CHICAGO – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP today announced that Gil M. Soffer has returned to the firm as a partner in its White Collar Criminal and Civil Litigation Practice, following his term as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  Mr. Soffer, who is based in Katten’s Chicago office, had resigned from Katten’s partnership on January 25, 2008, pursuant to the requirements of the government position. 


During his tenure 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.


“We are pleased to welcome Gil back to the firm and are proud of his service as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General,” said Vincent A.F. Sergi, Katten’s National Managing Partner.  “We encourage all of our attorneys to pursue public service should the opportunity arise, and are always honored when one of our own is selected for service.  Gil is an outstanding attorney and his return to Katten will certainly strengthen our white collar team and benefit our clients.”


Mr. Soffer originally joined Katten in August 2000, after six years of practice as a federal prosecutor.  He concentrates his practice in white collar criminal litigation, insurance litigation, corporate investigations, and anti-fraud counseling and litigation.  Mr. Soffer has also been involved in a wide range of matters involving reinsurance, health care and alternative dispute resolution.


In 1994, Mr. Soffer joined the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division.  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, and appeared regularly as a legal expert on the ABC News Now program Guilt or Innocence? 


Katten’s White Collar Criminal and Civil Litigation Practice is comprised of highly respected former prosecutors, law enforcement officers and federal defenders with broad investigative, trial and appellate experience.  The depth of the practice is key to its ability to devote the appropriate resources to a client’s matter, even on a moment’s notice.  In fact, Katten’s Chicago office boasts the largest number of attorneys with prior U.S. Attorney office experience among large law firm practices in Chicago.  Knowing firsthand about the manner in which criminal or quasi-criminal actions are handled by “the other side” gives Katten a clear advantage in developing and implementing litigation strategies.