Martin J. Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and leads the Compliance & Enforcement Practice Group. For two decades, he has represented corporations, organizations and individuals in a wide variety of sensitive matters ranging from bribery and corruption matters worldwide to Congressional inquiries into campaign contributions as well as conducting investigations on behalf of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. His practice has covered almost every major enforcement, compliance or financial fraud topic in almost every industry, spanning over 60 countries in every region of the world. Martin is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has tried more than 50 cases, and he has argued over a dozen appeals.
In 30 years of experience, Martin has handled numerous sensitive complex investigations and litigation matters, often involving international, financial, and political issues. For example, Martin:
- Defended many of the biggest FCPA cases in history including representations of Lucent, Daimler, Tyco, Barclays, Teva, Alcatel, and Titan
- Represented a number of Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, and Fortune 500 companies in sensitive investigation matters
- Represented the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in the Pete Rose matter
- Tried nearly 40 federal jury trials across the country
- Represents a major multinational oil company in defending charges of human rights abuses
- Developed compliance programs and chosen to review existing programs for many of the Fortune 500
- Represented one of the two major political parties in the 1996 Campaign Finance investigation carried out by various Congressional Committees and Justice Department prosecutors
- Represented the Director of Export Compliance for a major defense contractor
- Represented the former CFO of a major multinational in a landmark SEC enforcement proceeding involving the FCPA
Martin was formerly an assistant United States attorney in the Fraud Section of the Northern District of Georgia, focusing his practice on international, corporate finance, government contract and tax matters. He was the lead prosecutor in the Lockheed case, which involved violations of the FCPA, and resulted in a criminal fine and civil settlement totaling $24.8 million, making it the most expensive international corruption case at that time. His work on this case and other matters earned him The John Marshall Award in 1995 for outstanding legal achievement in trial and litigation. He also represented the United States in negotiations with countries including Syria, Switzerland and the Baltic States. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, he was a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Section, serving as lead prosecutor in districts that requested outside counsel with special skills in investment fraud and white-collar offenses.
In 2013, Martin was elected the chairman of the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which is one of the largest philanthropic foundations of any type in the United States. The Foundation administers about 800 donor funds with assets totaling more than $340 million and grants an average of $65 million annually. He has served as a Board member of the Foundation since 2010. Martin also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Landon School, an all-boys independent school in Bethesda, Maryland.
On July 25, 2003, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed Martin to the Chesapeake Bay Trust Board of Trustees where he served until July 2007 as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Trust oversees academic and environmental grants dispensed in connection with the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2005, he was instrumental in developing the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater DC Community Foundation, which has raised in excess of $1 million and makes grants to organizations such as Higher Achievement Program, DC Scores, Field of Dreams, For Love of Children, and Venture Philanthropic Partners.