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.