Paul T. Weinstein
Paul Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department with a practice focused on white collar criminal defense and investigations, and complex civil matters. A highly experienced former federal prosecutor and business litigator, Mr. Weinstein represents individual and corporate clients in investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions by United States Attorneys' offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other federal, state and local agencies and regulatory authorities, and in investigations by the United States Congress. A substantial portion of his practice also includes the representation of financial institutions, public and private corporations, partnerships and individuals in civil actions in the federal and state courts, involving complex commercial, securities, and real property claims.
Mr. Weinstein joined Emmet after a distinguished career in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, during which time he served in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of that Office. Most recently, from 2005 through 2007, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, with the responsibility for the operation of the over 100-Attorney Division, including supervision of the Business and Securities Fraud, Money Laundering, Public Integrity and Organized Crime Sections of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division since 1993, Mr. Weinstein was the lead prosecutor in numerous high-profile prosecutions and investigations, including United States v Zvi Rosenthal, et al., an insider trading case in which a corporate executive, lawyer and two accountants were convicted of engaging in a fraudulent options trading scheme; United States v. Vincent Gigante, et al., a series of cases against members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family resulting in the conviction of over 70 defendants, including the Genovese family boss, Vincent "Chin" Gigante; United States v. Albert Cernadas, in which the Executive Vice President of the International Longshoremen's Association was convicted of fraud in the bidding for and procurement of pharmaceutical benefit contracts, and other high profile tax fraud, money laundering and securities investigations and prosecutions. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, bringing civil racketeering and fraud cases, including a 100-defendant civil RICO case against a union, a business association, and garbage carters operating an organized crime cartel on Long Island.
During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Weinstein received the prestigious Director's Award for Distinguished Service from the Justice Department twice, and in 2004 was named Federal Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Mr. Weinstein graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University. For two years prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, he clerked for the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the Hon. Sol Wachtler.
He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School for a number of years, teaching courses on white collar crime and legal writing and advocacy.