Ian Hoffman practices complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the 2015 and 2014 editions of 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).


  • 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).
  • FHFA. Prevailed at trial and appellate levels on behalf of FHFA and its substitution in place of shareholders seeking to pursue derivative claims for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Kellmer v. Raines, 674 F.3d 848 (D.C. Cir. 2012); Louisiana Mun. Police Employees Ret. Sys. v. FHFA, 434 F. App'x 188 (4th Cir. May 5, 2011).
  • 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).


Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Business Litigation (2014-2017)


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

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