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Paul L. Hoffman

Paul L. Hoffman

Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP

Venice, CA, USA



March 1994 - Present 
Private Practice
Schonbrun De Simone Seplow Harris and Hoffman, LLP
Venice, California (1999-Present)

Bostwick & Hoffman LLP (1994-1999)

  • Practice areas: civil rights generally; police misconduct; First Amendment; international human rights; employment; defamation; criminal appeals.

September 1984 - February 1994 
Legal Director, ACLU Foundation of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

  • Directed the legal program of the ACLU in Southern California which included the supervision of ten staff attorneys and more than 100 volunteer attorneys with a docket of approximately 200 pending cases in every area of civil liberties and civil rights practice.  Litigated a full docket of cases in all areas of the ACLU's policies, especially police misconduct litigation.  Coordinated ACLU International Human Rights Task Force (1991-2000).


August 1976 - August 1981 
Associate Attorney (Litigation Department)
Loeb and Loeb, Los Angeles, California

  • Practice areas: securities regulation, bankruptcy, contracts, business torts, real estate, copyright, defamation and constitutional law.

October 1976 - Present 
Volunteer Attorney - ACLU Foundation of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

  • Litigated dozens of civil rights/civil liberties cases from 1976 to 1984 and from 1994 to the present in all areas of the ACLU's work.  Lead counsel in Coalition Against Police Abuse v. Board of Police Commissioners (the "police spying" cases); Wilkinson v. FBI (a challenge to the FBI's COINTELPRO operation against the National Committee To Abolish HUAC); and Antelli v. City of Hawthorne (illegal searches of more than 40 homes). "Of Counsel" to the ACLU Foundation (1994 to present).


William J. Butler Human Rights Medal, Urban Morgan  Institute for Human Rights, University of Cincinnati School of Law (2011)
Cox Price Human Rights Award, University of Denver Law School (2009)
Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award, Center for Justice and Accountability (2007)
Co-Civil Rights Attorney of the Year, California State Bar (2006)
(for work on Doe v. Unocal)(with Dan Stormer and Anne Richardson)
Los Angeles Business Journal Top Trial Lawyer (1999)
100 Most Influential Lawyers of California (1998)
Clarence Darrow Award (1984) for outstanding First Amendment advocacy for work on the policy spying cases


Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (elected May 2000)
Co-Chair, International Human Rights Committee, ABA Section on International Law and Practice (1999-2000)
Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society (1997 - present)
Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1989-1992) 
Member, Committee on Private Bar Involvement in Pro Bono Work, The State Bar of California (1988-1991)
Program Coordinator, International Human Rights Committee, ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities (1984-1988)
Committee on Human Rights, The State Bar of California (1983-1986)
Executive Committee, Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1985-1987)
Executive Committee, International Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1982-1986)
Arbitrator (legal fee disputes), Los Angeles County Bar Association (1980-1983)
Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel (1981-1985)
Vice-Chair, Arbitration Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1982-1983)
Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Municipal Court (Small Claims)(1983-1984)


New York University School of Law, J.D., June 1976


Staff Member, Annual Survey of American Law (1974-1976)

Research Associate, International Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1975-1976)

Law Clerk, Manhattan Legal Services (N.Y.U. Public Interest Clinic) (1974-1975)

RFK Fellow, Office of Congressman Jonathan Bingham, Washington, D.C. (1974) (responsible for foreign policy related issues, issues relating to Watergate and tax reform).


The London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc. (Econ.), June 1973


The City College of the City University of New York, B.A., June 1972

Major: International Relations
Class Standing: Top 5%
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Magna Cum Laude
Regent's Scholarship


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