CHICAGO, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced the continued expansion of its Chicago office with the addition of Paul C. Lillios, former federal administrative law judge and assistant U.S. attorney. With decades of federal court and federal agency experience, Lillios joins Akerman as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group.
Lillios' practice includes representing clients in business disputes, healthcare fraud and abuse matters, and white collar crime and government investigations. Throughout his career, Paul has managed a myriad of litigation as well as the responses to congressional investigations and inquiries, interacting with members of Congress in the process. Paul has tried both civil and criminal bench and jury trials, and personally argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals, while in the U.S. Attorney's office.
"Akerman is widely regarded for its premier trial team," said Lillios. "I look forward to working alongside such a formidable group of lawyers, assisting clients faced with complex litigation and sensitive investigation matters at both the corporate and government levels."
Lillios was first appointed as an administrative law judge for the U.S. Social Security Administration in 1994. He was later named Chicago Hearing Office Chief Administrative Judge in 1995. In 1997, he became the regional chief administrative law judge of Chicago where he served for 13 years, supervising more than 160 administrative law judges and 1,000 attorneys, paralegals and support staff. In 2010, he assumed national responsibility and became the associate chief administrative law judge of the U.S. Social Security Administration, where he assisted the chief administrative law judge and deputy chief administrative law judge in overseeing the disability hearings process across the country. In this capacity, Lillios also was responsible for ethics and compliance issues, judicial discipline and cases concerning lawyer and representative misconduct. He also served as a senior advisor on disability fraud at the Office of the Inspector General, where he created a pilot proposal to establish a special investigations unit to investigate fraud and other crimes and to recommend criminal prosecution for offenses involving disability fraud.
Prior to his initial appointment as judge, Lillios served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Edward J. MacManus, U.S. District Judge for Iowa's Northern District.
About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 20 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal NLJ 350 (2013). Akerman also is ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2013). More information can be found at akerman.com or twitter.com/akerman_law.
Akerman's Litigation Practice Group is recognized nationally by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the Commercial Litigation category. The firm's team has vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, including actions involving banking, securities, healthcare, insurance, real estate and construction.
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