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Linda Dale Hoffa

Partner; Chair, White Collar/Corporate Investigations Group
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1500 Market St. 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Linda Dale Hoffa is recognized as one of Philadelphia’s leading white collar lawyers and chairs Dilworth’s White Collar/Government Investigations Practice Group. She is an outstanding trial attorney, skilled negotiator and empathetic counselor. Her 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.

Linda’s experience and knowledge of criminal law help corporations and individuals successfully navigate the complex regulatory and law enforcement landscape. She focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense and counseling, internal corporate investigations, and corporate compliance programs.

Linda has conducted hundreds of investigations and numerous high profile trials. Her clients include physicians, attorneys, business owners, elected officials, corporations and non-profits facing a broad spectrum of white collar investigations. She has worked on virtually every kind of white collar case, including financial and securities fraud, corruption, criminal tax, antitrust, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental criminal cases, as well as sex and violent crimes.

In recognition of her trial skills, Linda was inducted in 2007 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), and in 2016 was selected to present a mock trial before Justices of the United States Supreme Court and Justices from the United Kingdom as part of the U.K. and U.S. Exchange sponsored by the ACTL.

During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, Linda also served in policy positions as the Chair of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group for the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Senior Criminal Counsel at the Senate Judiciary Committee. At the Senate Judiciary Linda worked for five-term incumbent U.S. Senator Arlen Specter during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. Early in her career she was appointed as a Special Assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno to work on a detail as DOJ’s Spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Bombing prosecution. On two separate occasions she was awarded DOJ’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for complex case trials.

After working at the U.S. Department of Justice, Linda was the Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. She also worked at the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice where she was the most senior attorney handling criminal related issues for all 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 speaks at many conferences and frequently comments on criminal cases on television and in publications, such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Law 360, The Legal Intelligencer and The New Yorker.

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, Investigating Grand Jury Task Force, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • 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