Nina J. Ginsberg, a founding partner at DiMuroGinsberg, P.C., in Alexandria, VA, has practiced criminal law for more than 35 years. She has represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of matters, with a focus on national security law, white collar investigations and prosecution, financial and securities fraud, computer crime, copyright fraud, and professional ethics. She is a frequent litigator in the federal courts for Eastern District of Virginia and is known for her experience in handling criminal cases on the “Rocket Docket.”

Nina has served multiple terms on the Virginia State Bar Council and on the Virginia State Bar’s Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section. She was recently named a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and is a member of the State Bar Indigent Defense Task Force. She serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel Screening Committee for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division and is a member of the Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

Nina has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University and George Mason University Schools of Law and has taught the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course. She is on the editorial board of the Criminal Law Advocacy Reporter and was an early member of the Practitioner’s Advisory Committee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She is currently a member of the Steering Group of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Committee on National Security Law, Policy & Practice. In 2013, she was named one of Virginia’s Leaders in the Law and named one of the Women Leaders in the Law by the Washington Post. Nina is listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She has been rated as a top criminal lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, the Washington Post Magazine, the Northern Virginia Magazine, the Washingtonian, and the U.S. News & World Report since 2012.

Nina has been an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for decades. She served three terms on the Board of Directors and spent 2019 as NACDL’s President. She also serves on the Board of NACDL’s Criminal Justice Foundation. Nina has chaired numerous committees and currently serves on the White Collar and National Security Committees.


  • American Bar Association, Member Criminal Law Section
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Immediate Past President – August 2020 – present
    • President – August 2019 – July 2020
    • President Elect – August 2018 – July 2019
    • First Vice President – August 2017 – July 2018
    • Second Vice President – August 2016 – July 2017
    • Secretary, July 2015 – July 2016
    • Parliamentarian, 2014 – 2015
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2012-2013
    • Former Chair, Amicus Committee
    • Member, International Law Committee
    • Delegate to United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
    • Member and Former Vice-Chair, Forfeiture Committee
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Former Member, Board of Governors, Criminal Law Section
    • Member, Task Force on Indigent Defense
    • Former Member, Eighth District Grievance Committee
    • Former Faculty Member, Mandatory Course on Professionalism
    • Former Chair, Lawyers Malpractice Insurance Committee
  • George Mason Inn of Court
    • President 2017 – 2018
  • Bar of the District of Columbia, National Security Law Policy and Practice Committee, Member, Steering Committee, Member
  • John Adams Project, former Member
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission, former Member, Practitioner Advisory Committee

Representative Cases:

  • Successfully defended city official avoiding prosecution in honest services fraud and gratuities investigation.
  • Successfully defended corporate official in securities fraud prosecution resulting in deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Obtained acquittal in prosecution of retired military officer accused of internet crime.
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple counts in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act prosecution.
  • Obtained acquittal in war zone prosecution involving litigation of classified evidence.
  • Successfully defended congressional employee against allegations of disclosing classified information.
  • Successfully represented subject of political corruption investigation.
  • Obtained dismissal after challenge to illegally obtained evidence in fraud/identity theft prosecution.
  • Obtained dismissal after successful challenge to admissibility of electronic evidence.
  • Avoided death penalty in espionage prosecution.
  • Obtained not guilty verdict in incest prosecution.
  • Avoided death penalty in murder prosecution involving the death of pregnant teenager

Honors & Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Top Criminal Attorneys, Northern Virginia Magazine, December, 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Best Lawyers list for Criminal Defense, US News & World Report, 2012 – 2022
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2022
  • Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2012 – 2014
  • Leaders in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Media, 2013
  • Women Leaders in the Law, Washington Post Magazine, March, 2013
  • Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2013 – 2022
  • Lifetime Achievement Top Lawyer, Washingtonian

Nina J. Ginsberg
Tel: 703-684-4333
Fax: 703-548-3181

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Areas of practice:

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Business Fraud
  • Civil and Criminal Forfeiture
  • Civil and Criminal Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Classified Information Procedures Act
  • Complex Criminal Defense
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • False Claims Act
  • International monetary offenses
  • Internet Crime
  • National Security
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Professional Ethics


  • Virginia, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • District Courts and Court of Appeals, 1980
  • Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., Antioch Law School, 1978
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1973

Nina J. Ginsberg is Peer Rated for her Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2019

Nina J. Ginsberg voted by Northern Virginia magazine as 2018 Top Lawyers

Nina J. Ginsberg ranked in the Top 100 in the National Trial Lawyers

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