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Gil M. Soffer

Gil M. Soffer

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Gil M. Soffer is managing partner of Katten's Chicago office, national co-chair of the firm'sLitigation practice and a member of the Board of Directors. 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.

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 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.


  • Chambers USA -Ranked In, 2012–2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2018–2019


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • AB, Brown University
Gil M. Soffer is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Pocket MBA 2018: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Chicago, IL

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