Ian Hoffman is a trial lawyer who represents clients in high stakes business disputes in courts across the country. Recognized as a "Rising Star" in the Washington, DC Super Lawyers magazine, Mr. Hoffman represents Fortune 500 companies, government contractors, financial services institutions, and individual corporate officers and directors. He has extensive experience in Virginia federal and state courts, including litigation in the "Rocket Docket" of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Hoffman handles breach of contract, fiduciary duty, fraud, and other actions arising in a variety of contexts including prime contractor vs. subcontractor disputes, private equity transactions, and primary and secondary mortgage markets. Mr. Hoffman also handles all phases of complex civil litigation, including early case assessment and investigation, dispositive motions practice, discovery, e-discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial, and appeal.

Mr. Hoffman maintains an active pro bono practice representing deaf clients in litigation seeking access to legally-required accommodations. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hoffman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, Senior Judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division).

Experience

  • Deaf Civil Rights Litigation. Successfully pursued claims against the US Bureau of Prisons based on their failure to provide a deaf inmate with American Sign Language interpreters and a videophone to allow him to communicate with family and friends outside of prison. Achieved first of its kind appellate opinion addressing the need for deaf inmates to use a videophone. Heyer v. United States Bureau of Prisons, 849 F.3d 202, 205 (4th Cir. 2017). Achieved court-enforceable settlement favorably resolving most claims and awarding $100,000 in legal fees and expenses. Conducted trial in first-chair capacity on client's First Amendment claim for access to a videophone.
  • CEO Litigation. Defending former CEO and board member in ongoing litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of bankruptcy of car haul company, with alleged damages exceeding $100 million.
  • Inverness Technologies. Obtained preliminary injunction for government contractor client that prohibited poaching of client's employees and enabled client to continue work on military training contract. Inverness Technologies, Inc., v. GBX Consultants, Inc., et al. No. CL-2018-0012618 (Va. Cir. Ct., Fairfax Co.).
  • Young Yi. Defended healthcare company founder and chief in two-week federal jury trial against on charges of Medicare fraud and tax evasion. US v. Yi, et al., No. 1:17-cr-224-LO (EDVA) (J. O'Grady).
  • Johnson Controls. Defended various Johnson Controls entities at trial against claimed damages related to a military project in Kuwait. Following trial, the Court denied all of the plaintiff's claims and awarded client $6.6 million in damages on its counterclaim. Technology and Supply Management LLC v. Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC, et al., 2017 WL 3219281 (E.D. Va. July 28, 2017).
  • FHFA. Prevailed at the trial and appellate levels in multiple circuits on behalf of FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, against various institutional shareholders' attempts to undo portions of the funding agreement between FHFA and the US Treasury, and unwind more than $100 billion in dividends paid to Treasury. Jacobs v. FHFA, 908 F.3d 884 (3d Cir. 2018); Saxton v. FHFA, 901 F.3d 954, 957 (8th Cir. 2018); Roberts v. FHFA, 889 F.3d 397, 402 (7th Cir. 2018); Perry Capital v. Mnuchin, 864 F.3d 591 (D.C. Cir. 2017). Defending FHFA in ongoing litigation over related money damages claims.
  • Aurora Loan Services. Successfully represented nationwide mortgage loan servicer in putative consumer class action suit concerning foreclosure forbearance agreements. Chao v. Aurora Loan Servs., LLC, 2015 WL 294823, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 21, 2015).
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Successfully defended foreign sovereign against alleged breach of contract and various torts. Defeated some claims on basis of immunity grounds; defeated remaining claims at trial. UNC Lear Services, Inc. v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 581 F.3d 210 (5th Cir. 2009); 720 F. Supp. 2d 800 (W.D. Tex. 2010).
  • Erdemir. Won dismissal of multiple lawsuits asserting claims for breach of contract against the Republic of Turkey's largest flat steel manufacturer. Corus Int'l Trading Ltd. v. Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari, T.A.S., 765 F. Supp. 2d 1079 (N.D. Ill. 2011); Tata Steel Int'l (N. Am.) Ltd., v. Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari, T.A.S., No. 4:11cv1820 (S.D. Tex. July 10, 2012).
  • FHFA. Prevailed at the trial and appellate levels on behalf of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in multiple lawsuits by state/local officials concerning PACE programs. County of Sonoma v. FHFA, 710 F.3d 987 (9th Cir. 2013); Leon Cnty., Fla. v. FHFA, 700 F.3d 1273 (11th Cir. 2012); Town of Babylon v. FHFA, 699 F.3d 221 (2d Cir. 2012).
  • Bank of America. Represented national bank in a putative reverse false claims act suit alleging the bank failed to report certain unclaimed funds belonging to other banks. State ex rel. McCann v. Bank of Am., N.A., 191 Cal. App. 4th 897, 120 Cal. Rptr. 3d 204 (2011).

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Recognition

Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Business Litigation, Banking, International Law (2014-2018)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, William & Mary Law School, 2007, Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of Virginia, 2004, with distinction
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Claude M. Hilton
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