James Hoffman is a corporate, bankruptcy and litigation attorney. Mr. Hoffman focuses his practice in the areas of representing various business types, particularly closely held businesses and also has a broad base of experience representing creditors, trustees and debtors in bankruptcy cases and litigation.
In his business practice, Mr. Hoffman represents businesses through their life cycles from creation, to formulating employment and shareholders agreements, creating contracts, collecting debts and closing the business through sale or liquidation.
Mr. Hoffman has represented nine different Chapter 7 trustees, and several Chapter 11 trustees and receivers. Thus, he is “a lawyer’s lawyer.” He has been involved in handling a broad range of litigation before state courts, including disputes involving complex commercial litigation, breach of contract actions, and collection actions.
Mr. Hoffman has experience handling matters on behalf of creditors in many states. He is general counsel for a client that transacts a regulated business in 17 states as well as other clients that do business in multiple states involving diverse issues. For example:
- Mr. Hoffman expedited injunctive relief on behalf of a client before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The client alleged in the Complaint that a former franchisee had, among other things, violated federal trademark law, engaged in unfair competition, and violated the franchise agreement. The order granting injunctive relief was entered less than one (1) month after the filing of the Complaint and pleadings with the Court, and the Office of the U.S. Marshals were available to assist Mr. Hoffman and Jerry’s enforce the Court’s order.
- Mr. Hoffman represents a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in the pursuit of assets and the investigation of more than a hundred million dollars of claims. The bankruptcy trustee commenced the case with no liquid assets. Ultimately, general unsecured creditors were paid 100% of their allowed claims.
- Together with another attorney, he assisted a corporate client to acquire a judgment having a value of more than $3.1 million. The case thereafter resolved amicably.
Prior to bringing his expertise as a bankruptcy lawyer to Offit Kurman, Mr. Hoffman had been a senior partner within the largest law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland, before leaving after a twenty-year tenure.
- J.D., University of Maryland, 1985
- B.A. (cum laude), James Madison University, 1982
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- District of Columbia
- Served and continues to serve as a director for organizations
- Served as a director of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland for multiple years
- Served as chairman of the Chapter 13 Committee for the same Association for three (3) consecutive terms
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