Peter W. Baldwin

Phone: (212) 248-3147 (212) 248-3147


Peter W. Baldwin, a former federal prosecutor, defends clients facing white-collar criminal and internal investigations, securities enforcement actions, cybersecurity issues, and other complex civil and criminal litigation matters. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Pete spent over eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern District of New York and Central District of California. In this role, he supervised all aspects of criminal investigation and prosecution, first as a member of the Major Frauds Section in the Central District of California and then in the National Security and Cybercrime Section in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Pete practiced commercial litigation at a major international law firm in Los Angeles, handling matters including securities fraud, derivative actions and business disputes.

As a federal prosecutor, Pete worked extensively with numerous federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies to oversee grand jury investigations, criminal charging decisions, plea negotiations, motions practice, evidentiary hearings, trials, sentencing proceedings, and appeals. Pete has served as lead trial counsel in multiple criminal jury trials.

During his time with the Eastern District of New York’s National Security and Cybercrime Section, Pete directed federal criminal investigations involving terrorism, cybercrimes, export controls, trade secrets, BSA/AML violations, espionage, and money laundering. In addition, Pete served as the Office’s Counterespionage and Export Controls Coordinator. In this role, he directed the investigation and prosecution of cases relating to violations of federal export controls, counterproliferation, trade secrets and espionage laws, and he also served as the Office’s primary point of contact with various federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, as well as with the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to that, in the Central District of California’s Major Frauds Section, Pete prosecuted cases involving securities fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and money laundering.


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2006,

    cum laude, Order of the Coif, Note & Comment Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology

  • Yale University, B.A., 2000


  • American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Federal Bar Council