Martin J. Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department, Chair of Willkie’s global Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Martin’s practice focuses on investigations, compliance and enforcement actions covering virtually every type of financial fraud in almost every industry, spanning more than 60 countries. With more than 30 years of experience, Martin is regularly named among the top legal strategists in government enforcement and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), having been called as an expert witness on a number of occasions. He is described as “one of the deans of the FCPA regulatory Bar” by Chambers USA (2021) and has defended many of the biggest FCPA cases in history, representing major global corporations including Lucent, Daimler, Tyco, Teva, Alcatel, and Titan.
Recommended in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global every year since 2007, clients say Martin is “very responsive, enormously practical, and has a lot of credibility with the regulators.” They praise him for being “a tenacious advocate” and “very effective,” noting he is “fabulous at strategizing and is very personable and very client-oriented.” He is also described as “an incredibly passionate defender of the company and provides outstanding attention to the client, the needs of the case, and the dynamic of the client's company.”
Martin represents corporations, organizations, and executives in a wide variety of sensitive compliance and white-collar matters, ranging from issues relating to bribery and corruption, insider trading, fraud, whistleblowing, healthcare fraud linked to the Anti-Kickback Statute and money laundering. He regularly designs and benchmarks corporate compliance programs, conducts internal investigations worldwide, and counsels on a variety of foreign business practices involving export controls and related matters.
Martin has led many complex high-stakes investigations and multi-jurisdictional enforcement defenses; he has tried more than 50 cases and argued more than a dozen appeals. He has also been involved in a broad range of Congressional inquiries including investigations into campaign finance, international banking practices and complex global trade disputes. His experience is broad having covered everything from negotiating sensitive matters with foreign leaders to representing the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in the Pete Rose investigation.
Martin is frequently commended for his legal counsel and was recently recognized as a Finalist in Compliance Week’s Excellence in Compliance Awards 2020. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” and 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. He is also the creator of the Willkie Compliance Concourse, a first-of-its-kind web-based application for multinational companies, attorneys, and compliance professionals to stay abreast of the latest legal and enforcement trends.
Martin joined Willkie in 2003. Martin previously served as 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 the largest fine for a corruption prosecution of that time. His work on that case and other matters earned him The John Marshall Award 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, Martin 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, ranging from service in higher education and philanthropic foundations to underserved youth and environmental causes. In January 2021, he was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, where he had served on the trustee council since 2015. He also currently serves on Dartmouth College’s Presidential Leadership Council and co-chairs the College’s regional campaign committee for The Call to Lead, a bold initiative to address some of today’s greatest issues in higher education.
From 2013 to 2016, Martin served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States with assets totalling more than $340 million and grants averaging $65 million annually. Martin also served on the Board of Trustees of the Landon School, an all-boys independent school in Bethesda, Maryland from 2013 to 2019.
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.
Additionally, Martin was instrumental in founding the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater DC Community Foundation, which has raised approximately $2.3 million in grants to about two dozen organizations providing educational enrichment and other related services for youth in the Washington, D.C. area.