Addition Enhances Firm’s Compliance and Regulatory Services for Pharmaceutical Clients and Other Key Industries
July 25, 2016 – New York, NY – Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in compliance, investigations and risk management, expanded its regulatory team with the appointment of former Novartis Services, Inc. General Counsel Steven Sokolow as a senior managing director. A 24-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Sokolow has deep experience working on matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, corporate governance, internal investigations, and litigation. His appointment will support the firm’s efforts to expand compliance and monitoring services in the pharmaceutical industry and other key segments.
“We are committed to supporting our clients by bringing in industry leading talent with the depth of knowledge and expertise each has come to expect from our firm. Having a leader of Steve’s caliber on our team will immediately benefit our clients and expand our footprint in regulatory and compliance services specific to the pharmaceutical industry and elsewhere,” stated Chief Executive Officer Julie Myers Wood. “His impressive background and accomplishments are well-matched with our clients’ evolving needs.”
Recently, Sokolow was vice president and general counsel of Novartis Services where he oversaw litigation and investigations for its U.S. operating companies including Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz and Alcon. He transformed the company’s approach to investigations by streamlining processes and protocols with the agreement of government agencies that significantly reduced cost and resolution time. Sokolow established the litigation practice, investigations unit and eDiscovery program; oversaw product liability, commercial and antitrust matters; and led high-profile liability litigations for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He joined Novartis in 1997 following the merger between Ciba-Geigy Corporation and Sandoz. At Ciba-Geigy he was an attorney and oversaw outside counsel for employment, product liability, environmental and commercial matters.
Earlier in his career, Sokolow spent five years with the law firms Christy & Veiner and Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He began his legal career with the New York County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney serving under District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau.
Sokolow received his Juris Doctor from New York University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude. He is a member of the Citizens Crime Commission and Penn Alumni.