Nacho Sofo is a trial lawyer representing clients in high-stakes litigation and arbitration. His practice covers a variety of areas, including products liability, false claims act, and breach-of-contract disputes. Most recently, Nacho led a Bartlit Beck team in a complete trial victory for Trinity Industries Leasing Company.
Nacho is dedicated to fostering a more inclusive legal community. Through his leadership of the firm's Diversity Fellowship, he empowers aspiring lawyers who have showcased a dedication to diversity in the legal profession.
Before joining Bartlit Beck, Nacho clerked for Judge Michelle T. Friedland of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge John Z. Lee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Nacho graduated from The University of Chicago Law School where he was a Managing Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.
Nacho was born and raised in Bariloche, Argentina.
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Trinity Industries Leasing Company v. Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals (Dallas County, Texas)
Trial counsel for Trinity in a breach-of-contract case relating to the lease of 280 railcars to Sunoco. After a four-day jury trial in Dallas County Court, the judge granted a motion for directed verdict in Trinity's favor, ruling that Sunoco had breached the contract by failing to pay for government-mandated modifications to the railcars.
Rauner v. Kirkpatrick (Confidential AAA Arbitration, Chicago) and Kirkpatrick v. Rauner (Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois)
Represented Bruce Rauner (former Illinois Governor and former managing partner of private equity firm GTCR) in arbitration related to his investment as a limited partner in a private equity fund. The dispute centered on whether the general partner (Kirkpatrick) breached his fiduciary duties by deviating from the partnership agreement's waterfall provision. The case was tried to a final arbitral award, but the results are confidential. Kirkpatrick attempted to litigate a portion of the dispute in the Cook County Circuit Court, but we successfully moved to compel arbitration.
ET Plus Litigation
National counsel for defendants, Trinity Industries and Trinity Highway Products, in litigation alleging personal injuries from Trinity's ET Plus guardrail end terminal system.
Education & Honors
The University of Chicago Law School, 2014, J.D., with Honors
Managing Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
Pennsylvania State University, 2011, B.S., Mathematics, cum laude; B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude
- Honorable John Z. Lee, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015-2016
- Honorable Michelle T. Friedland, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014-2015