B.A., 1981, Colgate University;
J.D., 1985, Syracuse University
Paul Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department, with a practice focused on white collar criminal defense and investigations, and complex civil matters. A highly experienced former federal prosecutor, Paul represents individual and corporate clients in investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions by United States Attorneys’ offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other federal, state and local agencies and regulatory authorities. A substantial portion of Paul’s practice also includes the representation of financial institutions, public and private corporations, partnerships and individuals in civil actions in the federal and state courts, involving significant and complex commercial and securities claims.
Paul joined Emmet after a distinguished career in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. He served in that Office most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, with responsibility for the operation of the over 100-Attorney Division, including supervision of the Business and Securities Fraud, Money Laundering, Public Integrity and Organized Crime Sections of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division since 1993, Paul was the lead prosecutor in numerous high-profile prosecutions and investigations, including United States v. Zvi Rosenthal, et al., an insider trading case in which a corporate executive, lawyer and two accountants were convicted of engaging in a fraudulent options trading scheme, United States v. Vincent Gigante, et al., a series of cases against members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family resulting in the conviction of over 70 defendants, including the Genovese family boss, Vincent "Chin" Gigante, United States v. Albert Cernadas, in which the Executive Vice President of the International Longshoreman's Association was convicted of fraud in the bidding for and procurement of pharmaceutical benefit contracts, and other high profile tax fraud, money laundering and securities investigations and prosecutions.
Prior to joining the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Paul served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, bringing civil racketeering and fraud cases, including a 100-defendant civil RICO case against a union, a business association, and garbage carters operating an organized crime cartel on Long Island.
During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Paul received the prestigious Director's Award for Distinguished Service from the Justice Department twice, and in 2004 was named Federal Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Paul graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University. For two years prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Paul clerked for the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the Hon. Sol Wachtler.
Paul currently also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, teaching the law school’s course on white collar crime to a class of approximately 45 students, covering the policy justifications for and substantive law involved in the investigation and prosecution of white collar crime and civil enforcement actions.