Daniel I. Weiner serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he works on money in politics, ethics, and other democracy reform issues, including redistricting and fair courts. He has provided policy advice and drafting assistance to federal and state legislators and regulators across the country and maintains an active litigation practice. Weiner also writes and comments regularly on election law issues, including for the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, NPR, the Daily Beast, Slate, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Politico, and the Hill, among other outlets.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Weiner served as senior counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission, including during her term as chair of the Commission in 2013. In this role, Weiner assisted the commissioner with her duties in managing the agency and advised her on a broad array of issues under the First Amendment, federal campaign finance law, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Before his service at the FEC, Weiner practiced law in the Washington, DC, office of Jenner & Block, LLP. At Jenner, Weiner counseled a wide variety of clients and litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels, including as a member of the firm’s Election Law and Redistricting practice group. He also maintained an active pro bono practice focused particularly on LGBT rights.
Weiner received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was an executive editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and co–articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. After law school, Weiner clerked for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University.