Jeffrey L. Bornstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
 | 101 Mission Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-433-6830
Fax: 415-433-7104
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Health Care (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jeffrey L. Bornstein is a partner at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP in San Francisco, California. Mr. Bornstein serves clients nationwide, focusing his practice on white collar crimes including criminal antitrust cases, internal investigations, representing indiviuals seeking justice in civil rights cases, defending companies and individuals in government enforcement and intellectual property cases and general litigation. He has been licensed to practice law since 1981.

Mr. Bornstein has been involved in many significant cases and has extensive litigation, trial and mediation experience. He has received several honors and awards for his accomplishments from organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, Litigation Counsel of America, Public Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice and has also received commendations from various federal agencies.

Along with his practice, Mr. Bornstein authors articles and lectures on a broad range of legal topics. He has held many leadership roles in his legal and professional communities and is a founding member of the Nicaraguan Children’s Friendship Committee, and he also helped in the formation of Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow.

Mr. Bornstein holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his law degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California federal and state courts.

Mr. Bornstein is active in several professional organizations, including The Bar Association of San Francisco, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Litigation Counsel of America and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He serves on various committees in these organizations and is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Securities Litigation (10%)

Civil Rights (10%)

Health Care (10%): Health & Health Care Law

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Health & Health Care Law


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Jeffrey Bornstein

Admitted: 1981, California

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  • Commendations from numerous federal agencies including U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Department of Labor
  • Award for Furthering Equal Employment Opportunity, U.S. Attorney General
  • Award for Outstanding Performance and Invaluable Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Public Justice Foundation, 2010
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, 2010–Present
  • Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013
  • Bar Association Of San Francisco Award of Merit 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defense 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense 2010–2017
  • Best Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2012–2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2014-present
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2010–2013
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2006–2009
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, White Collar Subcommittee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Criminal Justice Subcommittee
  • California, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Board Member, Nicaraguan Children’s Friendship Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Be Prepared: What You Need to Know about the Criminalization of Securities Laws,” July 31, 2006
  • “You are Alerted to an Incident of Employee Theft of Company Intellectual Property. What do you do?,” Silicon Valley Women’s Group, March 16, 2007
  • “Conflicts of Interest for Hedge Fund Managers and Prime Brokers,” May 16, 2007
  • “Spill Oil – Go to Jail: The New Paradigm for Mariners after the Cosco Busan,” San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Insurance Women, October 20, 2009
  • “Spill Oil – Go to Jail: The New Paradigm for Mariners,” Passenger Vessel Association Annual Conference, February 15, 2010
  • “Identifying Changes to the Global Anti-Corruption Compliance Landscape to Maintain and Upgrade Your Existing Compliance Program,” 9th Annual FCPA and Anti-Corruption Compliance Conference, September 19-21, 2012
  • “Navigating Environmental Accidents and Catastrophes – Government and Defense Perspectives,” Bar Association of San Francisco Presentation, November 14, 2013
  • “Balancing the Customer Experience with Robust Security Systems that Protect Against Fraud,” National Investment Company Service Association’s (NICSA) Risk Management Workshop, November 20, 2013
  • “Lions, Tigers, Bears, Prosecutors and SEC Enforcement Attorneys – Oh My!”, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014 Spring Conference, May 1, 2014
  • “It’s Not Who You Know, But Who You Represent: The Ethics of Joint Representation in a Criminal Investigation,” Bar Association of San Francisco Presentation, May 20, 2014
  • “New memo won’t help,” The National Law Journal (November 14, 2005)
  • “Judicial decision will significantly impact coordination of investigations by the SEC and DOJ,” Securities Regulation & Law(February 6, 2007)
  • Chapter 8: Criminal enforcement of securities laws: a primer for the securities practitioner, American Bar Association’s Securities Enforcement Manual, 2nd ed. (October 2007)
  • “The BetonSports and Neteller DOJ Agreements: Analysis,” co-author, World Online Gambling Law Report (January 2008)
  • Chapter 119: Internal Investigations, Securities Law Techniques, Lexis Nexis Publishing Co. (Spring 2009)
  • “Compliance in the Age of Dodd-Frank and Aggressive Criminal and Civil Enforcement Actions,” co-author, NSCP Currents (May-June 2011)
  • “The Resurgence of Judicial Independence in White Collar Prosecutions: What it Means for Defendants in SEC and DOJ/U.S. Attorney Cases,” co-author, American Bar Association (Winter 2012)
  • “The SEC’s New Enforcement Program,” co-author, The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol 47, No.7 (April 2, 2014)
  • “2014 Saw the Arrival of ‘Gray Collar’ Crime,” co-author, Law 360, (January 5, 2015)
  • “New Antitrust Investigation of Airlines: Are They Speaking in Code or Just Stating the Facts?, Casetext (July 8, 2015)
  • “What is the Likely Affect the Trump Administration Will Have on Our Criminal Justice System,” Casetext (November 15, 2016)
  • “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” Daily Journal (February 3, 2017)


  • Fabio Petrolino v. City and County of San Francisco
  • Coleman v. Brown
  • Coleman v. Brown/Plata v. Brown
  • U.S. v. Chair of Audit Committee
  • Cosco Busan Oil Spill
  • U.S. v. Pharmacy
  • Criminal Trade Secrets Case re iPhone
  • U.S. v. Business Owner
  • Representation of persons alleged to have engaged in bid rigging
  • Representation a seafood processor in a Clean Water Act criminal investigation
  • FINRA Investigation of Broker Dealer
  • Representation of an investment advisor in a civil fraud trial
  • San Bruno Gas Pipeline Accident
  • Solyndra Federal Criminal Probe
  • Galleon Insider-Trading Case

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, high honors, distinction in general scholarship, B.A., 1977
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Office Location for Jeffrey L. Bornstein

101 Mission Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-433-6830

Fax: 415-433-7104

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Last Updated: 4/2/2019

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