Ms. Hoffmann began her appellate career as an associate with Druck, Grimmett, Norman, Weaver & Scherer from 1974 to 1977, when she established her own firm. She is admitted to practice in all Florida courts as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Since 1974, she has been sole or lead appellate counsel in hundreds of civil appeals, with over 350 reported opinions to date.
Professional Recognition and Associations:
Ms. Hoffmann became Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in appellate practice in 1994, the first year that certification became available in that field. She is rated by her peers in the Martindale-Hubbell directory as “av” or “pre-eminent”, which is the highest rating of legal skill and ethics. In addition, she has been selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers publication each year since 2008.
Recognition of her involvement in Bar activities includes selection by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instruction Committee, which formulates pattern jury instructions for use in civil cases. Ms. Hoffmann received the Chief Justice’s Commendation for exemplary service to civil justice in recognition of her fifteen years of service on that committee, a statewide group which consists of selected attorneys and judges. She also served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Seventeenth Circuit for several years, as well as chairing the appellate courts committee of the Broward County Bar Association, and she has also served on the Board of Governors of the Broward County Trial Lawyers’ Association.
Ms. Hoffmann served as a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Justice Association and served on its Amicus Curiae Committee for nine years. She was also a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar and was a charter member of that section. She was the co-founder of the Broward County Association of Women Lawyers in 1980 and served as its Secretary/Treasurer.
As a result of her contribution in providing case law updates over the years to local bar associations, Ms. Hoffmann received the Broward County Bar Association President’s Award in 2011. She has also received the Broward County Trial Lawyers’ Continuing Legal Education Award for presenting case law updates at its monthly meetings for over ten years. She continues to contribute a monthly column summarizing recent developments in the law for both the Broward Barristerm and the Broward County Justice Association newsletters.
– Note, “The Polygraph: Scientific v. Judicial Acceptance,” 27 Univ. of Miami L.Rev. 1 (1972).
– “Civil Procedure, 1971-1973 survey of Florida Law,” 28 Univ. of Miami L.Rev. 2 (1974).
– “Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers,” Broward Barrister, September, 1981.
“Florida Standard Jury Instructions on Damages,” Florida Civil Practice
Damages, Ch. 13 (Fla. Bar CLE 1994, 1998).
– “Disqualifying Counsel,” AFTL Journal, Nov./Dec. 2006.
– “Recent Developments in the Law,” Broward Barrister (monthly case law
– Broward County Justice Association newsletter (monthly articles)