Barry M. Hoffman, Partner
Prepared. Professional. Devoted.
- JD, Albany Law School
- BA, State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude
- New York State
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- New York County Lawyers Association
- Bronx County Bar Association
- New York Insurance Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Mr. Hoffman has over thirty-five years of experience representing a wide variety of clients, including hospitals, washing machine distributors, roller skating rinks, municipalities and construction companies. Presently, Mr. Hoffman focuses his practice on construction litigation and general liability cases. Unlike most senior partners, Mr. Hoffman continues to participate in all aspects of litigation, including court conferences and depositions. This places Mr. Hoffman in a position to tackle issues head on as they come, and not play catch-up like most senior partners do by first reviewing the case as trial approaches. Mr. Hoffman’s approach eliminates the immense unnecessary costs associated with that style of practice, as our clients are not billed twice for review of the same work by an associate and later on in the litigation, by a partner.
Throughout the years, Mr. Hoffman has developed a well deserved reputation as one of the top negotiators in the New York City area. His fierce advocacy has again and again yielded successful results at mediations, saving his clients both the costs and uncertainty associated with trial. At mediations, Mr. Hoffman has a unique ability to build consensus amongst defendants, as well as anticipate and predict the lowest value the plaintiff will accept for settlement.
Mr. Hoffman has also participated in a number of precedent setting Appellate cases, including the New York Court of Appeals cases of Johnson v. Jamaica Hospital and Lafferty v. Manhasset Medical Center, on the issue of the recoverability for emotional and psychological injuries, as well as the Appellate Division case of Lopez v. Skate Key Inc., which established the applicability of the doctrine of assumption of the risk as a bar to recovery in a recreational activity case involving a roller skating rink. Mr. Hoffman also has countless published decisions. A complete list is provided below.
Bochynski v. Central General Hospital, 72 A.D.2d 801 (2nd Dep’t 1979)
Jolley v. State, 106 Misc.2d 550 (Ct. of Claims 1980)
Lafferty v. Manhasset Med. Center Hospital, 54 N.Y.2d 277 (1981)
Schreck v. State, 81 A.D.2d 882 (2nd Dep’t 1981)
McKay v. Jefmar Wash & Dry Inc., 84 A.D.2d 576 (2nd Dep’t 1981)
Varian v. Tri-City Rentals, Inc., 112 A.D.2d 123, 491 N.Y.S.2d 53 (2nd Dep’t 1982)
Weber v. Wise, 86 A.D.2d 891 (2nd Dep’t 1982)
Derovira v. Lumex, Inc., 92 A.D.2d 879, 459 N.Y.S.2d 1022 (2nd Dep’t 1983)
Johnson v. Jamaica Hospital, 62 N.Y.2d 523 (1984)
Austin v. Coastal Ind. Inc., 112 A.D.2d 123, 491 N.Y.S.2d 53 (2nd Dep’t 1985)
Vermont v. Com’r of Banking & Ins. V. Welbilt Corp., 133 A.D.2d 396, 519 N.Y.S.2d 390 (2nd Dep’t 1987)
Central Gen. Hospital v. Bramex Ltd., 158 A.D.2d 647, 551 N.Y.S.2d 583 (2nd Dep’t 1990)
Lopez v. Skate Key, Inc., 174 A.D.2d 534 (1st Dep’t 1991)
Amodei v. New York State Chiropractic Ass’n., 77 N.Y.2d 890 (1991)
Ricciuti v. Village of Tuckahoe, 202 A.D.2d (2nd Dep’t 1994)
Waingort v. Siegel, 278 A.D.2d 408, 718 N.Y.S.2d 613 (2nd Dep’t 2000)
Melendez v. Majeed, 292 A.D.2d 354 (2nd Dep’t 2002
Merchants Ins. Grp. v. Mitsubishi Motor Credit Ass’n., 732 F.Supp.2d (E.D.N.Y. 2010)
Warnick v. 1211 Southern Blvd., LLC., 93 A.D.3d 402 (1st Dep’t 2012)