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Linda Dale Hoffa

Partner; Chair, White Collar/Government Investigations Group
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Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7288
Fax(215) 575-7200
lhoffa@dilworthlaw.com

Assistant

Kelly Malenki
Direct(215) 575-7028
kmalenki@dilworthlaw.com

Linda Dale Hoffa is recognized as one of Philadelphia’s leading white collar defense lawyers and chairs Dilworth’s Government Investigations/White Collar Defense Practice Group. She was the Criminal Division Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia and the Pa. Attorney General’s top criminal prosecutor before entering private practice. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Linda helps individuals and entities successfully navigate regulatory and law enforcement investigations and proceedings. Her outstanding trial skills and prior work as a prosecutor—at both the federal and state level—provide her with unique insight into law enforcement and trial strategies that strongly benefit her clients and achieve for them the best and most efficient results. She focuses her practice in the areas of internal investigations, criminal defense and counseling, and corporate compliance. 

Linda has conducted hundreds of investigations and numerous high profile criminal trials. Her clients include business executives, medical and legal professionals, educators and students, and government officials, as well as corporations and non-profits. She has worked on virtually every kind of investigation and criminal case, including RICO, health care fraud, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, corruption, criminal tax, antitrust, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental crimes, and sexual and violent crimes. She also represents individuals in Title IX matters and Office of Inspector General investigations.

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

During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, Linda also served as the Chair of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group for the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. At the Senate, Linda worked for five-term incumbent U.S. Senator Arlen Specter as his Senior Criminal Counsel. Early in her career, she was appointed as Special Assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno to serve 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 fraud and corruption cases.

After working at the U.S. Department of Justice, Linda worked directly for the Pa. Attorney General and was the most senior criminal prosecutor at the Office of Attorney General. She earlier worked at the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice where she was responsible for handling all criminal related issues for Commonwealth agencies.

She currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Law School a seminar on the Law of Investigations. Linda speaks at many conferences and frequently comments on criminal cases for television, radio and print media, including The Washington PostThe Philadelphia InquirerLaw 360The Legal IntelligencerThe New Yorker, Sirius XM Radio Dan Abrams’ Show, and CBS Philly.

Representative Experience

  • Conducted internal investigation regarding allegations of serious misconduct and facilitated the Board in fulfilling its duty of care by implementing timely remedial measures.
  • Obtained favorable resolution for corporate client in False Claims Act case with no federal debarment and no criminal charges filed.
  • Expeditiously resolved an SEC investigation into alleged unfair municipal trading practices with payment of a modest fine and no loss of license.
  • Obtained immunity agreements in grand jury investigations for clients with criminal exposure.
  • Achieved dismissal of Title IX case against student at elite college who had been accused of sexual assault.
  • Represented medical doctor criminally charged with sexually assaulting vulnerable patients and obtained probationary sentence.
  • Represented teacher accused of sexually assaulting special needs student and obtained declination from prosecutor.
  • Served as Special Counsel by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and conducted sensitive  investigations of high level judges accused of judicial misconduct.
  • In multi-million dollar bankruptcy fraud prosecution obtained sentence well below Sentencing Guidelines and client was released after just 3 months imprisonment.
  • Conducted protracted criminal jury trial involving complex fraud allegations in biodiesel industry challenging government’s regulations as unconstitutionally void for vagueness.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Task Force Member, State-wide Investigating Grand Jury Task Force, appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2017-19)
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association – Member of Thought Leadership Team and Philadelphia Chapter Secretary
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Federal Criminal Law Committee
  • Member, Law360 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board (2016)
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions for the Third Circuit (2006 – 07)

Speeches & Presentations

  • Panelist, Brainstorming Session about PPP Criminal Loan Fraud Investigations and Cases, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, January 2021
  • Moderator, "Federal Courts in the Time of COVID:  A View from the Bench", Women's White Collar Defense Association, October, 2020.
  • Panelist, "Whistleblowers: The Challenges, Risks, Rewards, and Protections", PBI, November, 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of White Collar/Government Investigations, 2019 -2021.
  • 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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  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Newark
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Rutgers College - New Brunswick
    • High Distinction in History
    • Phi Beta Kappa

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