Overview

Linda Dale Hoffa is recognized as one of Philadelphia’s leading white-collar defense lawyers and chairs Dilworth’s Criminal Law 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 is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Both organizations offer invitation-only admission after a rigorous vetting process to elite trial lawyers who have achieved a career of excellence and demonstrated superior trial skills, and who possess outstanding character, absolute integrity, and consummate professionalism.

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 was the Chair of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group at the U.S. Department of Justice and worked in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for five-term incumbent U.S. Senator Arlen Specter as his Senior Criminal Counsel. Earlier in her DOJ 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 DOJ, Linda worked for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the Executive Office, reporting directly to the 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 criminal-related issues for all Commonwealth agencies.

She is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and previously taught trial advocacy at Temple University School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, and Tsinghua University in Beijing China. Linda speaks at many conferences and frequently comments on criminal cases for television, radio, and print media, including CBS and NBC News, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Law 360, The Legal Intelligencer, The New Yorker, and Sirius XM Radio Dan Abrams’ Show.

Representative Experience

  • Secured a significant victory for client when US Supreme Court granted petition for certiorari and vacated client’s judgment of conviction, resulting in client’s immediate release from prison.
  • Obtained declinations and immunity agreements in federal and state grand jury investigations for clients facing prosecution.
  • Obtained favorable resolution for clients in False Claims Act cases with no debarment and no criminal charges filed.
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations regarding allegations of misconduct and prepared corporate compliance programs.
  • Expeditiously resolved an SEC investigation into alleged unfair municipal trading practices with payment of a modest fine and no loss of license.
  • 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.
  • Achieved dismissal of Title IX case against university student who had been accused of sexual assault; obtained dismissal of code of conduct violations for group of students accused of cheating.
  • Served as Special Counsel for the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and conducted several investigations of high-level judges accused of judicial misconduct.
  • In federal bankruptcy fraud prosecution obtained sentence well below Sentencing Guidelines and client was released after just 3 months’ imprisonment.
  • Conducted protracted federal 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

  • What the Bobby Henon and Johnny Doc Convictions Could Mean for the Kenyatta Johnson Trial,” NBC Philadelphia, (November 2021).
  • Linda Dale Hoffa & Lorraine Marie Simonis, “Pa. is Leading the Way on Pardon Reform | Opinion,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, (June 2021).
  • 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

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, inducted 2022
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of White Collar/Government Investigations, 2019-2022
  • 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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Representative Experience

  • Secured a significant victory for client when US Supreme Court granted petition for certiorari and vacated client’s judgment of conviction, resulting in client’s immediate release from prison.
  • Obtained declinations and immunity agreements in federal and state grand jury investigations for clients facing prosecution.
  • Obtained favorable resolution for clients in False Claims Act cases with no debarment and no criminal charges filed.
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations regarding allegations of misconduct and prepared corporate compliance programs.
  • Expeditiously resolved an SEC investigation into alleged unfair municipal trading practices with payment of a modest fine and no loss of license.
  • 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.
  • Achieved dismissal of Title IX case against university student who had been accused of sexual assault; obtained dismissal of code of conduct violations for group of students accused of cheating.
  • Served as Special Counsel for the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and conducted several investigations of high-level judges accused of judicial misconduct.
  • In federal bankruptcy fraud prosecution obtained sentence well below Sentencing Guidelines and client was released after just 3 months’ imprisonment.
  • Conducted protracted federal criminal jury trial involving complex fraud allegations in biodiesel industry challenging government’s regulations as unconstitutionally void for vagueness.

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