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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 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Rights, Antitrust Litigation, Health Care, Securities Litigation
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 criminal defense, criminal and civil antitrust cases, internal investigations, representing indiviuals seeking justice in civil rights cases, defending companies and individuals in government enforcement including SEC investigations, representing individuals and companies in theft of trade secrets 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 trial, general litigation, 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 and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He serves on various committees in these organizations and is a fellow of the America Bar Association Foundation. In 2010, he was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 10%Antitrust Litigation
  • 10%Health Care
  • 10%Securities Litigation
Focus Areas

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


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022

About Jeffrey L. Bornstein

First Admitted: 1981, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Successful representation of executive in revenue recognition SEC investigation 
  • Representation of persons alleged to have engaged in bid rigging
  • Representation of various individuals in Camp Fire investigation in Butte County
  • U.S. v. Pharmacy
  • Coleman v. Brown/Plata v. Brown
  • San Bruno Gas Pipeline Accident
  • Representation a seafood processor in a Clean Water Act criminal investigation
  • Criminal Trade Secrets Case re iPhone
  • U.S. v. Chair of Audit Committee
  • Fabio Petrolino v. City and County of San Francisco
  • Solyndra Federal Criminal Probe
  • Representation of a small business in a theft of trade secrets investigation in 2017-2018
  • U.S. v. Business Owner
  • Cosco Busan Oil Spill
  • Coleman v. Brown
  • Galleon Insider-Trading Case
  • Representation of an investment advisor in a civil fraud trial


  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense 2010–present
  • Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013
  • Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award
  • 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
  • Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defense 2014
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, 2010–Present
  • Award for Outstanding Performance and Invaluable Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Best Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2012–Present
  • Bar Association Of San Francisco Award of Merit 2014
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Public Justice Foundation, 2010
  • Award for Furthering Equal Employment Opportunity, U.S. Attorney General

Educational Background

  • U.C. Berkeley of Law, 1981
  • University of California, Berkeley, high honors, distinction in general scholarship, B.A., and varsity football letterman, , 1977

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Winter/Spring 2018, Trump/Sessions ‘Tough on Crime’ Approach is the Real Joke, ABA White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, 2018
  • February 20, 2018, Giving full effect to a jury acquittal, Daily Journal , 2018
  •  November 14, 2013, Navigating Environmental Accidents and Catastrophes – Government and Defense Perspectives, Bar Association of San Francisco Presentation, 2013
  • September 19-21, 2012, 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, 2012
  • February 15, 2010, Spill Oil – Go to Jail: The New Paradigm for Mariners,” Passenger Vessel Association Annual Conference,, Passenger Vessel Association Annual Conference, 2010
  • October 20, 2009, Spill Oil – Go to Jail: The New Paradigm for Mariners after the Cosco Busan, San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Insurance Women, 2009
  • May 16, 2007, Conflicts of Interest for Hedge Fund Managers and Prime Brokers, 2007
  • March 16, 2007, You are Alerted to an Incident of Employee Theft of Company Intellectual Property. What do you do?,, Silicon Valley Women’s Group, 2007
  • July 31, 2006, Be Prepared: What You Need to Know about the Criminalization of Securities Laws, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California by SuperLawyers, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • NDCA Racial Justice Working Group, 2021
  • Founding Board Member, Nicaraguan Children’s Friendship Committee

Representative Clients

  • Representation of company in connection with various antitrust issues/matters, 2021
  • Representation of individuals in on-going fire investigation in Sonoma County, 2021
  • Representation of an Individual in an ongoing joint criminal and SEC investigation into an alleged healthcare fraud investigation, 2020
  • Representation of individuals in several on-going federal criminal investigations involving computer and healthcare fraud issues. , 2020
  • Civil Rights case vs. Alameda County based on conditions of confinement of class of prisoners in Santa Rita Jail, 2019
  • Continued representation of victims in a civil class action antitrust case, 2019
  • Assisting in the representation of a municpal rail authority in a federal criminal investigation, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Northern District of California Racial Justice Working Group, 2021
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 1981
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2019
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2018-present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, White Collar Subcommittee
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2010–2013
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for NDCA, 2006–2009
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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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