Weddle Law formulates innovative solutions for clients facing criminal, civil, or regulatory scrutiny. We focus on developing a proactive strategy that leads, not follows, to the optimal resolution. We do this by listening, collaborating, analyzing, and taking nothing for granted. As a result, Justin Weddle is a regular participant in the highest-profile investigations, trials, and appeals, such as:
Justin Weddle is a skilled trial lawyer, litigation strategist, counselor, and appellate advocate. When the stakes are high, clients rely on his tenacity and incisive analysis for tailor-made strategies and solutions in both domestic and cross-border criminal, civil, and regulatory matters.
Justin prosecuted white collar crime for more than 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, building and trying complex fraud cases. He served in the Computer, Hacking, and Intellectual Property section, the Major Crimes Unit, the Complex Frauds Unit, and the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Justin’s government service culminated in his appointment as Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, supervising briefing and arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for three years. He has personally conducted twelve arguments before the Second Circuit.
From 2008 to 2010, Justin served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Resident Legal Adviser in Bucharest, Romania, focusing on cross-border law enforcement cooperation and information sharing in Southeast Europe. He was the lead U.S. representative at multilateral treaty negotiations to create the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center, an international police and customs cooperation center, and worked closely with EU representatives and European prosecutors.
Julia Catania represents individuals and companies involving allegations of securities and financial fraud, bribery and corruption, embezzlement, and money laundering arising in criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in civil litigation. She also has experience in cross- border matters, including international extradition defense in Latin America and Europe.
Ms. Catania conducted a one-week trial in the Southern District of New York as co-counsel for plaintiff in a lawsuit relating to violations of Fourth Amendment rights in which she took the direct and cross examination of witnesses and argued motions. She has also drafted two United States Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs relating to the statute of limitations for SEC disgorgement and the availability of relief from convictions under the writ of error coram nobis.
Weddle Law is ready to help individuals and businesses navigate the stresses and disruption of a criminal or regulatory investigation. Regardless of how an investigation comes to light—whether from a law enforcement contact or subpoena, a whistle blower complaint, an unexpected bank account closure, or a corporate internal investigation—we work hard to convert a reactive situation into a proactive strategy. Our experience and skill in conducting and defending investigations, as well as in courtroom advocacy, serve as a foundation for developing creative solutions to enforcement problems. We seek out available facts, conduct our own analysis, and develop a strategy calculated to reach the optimal outcome. We have successfully navigated diverse criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations toward closure with no action being taken against our clients.
At Weddle Law, we recognize that internal investigations are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end. We build teams with the necessary expertise for the issues presented and ensure that in conducting our work, the substance drives the process, not the other way around. Drawing on skills honed in conducting more than a hundred investigations involving voluminous documents and scores of potential interviewees, we focus in the key issues and execute our investigative plan to get to the facts quickly and efficiently. We couple those facts with analysis and craft a tailor-made strategy appropriate to the circumstances.
Justin Weddle has extensive appellate experience, and is regularly called upon to participate in some of the highest profile issues affecting the white collar defense bar. He has personally conducted twelve arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and has helped craft more than eighty appellate briefs in diverse appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits. He is a regular participant in appellate challenges to the SEC’s Administrative Tribunals and the SEC’s disgorgement practices.
When the best strategy is to fight, we fight. There is no substitute for the proven ability and willingness to go to court and present the evidence. Justin Weddle has experience taking the most complex cases to trial—distilling simple, compelling narratives from sophisticated theories and financial transactions. Justin also leverages his extensive appellate experience to ensure that issues are presented and preserved during the trial. Justin has conducted twelve trials, including, most recently, the 2019 four-week jury trial in the Southern District of New York in United States v. Middendorf.