Cadwalader Adds Top Washington Attorney to White Collar Defense and Investigations and Complex Litigation Group

Mar 26, 2012

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Kenneth L. Wainstein, a high profile government and litigation attorney has joined the Washington Office as Partner in the firm’s Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Department.

Kenneth L. Wainstein, joins Cadwalader from O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he was a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. Prior to joining O’Melveny, Mr. Wainstein held a series of senior positions in the government. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, the chief law enforcement officer in the District. He was then confirmed again as the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department. Mr. Wainstein thereafter served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (the Homeland Security Adviser), reporting directly to the President of the United States. In those roles, he worked closely with the leadership of all the national security and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Wainstein also previously served as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller. Mr. Wainstein spent the first twelve years of his career in the Justice Department as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the Southern District of New York and then in the District of Columbia.

"Ken Wainstein will be an integral part of our growing Business Fraud Group," said W. Christopher White, Cadwalader Chairman. "His high profile service to our country makes him a distinguished addition to our team and allows us to provide clients with unique insight and counsel. We welcome Ken to the Firm." he said.

“I have been friends with members of Cadwalader’s Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group for many years, and I have long admired that group for the caliber of its lawyering, the depth of its talent in a variety of practice areas and its world-class reputation,” remarked Wainstein. “Cadwalader’s team has developed into one of the strongest in the legal community, and I’m honored to be a part of that team” he said.

Wainstein received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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