Martin J. Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department, Chair of the Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. For more than two decades, he has represented corporations, organizations and individuals in a wide variety of sensitive matters ranging from bribery, fraud, whistleblower 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) and has been an expert witness on a number of occasions. He has tried more than 50 cases, and he has argued over a dozen appeals.
Chambers USA and Chambers Global ranked Martin every year since 2007, stating he is “a tenacious advocate,” “very effective” and “fabulous at strategizing and is very personable and very client-oriented…. He has industrywide FCPA expertise and regularly represents leading corporations under investigation by government agencies.” He has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” and as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” by Ethisphere Magazine seven years in a row. Martin is co-author of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement, a comprehensive practitioner’s book covering all aspects of the FCPA and the creator of the Willkie Compliance Concourse app.
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 that 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 of the Tax Division, serving as lead prosecutor in districts that requested outside counsel with special skills in investment fraud and white-collar offenses.
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Martin is very active in community affairs. From 2013-2016, he was 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 had served as a Board member of the Foundation since 2010. Martin served on the Board of Trustees of the Landon School, an all-boys independent school in Bethesda, Maryland from 2013-2019. Martin currently serves on Dartmouth College’s Presidential Leadership Council; he and his wife Lori co-chair the College’s regional campaign committee for The Call to Lead. Martin and Lori have also served as trustees of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation since 2015.
In 2005, he was instrumental in founding the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater DC Community Foundation, which has raised in excess of $2.2 million and makes grants to organizations such as Higher Achievement Program, DC Scores, Field of Dreams, For Love of Children and Venture Philanthropic Partners.
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.