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Linda Dale Hoffa

Partner; Chair, White Collar/Corporate Investigations Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Linda Dale Hoffa is an effective criminal defense attorney whose experience and knowledge of criminal law helps corporations and individuals successfully navigate the complex regulatory and law enforcement landscape. At Dilworth, Linda is Chair of the White Collar/Government Investigations Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense and counseling, internal corporate investigations, and corporate compliance programs.

Linda is highly regarded for her trial work and as an advocate who works hard and efficiently for her clients. She is a skilled negotiator, empathetic counselor, and seasoned trial attorney. While her passion is criminal defense work, Linda’s prior executive level experience as the Criminal Division Chief at the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office and as the Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office provides her with unique insight into law enforcement’s investigative and trial strategies at both the federal and state level. 

Linda has successfully conducted hundreds of investigations and numerous high profile trials, including matters involving businesses that do business with, or are regulated by, federal and state governments. She also has worked on securities fraud, criminal tax, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, and environmental criminal cases, as well as other fraud and corruption matters.

In recognition of her trial skills,  Linda was inducted in 2007 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). In September 2016, she presented before U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito, as part of the U.K. and U.S. Exchange sponsored by the ACTL, a mock historic trial from 1794 (Georgia v. Brailsford), which was the first and only trial held before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Before joining the Firm, Linda served in other senior level positions in federal and state government. She was the Chair of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group (2008-2009) for the U.S. Department of Justice. The Criminal Chiefs Working Group provides advice and counsel from experienced criminal chiefs to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Department of Justice. On two separate occasions, she was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice the esteemed Director’s Award for Superior Performance for her trial work on complex cases. 

From 2009-2011, Linda served as senior criminal counsel at the Senate Judiciary Committee for five-term incumbent U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who had served as both Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee. She served on the Judiciary Committee staff during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. After that, Linda was the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel and in that position was the most senior attorney handling criminal related issues for all the Commonwealth agencies.

She currently teaches a course she designed called “The Law of Investigations” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Law School. Linda is a frequent speaker at conferences, and often is quoted in print media and appears on broadcast news programs.

Representative Experience

  • Handle criminal trials and appeals in both federal and state court
  • Serve as Special Counsel by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board to conduct investigations of judges accused of judicial misconduct
  • Represented medical doctor in sex crime investigation with result of no charges being filed
  • Represented client in state grand jury investigation of billing practices in home health care industry and persuaded state to grant full immunity despite prior testimony
  • Conducted internal investigations of sentinel events for non-profit organizations
  • Represented targets in state and federal criminal tax investigations
  • Represented companies and individuals in False Claims Act investigations by state and federal governments
  • Represented bond counsel in Securities and Exchange Commission investigation
  • Represented witnesses in federal corruption investigations of public officials
  • Represented mental health care agency and professionals in U.S. Attorney’s civil investigation of billing practices
  • Represented chief pharmacist in health care fraud investigation
  • Represented school district in fraud investigation
  • Represented non-profit victimized by embezzlement
  • Represented companies regarding Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certifications
  • Represented individuals in sentence reduction motions, and parole and pardon applications in state and federal systems

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association 
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Federal Criminal Law Committee (2016)
  • Member, Forum of Executive Women (2016)
  • Member, Law360 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Member, Women of Fels Advisory Network, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions for the Third Circuit (2006-07)
  • Member, Case Review Committee, The Innocence Project

Speeches & Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker for The POWER of Professional WoMen (POWER), “Are You Protected?” December 16, 2016 
  • Moderator, Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Philadelphia, PA, “State Investigating Grand Jury Practice: Essentials for Federal Practitioners,” June 20, 2016
  • Panelist, Pennsylvania Psychological Association 2016 Annual Convention, Harrisburg, PA, “White Collar Criminals, Clinical, Ethical and Legal Issues, June 18, 2016
  • Speaker at numerous legal seminars sponsored by the American Law Institute, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Sentencing Commission, Third Circuit Judicial Conference, Federal Bench Bar Conference, American Bar Association, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Panelist, "Business Ethics in the Financial Industry," Wharton Executive Education, November 13, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, 22nd Annual Fraud Conference, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Philadelphia Chapter), December 1, 2014
  • Speaker, Regulators Roundtable: the Latest in Government Enforcement at the American Bar Association’s sixth annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for in-house counsel, April 24, 2014
  • Co-Author with Senator Arlen Specter: A Quiet But Growing Judicial Rebellion Against Harsh Sentences for Child Pornography Offenses, The Champion, October 2011
  • Author: How Likely is Congress to Fix Federal Sentencing Laws? The National Law Journal, November 28, 2011

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers – inducted in 2007
  • Twice awarded Director's Award for Superior Performance, U.S. Department of Justice

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Newark
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Rutgers College - New Brunswick
    • High Distinction in History
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court New Jersey