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Benjamin Gruenstein

Benjamin Gruenstein

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

New York, NY, USA


Benjamin Gruenstein is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  His practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and multinational companies and their senior executives in government investigations, including those conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as internal corporate investigations.  Mr. Gruenstein represents clients in their U.S. and cross-border government and internal investigations related to such matters as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, criminal antitrust, accounting fraud and trade sanctions, and accompanying civil litigation.  Mr. Gruenstein also conducts independent investigations on behalf of boards of directors in response to shareholder demands.

Mr. Gruenstein was recognized for his white collar criminal defense work by Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America in 2016 and 2017.  He has also been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 United States for white collar criminal defense work, securities litigation and related regulatory enforcement matters, and for his experience in the media and entertainment industry.  From 2013 through 2017, Mr. Gruenstein was selected by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America.”  From 2015 through 2017, he and his colleagues earned the Firm recognition in the Corporate Crime & Investigations category of Chambers USA.  In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Gruenstein was named one of Ethisphere Institute’s “Attorneys Who Matter” and in 2013, he was recognized as one of five Law360 “Rising Stars” in the nation in the White Collar category.

Mr. Gruenstein authored a chapter on corporate compliance programs in the 2016 edition of Corporate Governance: Law & Practice.  He is a member of the International Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining Cravath, Mr. Gruenstein served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2008.  Mr. Gruenstein returned to Cravath in 2008, and became a partner in 2012.

Mr. Gruenstein received an A.B. summa cum laude in Philosophy and Mathematics from Harvard College in 1996, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1999, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.  After graduating from law school, Mr. Gruenstein clerked for the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for the Honorable David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Benjamin Gruenstein is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services - Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance & Ethics Forum 2016, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services - Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Transcripts  Transcripts Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services - Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services - Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Role When Something Goes Wrong in Financial Services, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance & Ethics Forum 2016, Thursday, November 17, 2016, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Attorney-Client Privilege in Investigations: Evolving Standards - Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance Forum 2017, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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