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Litigating Federal Criminal Cases

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Produced on September 08, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Constitutional Public Interest

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the major aspects of the pre-trial, trial/plea and sentencing phases of a federal criminal prosecution. It includes a discussion of uniquely federal aspects of these topics, such as the federal rules and practices relating to pre-trial discovery, plea negotiations, jury selection, various types of evidence, and sentencing. 

The course is presented by Alan Vinegrad, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and a former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Vinegrad has handled numerous federal criminal proceedings from both the prosecution and defense side and has written and spoken extensively on federal criminal practice issues across the country.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major components of federal criminal pre-trial practice, including bail, discovery, motions, plea negotiations and speedy trial
  2. Analyze the primary aspects of a federal criminal trial, including jury selection, attorney arguments, accomplice testimony, eyewitness testimony, hearsay, mid-and-post trial motions, requests to charge, and jury deliberations
  3. Navigate the sentencing phase, including the pre-sentence investigation, preparation of sentencing materials, the sentencing proceeding, and bail pending appeal/surrender

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Alan Vinegrad

Covington & Burling LLP

Alan Vinegrad is a partner in the firm's New York office and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Trial Practice Groups. His practice focuses on representing individuals, corporations and corporate board committees in a wide variety of criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, as well as in complex civil litigation. He has represented numerous clients in connection with investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice, various U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Vinegrad joined the firm after serving as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He previously served as the office's Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of Civil Rights Litigation and Chief of General Crimes. In addition to his executive and supervisory responsibilities, Mr. Vinegrad investigated and prosecuted numerous criminal cases, personally tried over a dozen cases, and argued over 20 cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Representative Matters

  • Adelphia Communications Corporation in defense of the federal criminal investigation, SEC enforcement action and threatened forfeiture actions arising out of wrongdoing by members of the Rigas family.
  • A senior executive of a large reinsurance company in defense of a federal criminal prosecution, SEC enforcement action and civil action arising out of alleged $500 million accounting fraud by American International Group, Inc.
  • Several publicly-held corporations and senior executives in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC.
  • A senior executive of a large publicly-held energy company in defense of a criminal prosecution by the Government of Ecuador and related civil proceedings.
  • Several major investment banking firms in connection with various criminal, SEC, state and New York Stock Exchange investigations into suspected insider trading, accounting fraud, and other federal violations.


  • Selected by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in the areas of white collar crime and government investigations (2007-2015).
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense (2010-2016).
  • New York Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar and Business Litigation (2006-2013)
  • Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence (2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation - White Collar Criminal Defense (2012-2013)
  • Selected by Law360 as White Collar MVP (2011).
  • Selected as a "Top Gun" by Ethisphere Magazine (2009).
  • The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers (2008)
  • 2005 Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy from the New York City Office of the Appellate Defender.
  • United States Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 1997 for the prosecution of the men responsible for the death of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Henry L. Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in 1993 for being the outstanding prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office.


Gary P.

FANTASTIC presentation !!!!!!!1 Great coordination with materials.

Jerry L G.

Very helpful - thank you...

Robert R.

excellent program

Richard G.


Bert L.

Very detailed lecture...

Craig B.

Excellent course!

Henry David G.

A good presentation of a difficult subject in the time given.

David D.


Jennifer R.

Very thorough overview!!

Anthony R.


Nadine P.

Excellent, very informative!

Jennifer B.

Very well organized and easy to follow.

Pat C.

Nice overview & refresher.

Gregory N.

EXCELLENT.. A must see for anyone who wishes to do Fed crim cases

Carrie O.

as always, outstanding

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daniel h.

Excellent Federal Criminal Law Primer! Great Program.

Elana R.

Very informative!

Wayne B.

Good for entry level defense attorney in federal criminal practice.

Maureen N.

This was an exceptionally well organized and cohesive course. Outstanding instructor.

Robbin C.

Terrific and knowledgeable presentation.2

Julie A. B.

An informative, engaging, and quick-paced program delivered by a talented and knowledgeable speaker.

Michael P.

A fine, thorough presentation

Charles C.

after 15 years of state practice I have be looking into fed practice, this was a great first step

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