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Kristen Winemiller

Partner,
Pacific Northwest Law LLP

My Contact Information

Pacific Northwest Law LLP
Portland, OR
Direct: (503) 222-3120

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Chapter

Oregon/Idaho

Bio

I represent entities and individuals under investigation or facing serious charges. My practice is focused on white collar defense, complex federal litigation, regulatory compliance and professional licensing. In addition to conducting internal investigations and shaping responses to government investigations, I appear regularly in both federal and state courts. I spent the early part of my career handling murder cases, won an acquittal in a death penalty case, then represented a number of clients charged with conspiracies against the government or political terrorism. More recently, in addition to trouble-shooting for corporations,I have represented a number of high profile professionals and political figures. Digital forensics and litigating electronic privacy issues are a significant part of my practice.

Representative Matters

• Represented the head of cybercrime task force charged with computer crime
• Represented political figures under investigation for sexual improprieties
• Represented numerous college students charged with Title IX violations
• Represented manager of a 1031 exchange investigated for fraud, subsequently convincing professional board to maintain his license
• Represented numerous medical professionals in licensing investigations
• Represented the head of a currency trading firm with offices in the Caribbean and Dubai who was prosecuted federally, with simultaneous civil suit brought by CFTC Receiver
• Represented an officer of an international investment firm prosecuted federally for fraud ($168 million), while defending simultaneous Nevada prosecution and bankruptcy fraud investigation
• Represented the head of a warehouse bank in a tax conspiracy trial prosecuted by Main Justice
• Represented an unlicensed investment advisor prosecuted by Main Justice in two federal districts for large scale fraud carried out in Switzerland, London and the Cayman Islands against very wealthy individual
• Represented a commercial real estate broker prosecuted for forgery, with simultaneous bankruptcy litigation of fraud claims in another federal district
• Represented officer of a telecom company in an SEC civil enforcement suit
• Represented a broker investigated by the CFTC for unprofessional conduct
• Represented engineering firm cleared by OIG of false claims allegations raised by a whistleblower
• Represented construction firm investigated federally for payroll tax violations related to labor contracting practices
• Represented business owner prosecuted by Main Justice for labor trafficking and tax evasion, with simultaneous civil forfeiture claims
• Represented an officer of a defense contractor charged with providing substandard components for aeronautic use
• Pool counsel for employees of a multinational investigated for falsifying lab results of rocket components 
• Pool counsel for employees of a major health care organization under investigation for fraudulent billing practices
• Represented officer of health care institution investigated for Medicare fraud
• Represented owners of vacation rental business investigated for fraud
• Represented business owner charged with racketeering under state statute, with simultaneous civil forfeiture action 
• Represented son of company owner charged with RCRA violations
• Represented winery manager charged with wildlife offense on winery property
• Represented manufacturing company owner charged with Clean Water Act violations
• Represented CEO of paper mill investigated for Clean Water Act violations
• Represented employee of silicon wafer plant investigated for Clean Water Act violations
• Represented longshoreman investigated for Clean Water Act violations
• Represented First Mate investigated for manslaughter following collision at sea while he was at the helm
• Represented individual from whom funds had been seized for federal forfeiture, obtaining verdict that resulted in the return of the funds and an award of attorney fees
• Represented engineer investigated for procuring oscillator from US company and providing it to restricted person national of a state designated as supporting acts of international terrorism
• Represented numerous individuals and businesses investigated for potential violations of providing material support to prohibited terrorist organizations
• Represented individual investigated by Nuclear Regulatory Commission

• Represented whistleblowers in an SEC enforcement action

Other Distinctions

• Co-Chair, Oregon-Idaho WWCDA Chapter 2017 - present
• WWCDA Executive Committee, West Coast Co-Chair, 2019 - present
• Co-Chair, WWCDA Chapter Activities Committee 2019 - present

• Oregon Legislature ECPA Workgroup 2017 - present
• Board Member, Oregon Federal Bar Association 2012 - present
• Chair, Oregon Federal Bar Association Awards Committee 2016 - present
• Co-Chair, Oregon FBA Haggerty Scholars Committee 2019 - present
• Executive Committee, Oregon State Bar Indian Law 2013 - present
• Strike Force Liaison, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
     2018 - present
• Vice Chair, Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee    
     2003 - 2007
• Vice Chair, Oregon Bar, Press & Broadcaster Council 2002 - 2006
• Chair, Oregon State Bar Indigent Defense Task Force III 1999 - 2001
• National Board of Governors, Human Rights Campaign 1996 - 2000
• Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Education Committee
     1995 - 1999
• Inaugural Member, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates 1996 - 1998
• Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Committee 1996 - 1998
• Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee 1994 - 1997
• Life Member, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
• Minnesota DFL State Delegate and Rules Committee Member
Spanish language competency

Practice Areas

  • Compliance Counseling
  • Computer Forensics
  • Corporate Crime
  • Crisis Management
  • Environmental
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Title IX
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime