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May 1, 2024

Hon. Herbert B. Hoffman, Ret.

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The depth of Judge Herbert Hoffman’s legal, judicial, and ADR experience over 25 years 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.”

Since 1998, Judge 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 for which he was well suited 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, as well as 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.

Judge Hoffman served as president of the San Diego County Judges Association from 1994-1995 and he served on the California State Federal Judicial Council from 1988-1996. He served as an Emeritus Board Member for the American Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), San Diego Chapter. Judge Hoffman has been selected several times by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Neutrals. 619-814-1966


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