Steve Sozio is co-leader of the Firm's Health Care Practice and the head of litigation for the Cleveland office. His practice involves the representation of businesses, health care organizations, and their employees during investigations by federal and local governmental authorities for potential criminal charges; prosecuting and defending civil actions on behalf of clients involved with allegations of fraud, false claims, and other business-related wrongdoing; and advising health care and corporate clients regarding compliance issues to avoid governmental sanctions.
Since joining Jones Day, Steve has represented corporations, hospitals, and executives that were the subjects of investigations by federal and local grand juries and/or regulatory agencies involving alleged health care fraud, defense contractor fraud, FCPA violations, SEC and securities fraud, HUD fraud, FDA actions, prevailing wage violations, import/export issues, federal campaign contribution violations, and economic espionage. He also has conducted many internal and external investigations on behalf of boards of directors and senior management.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Steve was an investigating prosecutor for the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio for 10 years. He has tried cases in federal court under the federal racketeering, criminal tax, money laundering, customs, fraud, public corruption, drug, forfeiture, and conspiracy laws.
He is an adjunct professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University where he has taught compliance, criminal procedure, and white-collar crime.
Community hospital resolves investigation regarding medical necessity of cardiology procedures
Medical device company defends investigations by U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI and FDA's Office of Criminal Investigation regarding 510K issues and representations to the FDA
Manufacturing company obtains declination of all criminal charges by DOJ and monetary settlement with SEC in parallel criminal/civil investigations for alleged fraud in financial statements
Honors & Distinctions
Recognized each of the past several years as one of the leading lawyers in his field by Chambers USA (Band 1), The Best Lawyers in America (bet the company litigation, white-collar criminal defense, health care litigation), and Ohio Super Lawyers
Law Clerk to Judge David D. Dowd Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1983 and 1984 terms)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland, Ohio (1989-2000)