Sozi Tulante is General Counsel of Form Energy and leads Form’s global legal, compliance, and ethics functions, as well as provides strategic counsel on Form’s commercial, legislative, and policy efforts.
Prior to working at Form Energy, Sozi was a partner in the litigation department at Dechert LLP, where he advised clients, such as boards of directors and corporate management, on high-stakes government and regulatory issues. Before working at Dechert, he served as Philadelphia City Solicitor from 2016 to 2018. In that role, he was general counsel for the City’s workforce of 25,000 and population of 1.5 million and was in charge of all of Philadelphia’s legal affairs, including contracting, environmental issues, intellectual property, outside counsel expenditures, and litigation touching on every aspect of the City’s functions. As Solicitor, he led the approximately 215 lawyers of the Philadelphia Law Department and an operating budget of over $15 million and worked closely with the Mayor and City Council on a variety of critical issues. He established the Department’s first Diversity Committee and hired 78 attorneys, of whom over 50% were racially diverse. Sozi is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. Through his prior experience, he has extensive experience with legislation and policy at the local, state, and federal levels.
His innovative legal work at the City and Dechert has repeatedly been recognized by: Philadelphia Magazine ( “100 Most Influential Philadelphians” in 2016) the Legal Intelligencer (as one of three finalists for “Attorney of the Year” in 2018); the Philadelphia Inquirer (as one of “25 Legal Influencers” in 2018); University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (as the top adjunct professor, in 2020); the American Lawyer (as “Litigator of the Week” in September 2021); Savoy (“Most Influential Black Lawyers” in 2022); and Chambers (as a finalist for “Diversity & Inclusion: Lawyer of the Year” in 2022 and for white-collar work and investigations in 2021 and 2022).
Sozi sits on the Board of Directors for Leadership Philadelphia, the Wistar Institute, and the American Inn of Court at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He also previously worked with the Reconciliation Steering Committee to advise Philadelphia in addressing the systemic inequities following the murder of George Floyd. In this capacity, Sozi served on the six-member Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council to advise the governor on redistricting principles.
Mr. Tulante is a refugee from then Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), learned English in the Philadelphia public schools, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, both times with honors.