DAN RUBINSTEIN is a global co-leader of Sidley’s White Collar: Government Litigation practice, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former assistant U.S. attorney who focuses his practice on complex litigation, white collar criminal matters, and investigations. He has successfully tried 21 jury cases to verdict. A trusted advocate, investigator, and advisor, Dan is counsel of choice for Fortune 500 companies and executives alike in high-stakes litigation, sensitive internal investigations, and complex enforcement actions across the U.S.
Dan is known for his ability to successfully resolve sophisticated civil and criminal matters, including those involving the theft of trade secrets, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and securities regulations enforced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FINRA. When it comes to investigations, clients note his “great judgment around investigations and…credibility with criminal and regulatory authorities across the United States” (Chambers USA 2020).
Dan is a go-to trial lawyer. In more than two decades of practice, he has successfully tried 21 jury cases to verdict in state and federal court. He has also successfully litigated and argued numerous appeals before Federal Appeals Courts, conducted more than 100 bench trials and contested evidentiary hearings in state and federal court, and directed more than 100 investigations.
Dan honed his litigation prowess as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Central District of California and the Northern District of Illinois. He won numerous accolades for his trial work, including the DOJ’s “Director’s Award,” the Chicago Crime Commission’s “Stars of Distinction Award” (twice), and honors from the FBI, DEA, and IRS. In that capacity, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal criminal cases involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), complex corporate and securities fraud, money laundering, public corruption, terrorism financing, international drug trafficking, and gangs. He also served as a clerk for the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
Dan taught trial advocacy to other Assistant U.S. Attorneys from around the country at the DOJ’s National Advocacy Center, and he instructed prosecutors, federal agents, and police officers at various classes and seminars involving the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal offenses. Dan previously served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught “Federal Criminal Practice” from 2007−2014. Dan was on the varsity wrestling team as an undergrad at Brown University.