Jessica L. Soto
Jessica Soto, an associate in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group, focuses her work on internal investigations and risk assessments for multinational companies and on complex civil and criminal litigation. Her clients include medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, educational and religious institutions, financial services companies, portfolio companies, and individuals. Jessica advises them on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Title IX, state consumer protection statutes, and state fraud and conspiracy laws.
Jessica assists companies in navigating government and internal investigations, counseling with regard to risks involved in transactions, and developing, enhancing, and implementing their global compliance programs. Currently, Jessica is assisting several clients as they navigate corruption and bribery risks arising from COVID-19. Jessica also serves as the associate lead for the firm’s Enforcement Express, an interactive website offering resources relating to corruption risks and enforcement environments worldwide. As associate lead, Jessica supported the creation and launch of the interactive map feature, which provides instant access to regularly updated profiles of relevant laws, enforcement regimes, and risk developments in more than 40 countries across the globe. She also manages work steams to create, publish, and distribute thought leadership on a wide range of topics.
Additionally, Jessica has been a member of several trial teams, both civil and criminal. In this role, she manages discovery, prepares clients and witnesses for interviews and testimony, and takes and defends depositions. Jessica also drafts pre-trial motions and examination outlines, and develops and implements trial strategy.
Jessica conducts trainings for clients and colleagues on topics including the FCPA and other anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, dawn raids, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She also presents about her high-profile cases and identifying and disrupting implicit bias.
Jessica maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent defendants in federal criminal cases through the firm’s participation in the Criminal Justice Act program and representing human trafficking survivors in federal civil cases. Her work with trafficking survivors was featured in the documentary “I am Jane Doe.” She has also represented non-profit organizations and individuals in voting rights and First Amendment litigation. In 2018, she travelled to the Texas border to meet and represent immigrant families separated pursuant to the “zero tolerance” policy and continues to represent them through their immigration proceedings.
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.
- 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.
- Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company in investigating allegations involving a study site in Latin America.
- Conducting an internal investigation for a global life sciences company following a seizure by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).
- Advising a global life sciences company on ongoing investigations by Brazilian authorities into public tenders.
- Represents multinational medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in an FCPA investigation by domestic and international regulators. Favorable resolutions reached.
- Represents health care companies in government investigations and qui tam actions alleging violations of FCA and AKS. Favorable settlements reached.
- Co-author, “FCPA Resource Guide Second Edition in Practice,” The Anti-Corruption Report (January 20, 2021)
- Featured, “Ropes & Gray and Lambda Legal Secure Preliminary Injunction in Case Challenging Trump Administration Ban on Diversity Trainings,” Ropes & Gray Alert (December 23, 2020)
- Co-author, “The Controversial Conviction of the Citgo 6: a New Wave of Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Venezuela?” Ropes & Gray Alert (December 4, 2020)
- Co-author, “Cracks in the Foundation: Sargeant Marine Inc. Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay $16mm for Bribery Schemes,” Ropes & Gray Alert (September 23, 2020)
- Co-author, “Four Years and Almost $4 Billion: Airbus Corruption Investigations End with Sky-High Fine,” Ropes & Gray Alert (January 31, 2020)
- JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2011; editor, Columbia Law Review
- BA, cum laude, honors in both majors, Yale University, 2005
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2015
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2014
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2021)