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
Select News & Events
- The Wall Street Journal Features Jason Weinstein in Q&A on Cybercrime
- 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)
- Corporate Counsel Cites Steptoe Cyberblog, Jason Weinstein on Data Security
- Jason Weinstein Appears on LXBN TV to Discuss the Target Data Breach
- Media Covers Jason Weinstein’s Response to Judge’s Ruling on Cybersecurity
- The Washington Post Quotes Jason Weinstein on Data Surveillance Programs
- Democracy Alliance Debate, November 14, 2013
- Arizona State University Town Hall Debate, October 22, 2013
- “Anatomy of a Data Breach from the Attorneys General Perspective,” HB Litigation Conferences NetDiligence ® Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, October 10, 2013
- Wall Street Journal Quotes Jason Weinstein on FTC’s Role in Data Security
- The USA PATRIOT Act and Cloud Security: Busting the European FUD, September 19, 2013, (A Steptoe-sponsored Event)
- Food Marketing Institute Legal Conference, "Cloud Computing and Data Security", June 10, 2013
- Public Safety and Online Privacy—Myth Versus RealityVolume 11, Issue 2
January 2013, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property