Ian Hoffman is a first-chair trial lawyer who practices complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Hoffman has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the Washington, DC Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Hoffman represents a wide variety of clients, including financial services institutions; international organizations, foreign corporations, foreign sovereigns; individual corporate officers and directors; and various other business entities.

Mr. Hoffman handles all phases of complex civil litigation, including early case assessment and investigation, dispositive motions practice, discovery, e-discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial preparation, trial, and appeal. Mr. Hoffman also maintains a diverse pro bono practice, including litigation addressing disability rights and the First Amendment Establishment Clause.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hoffman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, Senior Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division).

Experience

  • Johnson Controls. Successfully defended various Johnson Controls entities against over $15 million claimed damages related to an energy efficient shelter project at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Also presented a successful non-payment counterclaim. Following trial, the Court denied all of the plaintiff's claims and awarded Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems $6.599 million in damages. Technology and Supply Management LLC v. Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC, et al., 2017 WL 3219281 (E.D. Va. July 28, 2017).
  • Deaf Civil Rights Litigation. Successfully pursued constitutional and statutory claims against the US Bureau of Prisons based on the BOP's failure to provide a deaf inmate with American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations needed to allow him to communicate with family and friends outside of prison. After district court granted summary judgment in favor of the BOP, won reversal in the Fourth Circuit in a first of its kind 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). Following remand, achieved a court-enforceable settlement favorably resolving nearly all claims, preserving one claim for trial, and awarding $100,000 in legal fees and expenses. Conducted trial on First Amendment claim in first chair capacity.
  • FHFA. Prevailed at the trial and appellate levels 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. The shareholders demanded that Treasury return over $100 billion in dividends Treasury received as part of that funding agreement. Multiple courts, including the DC Circuit, rejected those requests for injunctive and declaratory relief, agreeing with FHFA that all such requests are barred by federal law. Perry Capital LLC v. Mnuchin, 864 F.3d 591, 598 (D.C. Cir. 2017); Roberts v. FHFA, 243 F. Supp. 3d 950 (N.D. Ill. 2017); Saxton v. FHFA, 245 F. Supp. 3d 1063 (N.D. Iowa 2017); Robinson v. FHFA, 223 F. Supp. 3d 659 (E.D. Ky. 2016).
  • 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).

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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