Cole Schotz P.C.



Michael S. Weinstein
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6321 / C: 973-906-0103 / F: 201-678-6321
Legal Practice Assistant: Diane Iaconetti
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5012


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 government inquiries, investigations, grand jury proceedings, witness interviews, evidence collection, testimony, 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. With effective style and courtroom dexterity he is often cited as being on the cutting edge of his field and thinking creatively in solving challenging legal issues. His legal career has been exclusively focused on trial work and advocacy in various federal, state, administrative and regulatory forums.

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, extensive preparation and effective execution of litigation strategies. He recognizes that each dispute, whether civil or criminal, and each internal investigation, brings with it significant personal, professional and financial consequences that require tactical considerations, discretion, zeal and often forceful advocacy balanced against client objectives.

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

Most recently, Michael handled a series of investigations, including retention by one of the world’s largest shopping mall developers, a global pharmaceutical company, and a publicly listed global 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 legal commentator and author. Michael regularly collaborates with prominent news outlets, often providing legal insights into some of the nation’s most provocative white-collar crimes. He has offered analysis to a wide array of media including: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Associated Press, Bloomberg, NBC News, CNN, Fox, BBC, and NPR.

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

While at the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael was awarded the prestigious Pegasus Trust Fellowship in London, England. 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., 1995American University, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1991

Bar & Court Admissions

New YorkNew Jersey, 1995U.S. District Court, District of New JerseyU.S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkU.S. District Court, Eastern District of New YorkU.S. Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitU.S. Court of ClaimsU.S. Court of International TradeU.S. Supreme CourtU.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit



'Pick Your Poison': Giuliani in Hot Seat After Being Passed Over for Trump Pardon

As published in: New York Law Journal January 25, 2021

High Court Won't Review Sheldon Silver's Corruption Case

As published in: Law360 January 25, 2021

New York Cases To Watch In 2021

As published in: Law360 January 3, 2021

Biden's transition contends with probe into son's finances

As published in: AP News December 11, 2020

Goldman Sachs board demands accountability with widespread 1MDB clawbacks

As published in: Compliance Week October 28, 2020

Goldman Promises Greater Scrutiny of Senior Execs Following 1MDB Settlement

As published in: The Wall Street Journal October 22, 2020

4 Questions As Nikola Navigates Gov't Probes, Investor Suits

As published in: Law360 September 22, 2020

Few parents, coaches still fighting charges in college scam

As published in: The Associated Press September 10, 2020

'Varsity Blues' Parents Get An Earful, But No Long Jail Terms

As published in: Law360 August 25, 2020

Analysis: What to make of the DOJ's rare FCPA opinion

As published in: Compliance Week August 18, 2020

Bridgegate Ruling Shows Not All Dirty Politics Is A Crime

As published in: Law360 May 7, 2020

Weinstein's 23 Years May Herald More #MeToo Prosecutions

As published in: Law360 March 12, 2020

TrailBlazers Criminal Law 2020

As published in: The National Law Journal March 1. 2020

Corruption case law in jeopardy as Supreme Court hears 'Bridgegate'

As published in: POLITICO January 14, 2020

takes high as US Supreme Court weighs 'Bridgegate' case

As published in: The Associated Press January 10, 2020

A tale of two trials: how the DOJ prosecuted Forex traders

As published in: Global Competition Review November 25, 2019

Brazilian Firm Braskem's Ex-CEO Arrested on Bribery, Money Laundering Charges

As published in: Corporate Counsel November 21, 2019


Recent Events

Panelist in 'Sixth Annual 2013 DOJ and SEC Hot Topics Conference."
Attorney Speaking: Michael S. WeinsteinMarch 12, 2013

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