former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
former Assistant Attorney General for National Security
Partner, Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Kenneth L. Wainstein is a partner in the white collar practice at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and focuses on corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.
From 1989 to 2001, Ken served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney handling criminal prosecution, in both the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia.
In 2001, Ken was appointed Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where he provided oversight and support to the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
From 2002-04, Ken served as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then as Chief of Staff to Director Robert S. Mueller.
In 2004, he was appointed, and later confirmed as, the United States Attorney in Washington, DC.
In 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ken as the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security, where he established and led the new National Security Division, which consolidated the Justice Department’s law enforcement and intelligence activities on counterterrorism and counterintelligence matters.
In 2008, after 19 years at the Justice Department, Ken was named Homeland Security Advisor by President George W. Bush. In this capacity, he advised the President, convened and chaired meetings of the Homeland Security Council, and oversaw the inter-agency coordination process for homeland security and counterterrorism programs.