Wainstein Brings National Security Leadership to Cadwalader
By | March 26, 2022 6:06 pm

Kenneth Wainstein says he took a pitch from old friend Michael Horowitz at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and decided to join the firm’s Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Department.

The former Assistant Attorney General for National Security and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where his clients have included Joseph Bottini, who he continues to represent in the fallout of the Ted Stevens investigation, and former Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas.

When he starts next Monday, Wainstein said he will continue his focus on a variety of government issues including export and sanctions compliance, an area that continues to expand as the Justice Department maintains its focus on the prosecution of export crimes.

“That’s an area that I’ve gravitated to because it draws on my background, and that’s something that interests to me,” said Wainstein, who was appointed Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush. “They’re working in that area already.”

Wainstein said the related field of cyber security will become increasingly important as Congress considers legislation that define standards for companies to protect data systems. This will raise questions, he said, about balancing privacy and the need to share information with the federal government.

Along with this, Wainstein told Main Justice that he’s excited about the firm’s deep footprint in New York and its relationships with Wall Street financial firms.

In Washington, he said he’s looking forward to contributing his leadership to the white collar practice as Horowitz awaits Senate confirmation as Justice Department Inspector General.

“It’s really moving full speed,” he said about the practice. “I like the idea of being part of a team that you can help to grow.”

Wainstein, who worked as a line prosecutor and was general counsel of the FBI, also advises clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and tax and mortgage issues.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, Wainstein earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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