Tali R. Leinwand is a senior associate in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice. She focuses on managing complex government-facing and internal investigations on behalf of corporate entities, boards of directors, and individuals across a variety of industries.
Ms. Leinwand has extensive experience conducting cross-office, multidisciplinary investigations, risk assessments, and compliance reviews. She works closely with clients to navigate and resolve multi-faceted legal challenges in connection with investigations brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), US Attorney’s Offices, the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state enforcement agencies. These high-stakes matters typically involve intense public scrutiny and implicate a variety of subject areas, including financial crime and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, national security, wire fraud, sanctions evasion, money laundering, electronic surveillance, and cybersecurity. Ms. Leinwand also helps clients design and implement effective compliance and remediation programs to align with DOJ guidance and an organization’s culture and values.
Ms. Leinwand’s pro bono practice focuses on First Amendment- and content-related litigation. Drawing on her experience as a lawyer for The New York Times, Ms. Leinwand leads and advises teams bringing suit under the Freedom of Information Act, as well as on matters involving the unsealing of records, prepublication review, and public forum challenges to government official conduct. Ms. Leinwand has also represented clients in federal criminal proceedings, including by obtaining a below-Guidelines sentence for a criminal defendant in the Southern District of New York.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Leinwand clerked for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and interned for the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, then of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Previously, Ms. Leinwand was the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times, where she litigated public records, access, reporter’s privilege, and copyright cases on behalf of The New York Times in federal and state court, counseled reporters and editors on newsgathering and defamation issues, and provided prepublication review.
Ms. Leinwand received her JD in 2015 from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar, online executive editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the recipient of the Shearman & Sterling Student Writing Prize in Comparative and International Law. Ms. Leinwand received a BA, magna cum laude, with distinction in history, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Ms. Leinwand worked as a journalist before beginning her legal career.