Alternate Office
  • 1114 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10036
  • TEL: +1 212 506 3914
  • FAX: +1 212 506 3950
Areas of Practice
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Hague Academy of International Law, 1974
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1971
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Reid H. Weingarten

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6238
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Reid Weingarten is widely recognized as one of the nation's top white-collar criminal defense lawyers.  Since 2013, Mr. Weingarten has been given the rare distinction of a “star” ranking by Chambers USA in both the Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide) and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) categories.  Chambers also presented him with its sole Award for Excellence in white-collar litigation.  In 2011, The National Law Journal named him one of the "Most Influential Lawyers in White-Collar Defense" and selected him for its annual feature on "Winning."  Who’s Who Legal has named him “International Business Crime Defense Lawyer of the Year” for six consecutive years, noting in 2012 that he was the most highly regarded lawyer in its research and was variously described as "the dean of white-collar criminal defense," "DC’s finest trial lawyer," and "utterly superb."

Mr. Weingarten works from Steptoe's Washington and New York offices, and has represented individuals and corporations in some of the most high-profile cases in the country.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as a trial attorney for the Public Integrity Section of the US Department of Justice and as a deputy district attorney for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

Recent representations include:

  • Former Vice President of BP, David Rainey
  • Former WorldCom CEO, Bernard Ebbers
  • Former Enron Accounting Officer, Richard Causey
  • Former General Counsel of Tyco, Mark Belnick
  • Former CEO of Duane Reade, Anthony Cuti
  • Former President of, James Treacy
  • Former CEO of Neteller, Gordon Herman
  • Washington, DC Developer, Douglas Jemal
  • Navy Quarterback, Lamar Owens
  • Former CEO of Gen Re, Elizabeth Monrad
  • Washington, DC Detective, Erick Brown
  • The Republic of Kazakhstan

Some prior representations include:

  • Former US Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Brown
  • Former US Secretary of Agriculture, A. Michael Espy
  • Former Teamsters President, Ronald Carey
  • Former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Transportation Committee, Bud Shuster
  • Yah Lin (Charlie) Trie and Pauline Kanchanalak (in connection with the Democratic National Committee fundraising investigations)
  • Former Press Secretary to Henry Cisneros, John Rosales
  • Managing Director and Head of Global Finance for Credit Suisse First Boston, William Brady

Mr. Weingarten has also represented clients in the following high-profile investigations:

  • Whitewater investigation
  • Columbia HCA investigation
  • Archer Daniels Midland investigation
  • Drexel investigation
  • Salomon Brothers investigation
  • III Wind investigation
  • BCCI investigation
  • G.E./Israel investigation
  • FDA/generic drug & tobacco investigation
  • House Bank investigation
  • Democratic National Convention Fundraising investigation

In addition, Mr. Weingarten is committed to his clients and to the community.  He is the chairman and co-founder, along with US Attorney General Eric Holder, of a non-profit program, See Forever Foundation, which is designed to assist juvenile offenders in rehabilitation to prevent recidivism.

Speaking Engagements

  • Giants of the Trial Bar: Handling High Profile Cases, New York City Bar Center for CLE, April 17, 2008;
  • Corporate Counsel Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, March 6-7, 2008;
  • Subpoenaing Sources: Lessons for the Libby Case, ABA Section Criminal Justice, October 18, 2007;
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, American Conference Institute, March 27-28, 2007;
  • New Challenges, New Opportunities, Council of Institutional Investors, March 19, 2007;
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, American Conference Institute, November 8-9, 2006;
  • National Institute on Securities Fraud, ABA Section Criminal Justice, September 28-29, 2006;
  • National Convention of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, June 16, 2006;
  • Defending the White Collar Case, Georgetown CLE and NACDL, September 22-23, 2005.


  • Named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal 2006, 2013 
  • Listed as one of the Most Influential Lawyers in White-Collar Defense in the National Law Journal, 2011
  • Law360 White-Collar “MVP”: 2015, 2017
  • Law360 Trial Ace, 2015
  • Star Individual, Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2012-2017
  • Star Individual, Chambers USA, Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), 2010-2017
  • Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; winner, 2012, nominee, 2011-2015, 2017
  • Chambers Global, Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), 2008-2015
  • Legal 500 US, Leading Lawyer, Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2008, 2012-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Leading Lawyer, Dispute Resolution: Trial Lawyers, 2012-2017
  • Washingtonian Top DC Lawyers, Criminal Defense White-Collar, 2011-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2014-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 1993-2018
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, White-Collar (Top 100), 2007-2017
  • Who's Who Legal Global Business Crime Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2007-2012
  • EuroMoney's Expert Guide to the Best of the Best USA (2009, 2011, 2013)
  • EuroMoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Washington, DC White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2010 by Best Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America for White-Collar, 2011
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2011
  • "Hall of Famer," Ethisphere’s 2009 Attorneys Who Matter for Traditional White-Collar
  • Leading Lawyer, Litigation - Legal Times, 2006
  • Leading Lawyer, Litigation - Legal Times, 2003
  • Career Achievement Award - Dickinson Law School, 2001
  • Special Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, "October Surprise" investigation, 1992
  • Associate Independent Counsel, Iran-Contra Affair, 1988
  • Special Prosecutor for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska, 1988

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Selected Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Co-founder, See Forever Foundation, juvenile offender aftercare program, 1995-present
  • Council Member, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 1996-1997
  • Chairman, White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 1992-1994