Gil SofferGil M. Soffer is Co-Chair of the firm's National White Collar Practice. He joined the Firm in August 2000, after six years as a federal prosecutor. Mr. Soffer concentrates his practice in white collar criminal litigation, particularly corporate fraud litigation; corporate investigations; insurance litigation; and anti-fraud counseling and litigation. Mr. Soffer is also involved in a wide range of matters involving reinsurance, health care, and alternative dispute resolution.
In January 2008, Mr. Soffer accepted a position as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C., and shortly thereafter was appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General. During his year-long term with the Department of Justice, Mr. Soffer advised the Deputy Attorney General on criminal matters at the Department, with particular emphasis on corporate fraud prosecutions. He played an integral role in drafting the Department's Corporate Monitor Principles and Corporate Charging Principles, and provided training on the latter policy to U.S. Attorneys' Offices nationwide. Mr. Soffer also managed the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force and briefed members of Congress about criminal matters within the Department of Justice.
Mr. Soffer had previously served in the Department of Justice when he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago (1994 - 2000). In that capacity, he prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including bank, mail, wire, tax, and insurance fraud; narcotics and firearms trafficking; bank robbery; embezzlement; and money laundering. In November 1996, Mr. Soffer received the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
Mr. Soffer graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1986 and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Soffer clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Judge John A. Nordberg. After his clerkship, Mr. Soffer became an associate with the law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco, where he practiced in the general litigation department.
Mr. Soffer is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Illinois and California. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Law School, where he taught Federal Criminal Prosecution. Mr. Soffer has lectured on subjects ranging from corporate internal investigations to deferred prosecution agreements, appeared regularly as a legal expert on the ABC News Now program Guilt or Innocence, and testified before Congress about the use and selection of corporate monitors in criminal cases.
In December 2009, Mr. Soffer was appointed by Illinois Governor Quinn to serve as a Commissioner on the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. The nine-member Commission was formed to promote ethics in the executive branch of public service and to ensure that state business is conducted with fairness and integrity. Toward that end, the Commission adjudicates alleged violations of the Illinois Ethics Act and provides guidance to the State's ethics officers.