Press Release

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Steinberg Joins Ballard Spahr's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group

September 20, 2021

Jill Steinberg–a litigator who spent more than a decade handling high-profile white collar and violent crime matters for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and served in its senior leadership–has joined the White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group of Ballard Spahr’s Litigation Department as a Partner, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Ms. Steinberg will be resident in the firm’s Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices. Her experience includes over 15 years as a prosecutor in state and federal courts. She has investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal violations, including complex fraud and corruption cases, which have led to the indictment of high-level public officials and city contractors. She also has extensive experience handling matters involving sexual abuse, child exploitation, and human trafficking.

Ms. Steinberg served as Deputy Criminal Chief in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, helping manage its Criminal Division. Further, Ms. Steinberg served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C. In that position, she advised senior leadership on policy matters and oversaw the Department’s enforcement programs relating to criminal sexual exploitation and human trafficking. During her tenure, she oversaw the work of Department components, testified before Congressional committees, and coordinated and published the DOJ’s national strategy on child exploitation. She recently served as lead counsel for the government in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) litigation stemming from the Jeffrey Epstein criminal investigation, arguing successfully before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc.

Ms. Steinberg started her legal career at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, she worked as a civil litigator handling complex civil cases, in particular securities litigation and arbitration matters, before joining the DOJ.

Ms. Steinberg’s arrival closely follows that of Michael Robotti, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who joined the firm in September. Together, they bolster the strength, range, and diversity of Ballard Spahr’s national White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group, which was ranked Tier 1 nationally in the 2021 Best Law Firms report.

“Jill’s enviable legal skills and strong character, combined with an approachability that stood out to us at Ballard, will make her a perfect fit among colleagues and clients,” Mr. Stewart said. “She will be part of a team of immensely talented litigators who are engaged in high-profile work from coast to coast and who have never been busier.”

For media inquiries, please contact Will Ashenmacher at 612.371.5792.

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