With the exception of two periods of United States Government service, Harris Weinstein practiced law with Covington's Washington office as an associate, partner and senior counsel between 1962 and his retirement from practice in 2009. He was with the Department of Justice during the period 1967-1969 as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States and with the Department of the Treasury during 1990-1992 as Chief Counsel of the then Office of Thrift Supervision. Before joining Covington, Mr. Weinstein was law clerk to Judge William H. Hastie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
His private practice focused on civil litigation, including disputes under antitrust, securities, tax and banking laws, and patent and related trade issues. He has appeared in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and, as a government attorney, argued nine cases in the United States Supreme Court.
Since January 2007, Mr. Weinstein, a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, has served as a Distinguished Lecturer on the faculty of the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America, teaching International Commercial Arbitration as well as other subjects. He also coaches the law school’s team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. He has taught the arbitration course at the University of California, Davis and lectured on the subject at Penn State Law School and the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Mr. Weinstein’s teaching activity has included lectures on banking law or corporate fiduciary issues at American University, George Washington University, the Universities of Illinois, Michigan and Virginia, and Washington University. He has also taught one-week courses on Banking and International Arbitration under United States Law as part of Catholic University’s American Law program at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
In his pro bono work Mr. Weinstein has been a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and chaired the Conference’s Committee on Government Processes. He has also been a member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, President of its alumni/ae association, and Chair of its Alumni/ae Fund; Counsel to the Contests and Credentials Committees of the Republican National Conventions of 1984 and 1988; and a member of the initial advisory committee of the Commonwealth Institute (Richmond, VA).
His law degree is from Columbia University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He received S.B. and S.M. degrees in mathematics from M.I.T. and was elected an associate member of the Sigma Xi science honorary society.