Since 1998, Judge Herbert Hoffman has utilized his experience as a judge and trial lawyer to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge in a wide range of state and federal matters. During his tenure on the Superior Court in San Diego, he was appointed to the Federal Judicial Council, a role he was well suited for, having tried cases throughout the country for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Judge Hoffman has successfully resolved thousands of cases involving real estate, personal injury, professional liability, employment, medical malpractice, class action, insurance coverage, and bad faith plus business/commercial disputes including an international multi-million dollar case involving disputed royalties, before the International Court of Commerce in Paris. He also is frequently selected as a special master or discovery referee in numerous civil matters including the 'coordinated latex glove litigation' and multi-district litigation cases.
The depth of Judge Hoffman's legal, judicial, and ADR experience is immense. He has earned a reputation as a Judge who has encountered just about everything, a straight shooter, and a strong agent of reality. One prominent San Diego trial lawyer noted, "If the most important thing is truly to get your case settled, he's the go-to guy in this town." Many lawyers concur.
In his spare time, Judge Hoffman enjoys golfing, thoroughbred racing and dancing.
"Judge Hoffman was a pleasure to deal with and he zeroed in on the issues quickly and effectively. We thank him for his efforts."
- Attorney on a Business Commercial case
"I wanted to thank Judge Hoffman for his insight and persistence. My clients were very grateful for the sensitive and compassionate approach he demonstrated in mediating a very sensitive and compassionate matter."
- Attorney, Orange County, California
"Judge Hoffman did a great job on a difficult case."
- Attorney on a Business Contractual Fraud Case
"Judge Hoffman is wonderful! I had a tough client, and Judge Hoffman helped me manage the client’s expectations. He very effectively explained to my client the significant issues with the case, while simultaneously fighting to get my client fairly compensated. His years of experience as a trial attorney and judge make him extremely credible and effective with both clients and Counsel. Additionally, he truly loves what he does, which makes all the difference. He worked hard to get the case resolved, and he continued to follow- up after the mediation to keep facilitating settlement negotiations. I will absolutely use Judge Hoffman again, for both mediations and arbitrations. I am looking forward to it! "
- Attorney on a General Negligence case
"Judge Hoffman was simply outstanding, as always! I hope to have another case before him next month! "
- Attorney on a Banking Foreclosure dispute
"Judge Hoffman was very tenacious in bringing the parties together. A great experience."
- Attorney on a Real Property Transaction matter
"I would like to take a moment to thank Judge Hoffman for all his hard work. The compassion he showed my clients left a lasting impression on all of us in the room. And his creativity and tenacity led to resolution in a very challenged case."
- Attorney, San Diego, California
"Each of my colleagues agreed that [he is] one of the most skilled mediators they have met. We appreciate the incredible effort."
- Attorney on an Employment Breach of Contract Dispute
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