Saturday, February 16, 2008

Will White Collar Prosecutions Get New Life?

Chicago Business News reports here, and the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP reports here, that Attorney Gil Soffer's new role in DOJ will be counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.  His focus will be one that may bring white collar prosecutions back onto the stage. Katten Muchin Rosenman's press release states that:

"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."

This appointment is a clear indication that appointments at DOJ are moving in a new direction - one where experience and credentials matter.

(esp) (w/ a hat tip to Stephanie Martz)

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