Paul C. Lillios began his career in the legal profession with a prestigious appointment as a law clerk to a federal judge. Following completion of his one-year clerkship, he received an appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he represented the United States and numerous federal agencies in both criminal and civil cases.
In 1994, Paul was appointed as a United States Administrative Law Judge. Serving on the bench for over twenty years, Paul’s final position was as the Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge of the United States Social Security Administration. In that position, Paul helped manage and supervise the nationwide administrative adjudicative hearings process staffed by nearly 1,600 federal administrative law judges and several thousand attorneys and employees across the country. As the Associate Chief Judge, Paul’s executive duties also included direction of disciplinary investigations, adjudication of attorney and representative ethics and professional misconduct cases, oversight of internal investigations and provision of advice and counsel on a wide range of ethics and compliance issues.
During his final year as a Judge, Paul partially stepped away from his judicial duties to serve as senior advisor on Disability Fraud in the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General. In that capacity, Paul created a pilot project establishing a special investigations unit comprised of federal law enforcement agents, auditors and intelligence analysts. This new unit, as supported by Congressional action, has now been expanded and made operational across the United States, with its mission to investigate and prosecute offenders related to organized fraud in the federal disability insurance programs.
Following his retirement from the bench, Paul first returned to the practice of law as a partner of a national law firm and as of counsel to another, where he counseled corporate executives and board directors in complex business, ethics and compliance matters, conducted internal and EEO investigations and presided over commercial arbitration hearings. Paul now brings his substantial public sector executive experience and his program integrity, ethics and compliance background to Sutter, where he primarily works with investors, companies and local governments in providing oversight and monitoring of projects and investments associated with the federal government’s EB-5 foreign investment program, opportunity zones investments and other related endeavors. Paul maintains his law licenses in Illinois and Iowa and previously obtained professional designation as a certified ethics and compliance professional.