Lawyer Katten asked for key role in UAW ongoing oversight
“Gil continues to gain the admiring attention of authorities who need his exemplary understanding of government investigations and enforcement actions and his exceptional leadership,” said President de Katten. Roger P. Furey. “We are proud but not at all surprised that he has once again been chosen for this kind of large-scale work.”
In 2017, Soffer was appointed a compliance controller for a large international pharmaceutical company in one of the largest settlements ever under the Corrupt Practices Abroad Act. He has also been appointed legal counsel to boards of directors of public companies or their special committees to investigate allegations of shareholder misconduct.
As the UAW Arbitration Officer, Soffer will assess any allegations of misconduct identified by the court-appointed UAW Monitor and impose discipline, if applicable, which could include the expulsion of the court. Detroit-Union based which has nearly one million members nationwide.
Details of Soffer’s role are spelled out in the consent decree the UAW reached with the federal government following a multi-year Department of Justice (DOJ) corruption investigation that found, among other things, highs public servants funding golf trips and personal vacations with union funds.
Co-chair of Katten’s national litigation practice, Soffer is a former federal prosecutor and was a senior official at the Department of Justice, where he was the principal editor of its Corporate Monitor Principles and Corporate Charging Principles. As an experienced white-collar defense lawyer, he devotes his practice largely to helping clients navigate government investigations and enforcement actions..
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