advisor to several Netflix original series and dramas.

Michael currently serves as an appointed Independent Monitor for various New York City construction services companies. In doing so, he is granted broad discretion to investigate and provide oversight with ongoing company financial affairs, safety, regulatory compliance, and ongoing compliance with legal settlements.

He proudly earned his law degree from American University Washington College of Law and his B.A. in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington D.C.



American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1995

American University, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1991

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