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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Litigation

3 ranked lawyersBand 2District of ColumbiaUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Formidable white-collar criminal defense practice with a reputation for cutting-edge trial counsel. Highly adept at representing individual clients in high-profile cases concerning allegations of financial crime and public corruption. Also well equipped to advise during investigations by the SEC and DOJ, with particular strength in FCPA matters. Can draw on the firm's additional capabilities in securities enforcement and regulation. Advises clients across a broad array of sectors, including companies and executives in the pharmaceutical, technology and automotive industries.

Strengths

One client comments: "They go above and beyond for their clients, they are not afraid to take on difficult issues and they truly care about their role."

Another commentator describes the team as "exceptional trial and strategic defense lawyers."

Work highlights

Successfully represented businessman Ali Sadr in a high-profile criminal trial alleging sanctions violations.

Notable practitioners

Brian Heberlig continues to command respect for his representation of public officials and corporate executives in high-profile criminal trials.
"He doesn't give up, no matter how much the odds are stacked up against him and his client." "He is skilled in every aspect of this practice, and is a tremendous trial and investigations lawyer."

Jason Weinstein draws praise for his work for corporate and individual clients under criminal investigation, offering particular expertise in matters relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain.
"He is strategic and can argue cases with the best of them, but also knows how to read his audience and speak persuasively." "He is a brilliant lawyer and an out-of-the-box thinker."

Reid Weingarten maintains his longstanding reputation as one of the most sought-after lawyers around for the defense of high-stakes and high-profile criminal trials.
"He dominates the courtroom and becomes the focal point, no matter what the issue is." "He is legendary; a gun-slinger who never shrinks from taking on overly-aggressive prosecutors."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

District of Columbia

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Brian M Heberlig
Band 2
Jason Weinstein
Band 4
Reid Weingarten
Star Individuals