At Ross Feller Casey, Dr. Hoffman, now a partner, handles medical malpractice cases with a focus on mass-tort litigation involving dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Prior to joining Ross Feller Casey, he was instrumental in successfully litigating and resolving mass-tort actions involving Denture Cream, Vioxx, and other pharmaceutical and medical devices. His background in the biological sciences and medicine was highly valued, and he was key in developing several of the scientific theories in these cases.
Dr. Hoffman, as lead or co-counsel, also has an impressive list of seven- and eight-figure victories in a wide range of other cases, from medical malpractice to birth injury to civil rights litigation.
In all, his work on those and other mass-tort cases has led to the recovery of more than $100 million for his clients.
- $25 million in a wrongful death case involving the failure to diagnose a postoperative arrhythmia (complete heart block) in a coronary artery bypass graft patient
- $20 million in a wrongful death case involving a postoperative chest infection (mediastinitis) in a heart-valve replacement patient
- $20 million in a case involving the failure to timely deliver a baby with fetal distress leading to severe cerebral palsy
- $19 million in a living-donor transplantation case involving the failure to diagnose an intestinal perforation leading to sepsis, shock, and a subsequent leg amputation
- $10.5 million in a case involving the strangulation death of a child by personnel at a juvenile residential detention center
- $9 million in “on-table” liver transplant deaths
- $7 million in a blood donation case leading to hypovolemia, syncope, and quadriplegia from a neck injury
- $3 million in a failure to diagnose eclampsia leading to fetal distress and neurological injuries
Dr. Hoffman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Amherst College, his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and his J.D. and Master of Bioethics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine, respectively. He trained in general surgery at Harvard University; pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston and the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children; and transplant surgery at Cambridge University in England under Sir Roy Calne.
Dr. Hoffman received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he continues to serve on the Adjunct Faculty. He also is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He recently earned his M.B.A. degree from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, with a particular interest in innovative business models, value-stream mapping, statistics and economics, and valuation.
Prior to attending law school, Dr. Hoffman was an academic liver and kidney transplant surgeon and general pediatric and trauma surgeon at Tufts University and the Kiwanis Trauma Institute in Boston, MA. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1988 to 2002. From 1990 to 1991, Dr. Hoffman served as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Consultant Surgeon at the National Naval Medicine Center during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. His last military assignment prior to leaving the Army at the rank of Colonel (O-6) was as a Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO) to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served on the military academy interview committee for then Senator Rick Santorum, and interviewed West Point admission candidates from metropolitan Philadelphia area high schools.
From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Hoffman served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as an attending surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is internationally recognized for his research and clinical work in pediatric trauma, hepato-biliary and liver transplant surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, and the surgical management of complex congenital malformations. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on a variety of medical topics, and is currently an invited author for textbook chapters on cardioethics and transplantation.
Dr. Hoffman was appointed by federal judges to national Plaintiffs Steering Committees in cases involving Testosterone replacement therapy drugs (before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), and the anticoagulant drug Xarelto (before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana). He also was recently appointed to the national Science Committee involving Talcum powder products (before the U.S. District Court in New Jersey).
As a member of those three committees, Dr. Hoffman will play integral leadership roles in shaping plaintiff’s cases as those mass tort cases progress.
In February 2015, The Legal Intelligencer named Dr. Hoffman among the 10 Top Lateral Hires for 2014. The nation’s oldest legal journal said the selection took into account the effect Dr. Hoffman’s departure had on his former firm, the impact it represented for Ross Feller Casey and “the buzz around the market when the move took place.” Read story here
Dr. Hoffman routinely lectures at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on medical professionalism and medical malpractice, and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on law and the role of the Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. He has been an invited lecturer or Visiting Professor at surgical programs in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), and the American College of Legal Medicine (FCLM). He is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and the American Association of Military Surgeons.
He is admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the bar associations of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.