Jessica L. Soto

Counsel

Jessica L. Soto

Counsel

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Jessica Soto is counsel in Ropes & Gray’s Litigation and Enforcement practice group. She focuses on internal and government investigations and risk assessments for multinational companies. Her clients include medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, educational and religious institutions, financial services companies, portfolio companies, and individuals. Jessica advises her clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), U.S. Bankruptcy Code, state consumer protection statutes, and federal and state laws pertaining to sexual misconduct and workplace harassment. Jessica also advises clients regarding advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recently, she conducted a policies and practices review for a high-profile association, which informed its efforts to implement a comprehensive multi-year diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.

Jessica has been a member of several criminal and civil trial teams. In this role, she manages discovery, engages in motion practice, prepares clients and witnesses for interviews and testimony, takes and defends depositions, and develops trial strategy. Jessica also assists clients with alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

Jessica maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, survivors of child sex trafficking, and asylum seekers. In 2018, she traveled to the Texas border to meet immigrant families separated pursuant to the “zero tolerance” policy and continues to represent them through their immigration proceedings. Additionally, Jessica serves on multiple boards, including as Vice-Chair of Por Cristo, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and well-being of underserved children and mothers in Ecuador.

During law school, Jessica was an extern at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Domestic Violence Bureau and served as a research and teaching assistant for the Bureau Chief, Scott E. Kessler. Prior to attending law school, Jessica was a middle school teacher for three years.

Experience

  • Conducted comprehensive review of non-profit association of journalists and photographers, including policies, membership processes, operations, and governance. Also reviewed the organization’s alignment with industry best practices in various areas, including racial inclusion. Work informed implementation of comprehensive, multi-year, diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
  • Represented organizations and individuals challenging government policies designed to rollback progress on inclusion at federal agencies and their contractors, securing a preliminary injunction against the government. 
  • Secured a dismissal with prejudice of a $30 million lawsuit against global venture capital firms.
  • Advised a U.S.-based financial services company on tax matter and corresponding criminal investigation by foreign authorities into allegations of bribery and collusion. Tax matter resolved favorably and investigation closed without criminal charges.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Chilean salmon farming company following accusations that it had reported false data and caused environmental damage.No criminal action taken against company.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in federal investigations of compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations. Resolved without penalties.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in state consumer protection investigations related to direct-to-consumer advertisements. Favorable settlement reached.
  • Represented health care company in qui tam action alleging violations of FCA and AKS. Favorable settlement reached.
  • Represents multinational medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in an FCPA investigation by domestic and international regulators. Favorable resolutions reached.
  • Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company regarding allegations involving a clinical study site in Latin America.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a global life sciences company following seizure by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).
  • Advising a global life sciences company on ongoing investigations by Brazilian authorities into public tenders. 

Publications

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch in Criminal Defense: White Collar (2021-2022)

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