Member Profile

Kristen Winemiller

Pacific Northwest Law LLP 1255 NW 9th Avenue, No.11 Portland, Oregon 97209 US


Phone: 503-222-3120

Practice Areas

Computer Forensics

Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act

Government Investigations

Internal Investigations

Corporate Crime


Carleton College, B.A. 1982, Political Science Science, Technology & Public Policy Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, J.D. 1986

Kristen Winemiller

Professional Profile

I represent entities and individuals under criminal investigation or facing serious charges. My practice is focused on white collar defense, complex federal litigation, regulatory compliance and professional licensing. In addition to conducting internal investigations and shaping responses to government investigations, I appear regularly in both federal and state courts. I spent the early part of my career handling murder cases, won an acquittal in a death penalty case, then represented a number of clients charged with conspiracies against the government or political terrorism. More recently, I have represented a number of high profile political figures. I am reasonably adept at dissuading prosecutors from bringing charges. Digital forensics and litigating electronic privacy issues are a significant part of my practice, also.

Representative Matters

• Represented the head of cybercrime task force charged with computer crime • Represented political figures under investigation for sexual improprieties • Represented numerous college students charged with Title IX violations • Represented manager of a 1031 exchange investigated for fraud, subsequently convincing professional board to maintain his license • Represented the head of a currency trading firm with offices in the Caribbean and Dubai who was prosecuted federally, with simultaneous civil suit brought by CFTC-appointed Receiver • Represented an officer of an international investment firm prosecuted federally for fraud ($168 million), while defending a simultaneous Nevada prosecution and bankruptcy fraud investigation • Represented the head of a warehouse bank in a tax conspiracy trial prosecuted by Main Justice • Represented an unlicensed investment advisor prosecuted by Main Justice in two federal districts for large scale fraud carried out in Switzerland, London and the Cayman Islands against very wealthy individual • Represented a commercial real estate broker prosecuted for forgery, with simultaneous bankruptcy litigation of fraud claims in another federal district • Represented officer of a telecom company in an SEC civil enforcement suit • Represented a broker investigated by the CFTC for unprofessional conduct • Represented engineering firm under investigation by OIG for false claims based on allegations raised by a whistleblower • Represented construction firm under federal investigation for payroll tax violations related to labor contracting practices • Represented business owner prosecuted by Main Justice for labor trafficking and tax evasion, with simultaneous civil forfeiture claims • Represented an officer of a defense contractor charged with providing substandard components for aeronautic use • Pool counsel for employees of a defense contractor investigated for falsifying lab results • Pool counsel for employees of a major health care organization under investigation for fraudulent billing practices • Represented officer of health care institution investigated for Medicare fraud • Represented owners of vacation rental business investigated for fraud • Represented business owner charged with racketeering under state statute, with simultaneous civil forfeiture suit • Represented son of company owner charged with RCRA violations • Represented company owner charged with Clean Water Act violations • Represented CEO of paper mill investigated for Clean Water Act violations • Represented employee of silicon wafer plant investigated for Clean Water Act violations • Represented longshoreman investigated for Clean Water Act violations • Represented First Mate investigated for manslaughter following collision at sea while he was at the helm • Federal forfeiture verdict that resulted in award of attorney fees • Represented engineer investigated for procuring oscillator from US company and providing it to restricted person national of a state designated as supporting acts of international terrorism • Represented whistleblowers in an SEC enforcement action

Other Distinctions

Co-Chair, Oregon, Women's White Collar Defense Association 2017 - present Oregon Legislature ECPA Workgroup 2017 - present Oregon Board Member, Federal Bar Association 2012-present Oregon Federal Bar Association Awards Committee Chair 2016 - present Executive Committee Member, Oregon State Bar Indian Law 2013 - present Strike Force Liaison, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 2018 MemberVice Chair, Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee 2003 - 2007 MemberVice Chair, Oregon Bar, Press & Broadcaster Council 2002 - 2006 Chair, Oregon State Bar Indigent Defense Task Force III 1999 - 2001 National Board of Governors, Human Rights Campaign 1996 - 2000 Member, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Education Committee 1995 - 1999 Inaugural Member, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates 1996 - 1998 Member, Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Committee 1996 - 1998 Member, Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee 1994 - 1997 Life Member, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


Prior Experience