David Hoffman is a partner at Sidley Austin and is the co-head of Sidleys White Collar Group in Chicago, where his practice focuses on complex litigation, internal investigations, and Department of Justice and SEC investigations.
Among other matters, he recently led an independent investigation for the American Psychological Association as to whether the APA issued ethical guidelines in collusion with the CIA and the Defense Department in relation to the involvement of psychologists in interrogations at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, resulting in an investigative report released publicly by the APA.
David is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. David served as a law clerk for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Judge Dennis G. Jacobs (U.S. Court Appeals for the Second Circuit).
From 1998 to 2005, David served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorneys Office in Chicago. David led investigations and prosecutions involving health care fraud, bank fraud, and other types of fraud, civil rights violations, organized gang conspiracies, and interstate weapons trafficking, among other matters. David served as a Deputy Chief in the U.S. Attorneys Office beginning in 2002, supervised the offices newly-created gang unit, served as co-head of the offices Project Safe Neighborhoods anti-gun-violence program, and was a recipient of the Justice Departments Directors Award.
From 2005 to 2009, David served as the Inspector General for the City of Chicago. David transformed the office into a strong, independent anti-corruption agency that for the first time conducted high-level criminal investigations, including large joint investigations with the U.S. Attorneys Office, the FBI, the Antitrust Section of DOJ, and federal Inspector General offices. In 2009, while Inspector General, David was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a Commissioner on the Illinois Reform Commission, the independent body created after the arrest of Governor Blagojevich to recommend anti-corruption and ethics reforms for Illinois.
David was a candidate for the United States Senate in 2010, placing second in the Democratic primary by a margin of 39% to 34%. David was endorsed by all the major daily newspapers in Illinois, with the Chicago Tribune calling him an incorruptible man who tells truth to power.
For the past six years, David has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches Public Corruption and the Law. Among civic and charitable positions, David serves on the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, co-chairs the Civil Rights Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation Leagues Midwest Chapter, and serves as an Advisory Board Member of the American Constitution Societys Chicago Lawyer Chapter. David received the John Gardner Public Service Award from Common Cause, the Champion of the Public Interest award from BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest), and was chosen for Crains 40 Under 40 in 2006.
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The report, which was obtained by <em>The New York Times</em> and has not previously been made public, is the result of a seven-month investigation by a team led by David Hoffman, a Chicago lawyer with the firm Sidley Austin at the request of the psychology associations board.
A scathing new report [named after David Hoffman, the former prosecutor who oversaw the investigation] reveals how the Defense Department and psychologists went in on what amounts to an undisclosed joint venture.
Reform proposals for Governor Quinn from the Illinois Reform Commission, of which Hoffman was a member. Among the recommendationshow to strengthen enforcement mechanisms in Illinois, including, amending and enhancing state laws to provide prosecutors and investigators with many of the same tools available to federal authorities.
The former inspector general and public-service vet took a position at Sidley Austin, and a teaching gig at the University of Chicago, after losing to Alexi Giannoulias in 2010. But dont count him out of public service for good.
In an interview with Bloomberg BNA, Hoffman says the APA case offers key lessons for companies caught in emerging scandals. He also says that the Justice Departments new policy on individual culpability may complicate matters, and that data breaches are a growing area for internal investigations.