Sozi Pedro Tulante is a partner at Dechert LLP. Before this position, he spent over two years as the City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. As Solicitor, he and his staff represented the City in all lawsuits, advised the Mayor, City Council, and all departments, agencies, and commissions of the City. He also managed the 215 lawyers of the Philadelphia Law Department. During his tenure, he started the Department’s affirmative litigation practice, which filed innovative lawsuits in state and federal courts, including against Attorney General Jeff Sessions to challenge his efforts to withhold critical federal funds from Philadelphia based on the claim that it is a “sanctuary city.”
Before joining the City, he spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, where he represented the government in criminal investigations and prosecutions in narcotics and white-collar matters alongside the IRS, DEA, and FBI, and other federal law-enforcement agencies. Prior to entering government service, he was a partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia. He began his legal career as an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston and then clerked for the late Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
He has received multiple awards, including in 2018 from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia (the Honorable William F. Hall award), the Philadelphia Inquirer (as one of “25 Legal Influencers”), and the Legal Intelligencer (as one of three finalists for the “Attorney of the Year”).
Mr. Tulante is also currently a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania.