Areas of Practice
Education
  • 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
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Jason M. Weinstein

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8061
FAX: +1 202 429 3902
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Jason M. Weinstein is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office and concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense and privacy and cybersecurity matters. 

Mr. Weinstein is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) 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 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 efforts at the DOJ 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 prosecuted many of the highest-profile cases of the past decade in Baltimore.  He also 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.

Representative Matters

White-Collar Criminal Defense/Internal Investigations

  • Directing internal investigation for board of one of the nation’s largest private companies in response to criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent sales practices
  • Representing official of prominent energy company in criminal investigation by Department of Justice
  • Representing former employee in criminal investigation of company involving alleged misrepresentations to the government
  • Representing apparel manufacturer in investigation by Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Represented public official in criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department of Justice
  • Representing multiple technology companies and director of non-profit corporation in investigations of government contracts by Department of Justice
  • Representing government official in investigation by Department of Justice Inspector General

Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Representing major search engine and ISP in connection with issues relating to cross-border access to electronic evidence
  • Advising companies in multiple sectors on data breach preparation and incident response
  • Advised venture capital firm on legal and regulatory issues relating to Bitcoin

Noteworthy

  • Recommended by Legal 500 US for Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2014
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US

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