Robert Weiner is a partner in the firm's Business Litigation practice group. He rejoined Arnold & Porter LLP in 2012, having served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice since 2010. At DOJ, he oversaw the defense of the new healthcare law from the outset of litigation through the arguments at the Supreme Court, handled sensitive negotiations involving bank secrecy, and dealt with difficult issues as they arose in areas ranging from antitrust and financial reform to national security and Congressional investigations.
Mr. Weiner has substantial experience as a trial lawyer and appellate advocate in criminal and civil cases. His experience includes serving as national coordinating and trial counsel in product liability and toxic tort cases; representing clients in media-intensive Congressional investigations and regulatory inquiries, as well as confidential, criminal, and disciplinary investigations; and representing the State of Israel in litigation involving national security policies.
From 1997-98, Mr. Weiner served as Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel's Office where he dealt with the legal aspects of major legislative and public policy issues confronting the nation including global warming, civil rights, financial reform, and privacy. Mr. Weiner has also taught Mass Torts at the University of Virginia School of Law and Complex Criminal Litigation at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1987, Mr. Weiner served as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Wedtech prosecution. Mr. Weiner clerked for Judge Henry Friendly of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers 2010
Recognized as a “Champion” in National Law Journal’s list of “Champions, Visionaries & Pioneers” 2009
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2009 for Civil Litigation Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts, and Appellate
Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers in Washington, DC" 2004
Lawdragon 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” 2008, 2007
Lawdragon 500 "Leading Litigators in America" 2006
The Legal Media Group's Expert Guide's: Guide to the Leading United States Litigation Lawyers 2005
Whitman Walker AIDS Clinic Public Service Award
National Legal Aid and Defender Association Public Service Award
Archdiocesan Legal Network Public Service Award
Gaylaw, Ally of Justice Award
Who's Who in American Law
National Association of Pro Bono Professionals' William Reece Smith, Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award
Legal Aid Society Servant of Justice Award
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Public Service Award
American Heart Association (DC), Distinguished Service Award
The Legal 500 US 2008 for Litigation: White-collar Criminal Defense
Board of Governors of the America Bar Association
Member, American Law Institute
Member, Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association (2005-2008)
President (1995-96), General Counsel (1994-95), District of Columbia Bar
President, District of Columbia Bar Foundation (2005-2008)
Chair, Pro Bono Committee, District of Columbia Bar (2000-2002)
Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC): Board of Directors and Member, Case Selection Committee, identifying the cases in which PLAC files amicus briefs.
Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, American Bar Association (2000-2002)
Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit (1996-1997)
US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures