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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States
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White Collar, Investigations, and Compliance


Gil M. Soffer is managing partner of Katten’s Chicago office, and national co-chair of the Litigation practice. A former federal prosecutor, Gil provides experienced counsel to individuals and companies under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government regulators.

Gil’s practice runs the gamut of white collar criminal and civil fraud matters, with particular emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), health care fraud, securities fraud and fraud involving government programs. Among other recent engagements, Gil successfully defended two former executives of a high-profile mortgage lending company in a fraud investigation by the SEC, convincing the agency not to pursue charges against either client; represented one of the largest for-profit providers of higher education in investigations conducted by the FTC, DoE, and other agencies; defended a multi-state health care provider accused by the Department of Justice of anti-kickback violations and Medicare fraud; defended Japanese and American executives in two separate antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice involving the Japanese automobile industry; and represented in-house counsel in two separate FCPA investigations conducted jointly by the DOJ and SEC. Gil also has counseled corporations and their boards in connection with derivative class action litigation arising from allegations of fraud.

Before joining Katten, Gil was an Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) in Chicago. As an AUSA, he prosecuted cases ranging from corruption to health care fraud, earning the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA from then Attorney General Janet Reno. Later, while at Katten, Gil accepted a position as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and was soon thereafter appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General. In this position, he played an integral role in drafting the Department of Justice’s Corporate Charging Principles (the Filip Memo), and provided training on the policy to US Attorneys’ offices nationwide. He also managed the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and briefed members of Congress about criminal matters within the DOJ. After completing his service in 2009, Gil returned to the firm.

Gil has particular experience in the area of independent corporate monitorships. As Associate Deputy Attorney General, Gil was a principal drafter of the DOJ’s Corporate Monitor Principles (the Morford Memo). He has testified before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law regarding the use and selection of corporate monitors in criminal cases. In February 2017, the DOJ and SEC appointed Gil as the global corporate compliance monitor for the world’s largest manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, in one of the most substantial FCPA resolutions to date.

Gil is frequently sought out by local and national media to speak on criminal law matters and serves as legal analyst for WLS-Channel 7, the Chicago affiliate of ABC, and KGO, the San Francisco Bay Area affiliate of ABC. 

In his tradition of public service, in December 2009, Gil 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. Gil served on the commission in various roles, including chair, until the expiration of his appointment in September 2015. 


JD, Harvard Law School; AB, Brown University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Drawing on significant trial experience, Katten is noted for its team of ‘exceptional attorneys, who respond quickly‘ to clients, which include both corporates and individuals. In New York, Scott Resnik represented the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation in a fraud trial against the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General regarding services provided to undocumented immigrants; the client was cleared on all charges. He also defended William Scully, former president of Pharmalogical, in a 73-count indictment in the Eastern District of New York regarding allegations that the company bought unapproved pharmaceuticals in Europe to resell in the US; Resnik obtained acquittals on the 11 most serious counts and secured a relatively lenient sentence. Other important names include Alan Brudner in New York, Gil Soffer in Chicago, Nadira Clarke in Washington DC and Lily Chinn in San Francisco.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Katten excels in securities litigation and white-collar defense, and is especially notable in the financial services, healthcare and insurance sectors. Beyond these areas, the team is equipped to handle a broad range of commercial cases in state and federal courts across the US, and its expertise in class actions is also of note. Gil Soffer and Stacey McKee Knight head the team from Chicago and Los Angeles respectively. Anthony Paccione in New York receives praise.