Irina K.Bleustein


Washington + 1.202.879.3653

Irina Bleustein develops and executes effective strategies to challenge the government's enforcement efforts in high-stakes white collar matters on behalf of top corporate and individual clients. She has helped clients obtain declinations, post-indictment dismissals of charges, and favorable negotiated resolutions. In addition to defending clients facing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and congressional investigations related to allegations of fraud and corruption, Irina conducts internal investigations around the globe, litigates cases in federal court, and counsels clients on compliance matters.

Irina has represented several Fortune 20 companies, five CEOs, and a former U.S. Congressman, along with numerous other leading multinational corporations and executives. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including automotive, retail, health care, banking, information technology, sports, politics, media, mining, oil and gas, international logistics, and aerospace. In particular, Irina has deep experience advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including understanding the intricacies of past enforcement actions, investigating alleged misconduct, and formulating best practices for compliance. She is adept at helping clients navigate cross-border issues that often arise in international investigations, such as privilege and data privacy considerations. Irina regularly uses her native Russian-language skills in investigations.

Prior to attending law school, Irina worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section as an honors paralegal specialist. During her two years at the DOJ, she participated in six complex criminal fraud trials and helped indict dozens of health care fraud cases in federal courts across the country.


  • Multi-state charter school company successfully defeats foreign government's 1782 applicationJones Day successfully defended a multi-state charter school company against an application brought by the Republic of Turkey that sought extensive discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
  • CEO of international logistics company obtains post-indictment dismissal of all chargesJones Day obtained a post-indictment Non-Prosecution Agreement and dismissal of all charges against the former CEO of an international logistics company charged with engaging in an alleged multi-billion dollar fraud scheme and violating OFAC laws.
  • CEO defends grand jury investigation relating to tax affairsJones Day represents a CEO in a federal grand jury investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division regarding the CEO's tax affairs.
  • National retailer defends allegations of corruption in Latin America and AsiaJones Day is representing a national retailer in an internal investigation into allegations of corruption in multiple countries in Latin America and Asia and related DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • Additional Publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    Note, "Achieving the Coexistence of Accountability and Immunity: The Prosecution of Devyani Khobragade and the Role of Consular Immunity in Criminal Cases," 52 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 355

    Corporate Criminal Liability, coauthor, 52 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 851

    Federal Criminal Conspiracy, coauthor, 52 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1089

    Health Care Fraud, coauthor, 51 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1315

    Spring 2010
    Self-Determination, Secession, and Sovereignty: South Ossetia's Claim to Right of External Self-Determination and International Law, Sigma Iota Rho J. Int'l Rel., Spring 2010, at 120

    Additional Speaking Engagements

    • February 2, 2024
      Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: An Overview of Investigation Phases and Key Considerations, Practising Law Institute (PLI)