Attorney - Eric Hoffman

Attorney:

Eric Hoffman
Attorney at Law
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6951
F: 404-954-5020
E: ehoffman@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Eric represents both private and public employers and individuals a variety of employment matters. He has represented and successfully defended employers in Title VII claims based upon claims of discrimination and retaliation. He has represented entities before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), other governmental agencies, and in Georgia courts. Eric also advises and represents clients and employers on employee separation matters, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, trade secret and confidentially issues, and related matters.

Practice Areas

Education

Eric’s education litigation practice includes the representation of public and private schools, school districts, and colleges and universities throughout Georgia. He also represents professional educators and administrators in matters concerning their employment status and professional certifications. Eric has experience representing educational institutions in a variety of matters including employment disputes, Title VI, Title IX, civil rights litigation, threat assessment and crisis management, student discipline issues, and other matters in civil litigation. He has also represented institutions in state and federal investigations.
As a former education administrator, Eric possesses unique training and experience in education matters and uses those skills for the benefit of all of his clients. As a former student conduct administrator, he can call upon his extensive experience to represent institutions defending student disciplinary actions. Eric also has extensive experience with campus threat assessment and crisis management teams and has presented and published on the topic. He can represent your institution in matters related to threat assessment and crisis management, and/or consult with your institution on campus threat assessment.
Recent successes include:
Successful representation of private K-12 institutions in premises liability suits by a student and visitor to campus
Obtaining dismissal of EEOC Complaint and Charge of violating Title VII discrimination charge by employee against public school district

Employment

Eric represents employers in Title VII claims for discrimination and retaliation. He has represented entities before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and in Georgia courts. He has successfully defended employers on sex, race, and national origin discrimination claims and retaliation claims. Eric also advises and represents clients on employee separation matters and related issues.

General Liability

Eric represents public and private entities through all phases of liability litigation, including investigations, motion practice, depositions, hearings, mediations, and summary adjudication. Eric’s practice includes the representation of homeowner’s and community associations, retail establishments, construction and  trucking companies, and businesses in professional auto liability claims, including fleet vehicles and company cars and car rental facilities. 
Recent successes include:
Securing the dismissal of various claims against a community association and individual Board members

Governmental Liability

Eric's practice also includes the representation and defense of local governmental entities including counties and municipalities in a variety of matters. Specifically, he has worked with governmental entities in employment related claims, § 1983 claims, and federal agency investigations.

Education

J.D., Georgia State University, summa cum laude

M.S.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Old Dominion University
B.A., History, The Pennsylvania State University

Admitted

Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Membership

Order of the Coif

Publications

Taking A Bullet: Are Colleges Exposing Themselves to Tort Liability By Attempting To Save Their Students? Georgia State University Law Review 29 GA. ST. U. L. REV. 539 (2013)
Division of Archives and History: Amend O.C.G.A. § 45-13-51, Relating to the Division of Archives and History, so as to Revise the Provisions of Law Regarding Foundations of American Law and Government Displays; Georgia State University Law Review  (co-authored by Carly Alford) 29 GA. ST. U. L. REV. 214 (2012)

Presentations

"Now What: Student Threat Assessments," State Bar of Georgia – School and College Law Section, April 2015