Daniel Rubinstein ('95) receives Chicago Crime Commission's "Stars of Distinction" Award


Daniel Rubinstein ('95)
Daniel Rubinstein ('95)

Chicago Crime Commission Press Release

Chicago, Illinois (November 24, 2008) -- Boston University School of Law Graduate, Daniel D. Rubinstein (’95), a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig Chicago Office’s Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, received the Chicago Crime Commission’s "Stars of Distinction" award for an investigation and prosecution he handled while an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

The award, which honors exceptional groups who have made significant contributions to local and national crime fighting efforts, was presented to Rubinstein, along with a team of 10 federal and state agents and prosecutors. Rubinstein and team were recognized for their investigation and prosecution of numerous members of three major drug trafficking organizations operating in and around Chicago, including a cell of a Mexican drug cartel. The Chicago leader of this cartel was responsible for the distribution of approximately 1,000 kilograms of cocaine quarterly from Mexico in the Chicago area. The prosecution resulted in 45 convictions and the seizure of more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, as well as millions of dollars in cash, property, vehicles, and weapons.

In 2005, Rubinstein was lead trial counsel in the successful federal trial of the Chicago leader of the Mexican drug cartel and two of his associates. Following their convictions, other members of the Mexican drug cartel attempted to kidnap and transport two witnesses who testified at the original trial to Mexico. Rubinstein also oversaw this investigation and was lead trial counsel in the successful 2007 federal trial of the two cartel members who attempted to carry out the kidnapping. The entire prosecution team received the Chicago Crime Commission’s Stars of Distinction Award "in recognition of and appreciation for their outstanding collaboration and performance in [this] successful investigation and prosecution." Rubinstein also received the Stars of Distinction Award in 2004 for the prosecution and conviction of more than 46 members of the Black Disciples street gang, including all of its leaders and a former Chicago alderman. 

Rubinstein focuses his practice on white collar criminal matters, government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

The Chicago Crime Commission is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of civic leaders committed to improving the quality of public safety and justice. Their vision is to continue to operate as one of the most respected citizen crime commissions in the nation through research, collaboration, programs, publications, and leadership and advocacy in the community.