Areas of Practice
- White-Collar Criminal Defense
- Telecom, Internet & Media
- Privacy and Cybersecurity
- The George Washington University School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 1994, Managing Editor, The George Washington Law Review
- Princeton University, A.B., 1990
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- New York
- US District Court, District of Maryland
- US District Court, Southern District of New York
- US District Court, Eastern District of New York
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Jason M. Weinstein
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8061
FAX: +1 202 429 3902
Jason M. Weinstein is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office and concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense and privacy and data security matters.
Mr. Weinstein is a former deputy assistant attorney general of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division and a former federal prosecutor, serving as lead counsel in numerous jury trials. He offers clients significant experience directing internal investigations and trying complex cases.
During his tenure in the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein supervised the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the Organized Crime and Gang Section, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. In this position, he oversaw the most significant cybercrime, data breach, intellectual property theft, and transnational organized crime investigations in the country. He also regularly briefed government officials and members of Congress on cybercrime and intellectual property issues and testified on a number of occasions before Senate and House committees on cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property enforcement. Mr. Weinstein helped lead the DOJ's efforts to draft cybersecurity and data privacy legislation. Additionally, he worked extensively on compliance issues for US companies with the EU’s data protection requirements.
Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein served for nearly 10 years as an assistant US attorney in the US Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of New York and the District of Maryland, where he investigated and litigated all aspects of criminal cases involving financial fraud, racketeering, public corruption, cybercrime, national security, narcotics, money laundering, immigration offenses, and violent crime. In the District of Maryland, Mr. Weinstein served as Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division and as Chief of the Violent Crime Section, where he developed and led Baltimore’s EXILE program, a multi-agency strategy that has dramatically reduced violent crime in the city.
He has received numerous awards and honors including the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Award for building the nation’s outstanding violent crime partnership, the District of Maryland Award for Prosecution of Public Corruption, and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.
- Certified Information Privacy Professional/US
- Recommended by Legal 500 US for Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2014
Select News & Events
- Compliance Week Quotes Jason Weinstein on State Data Breach Notification
- National Law Journal Names Steptoe White-Collar Crime Group of the Year
- ACAMS MoneyLaundering.com Quotes Jason Weinstein on BNP Paribas Matter
- Steptoe Launches Data Breach Tool Kit
- Steptoe Receives 18 Practice, 75 Individual Mentions in Legal 500 US 2014
- Moderator, “Attorney General Perspectives,” NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 12, 2014
- Bloomberg Quotes Jason Weinstein on China's Hack Attacks
- Moderator, “The Evolving Cybersecurity Environment: An Operations and Technology Perspective," ICI Operations and Technology Conference, May 22, 2014
- Speaker, “The Regulatory Landscape: How Changes Will Affect Your Security Program," SANS Security Leadership Summit, April 30, 2014
- Panelist, “What to Do When Your Data or Systems Are Compromised," Dow Jones Compliance Symposium, April 23, 2014
- Panelist, “Vigilantism or Self-Defense? The Implications of Hacking Back,” Georgetown University Law Center, March 26, 2014
- The Data Breach Nightmare – How to Reduce Your Risk and Your Litigation Exposure in Today's "Blame the Victim" Environment, February 26, 2014, (A Steptoe-sponsored event)