Steve Sokolow is a senior managing director in the New York office of Guidepost Solutions. He has a 24-year background working in the pharmaceutical industry; advising executive leadership; and working on matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), corporate governance, internal investigations, and litigation.
During his time at Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Sokolow has brought his industry knowledge and expertise to many varying client projects. He led two teams working on a monitorship of a major automotive manufacturer and also led several corporate investigations, while simultaneously being brought on as the interim head of investigations for a global consumer goods company. In this role, he reviewed cases proposed by the company’s investigators for closure, directed additional work, and conducted several training sessions. Mr. Sokolow successfully transitioned the new permanent head of investigations into the role, but continues to assist as needed.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Sokolow was vice president and general counsel of Novartis Services Inc. where he oversaw litigation and investigations for its U.S. operating companies including Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz and Alcon; managed its New York office operations; and advised the parent company, a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical group. He also served as lead counsel on FCPA matters and managed internal and government investigations. Mr. Sokolow is credited with transforming the company’s approach to investigations by developing streamlined processes and protocols with the agreement of government agencies that significantly reduced cost and resolution time. During his tenure, he established the litigation practice, investigations unit and eDiscovery program; oversaw product liability, commercial and antitrust matters; and led high-profile product liability litigations specifically for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Sokolow joined Novartis in 1997 following the merger between Ciba-Geigy Corporation and Sandoz. At Ciba-Geigy he was an attorney responsible for overseeing outside counsel for litigations covering employment, product liability, environmental and commercial matters.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Sokolow spent five years in private practice with two prestigious law firms in New York City, 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 and tried more than 30 cases.
Mr. Sokolow shares his expertise with others as a speaker and panelist at continuing legal education seminars.