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Robert Hoffman is a trial lawyer whose national practice is primarily focused on resolution of disputes between businesses and their customers or employees. He has deep experience representing business clients in cases involving a wide range of allegations by both customers and employees, including consumer class actions, significant individual consumer claims, wage and hour claims, non-competition and restrictive covenant claims, as well as actions involving race, age, gender, and disability discrimination. He has successfully handled trial or other resolution of these cases on a national basis, including more than twenty first-chair jury trials in multiple states throughout the Midwest and West.

Mr. Hoffman serves on the firmwide governing Board and is a member of the firm's LGBTQ Global Allies Network.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America© , "Lawyer of the Year",  Banking and Finance Law (2022)
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2010-2022)
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2010-2022)
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association – Litigation Section, Business Torts Committee
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Business Torts and Commercial Litigation Committees
    • Missouri "Local Litigation Star,"Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Business Torts and Commercial Litigation Committees
    • Missouri "Local Litigation Star,"Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
    • Missouri "Local Litigation Star,"Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
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Representative Experience

  • Lead trial counsel for international bank in defense of class action claim involving alleged conflicts of interest and breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • On-going representation of nationwide mortgage lender in claims involving wrongful foreclosure, HAMP loan modifications, and common laws torts related to foreclosures and eviction proceedings.
  • Representation of multiple payday lending businesses in defense of punitive fines imposed by state regulatory agencies.
  • Representation of Governor of Missouri in claims alleging defamation and retaliatory discharge of State employee.
  • Prosecution of fraud and breach of contract claims by individual minority shareholder in improper corporate squeeze out.
  • Lead trial counsel for international bank defending claims of fraud in sale of allegedly contaminated real property.
  • Trial counsel in defense of leading insurance company against class action claims arising out of sale of long term care insurance policies.
  • Lead trial counsel for international insurance brokerage in defense of claims of negligent professional conduct.
  • Defense of seller of office building against allegations of fraud in sale.
  • Regional representation of national trucking company in defense of multiple lawsuits initiated in 16-state region based upon variety of tort and contract allegations.
  • Defense of gas pipeline company against claims of fraud and misrepresentation in connection with the prior settlement of complex contract disputes.
  • Prosecution of municipality’s claims against accountants and auditors for negligence in preparation and audit of financial statements.
  • Representation of accounting firms in defense of claims for negligent misrepresentation arising out of preparation and audit of financial statements.
  • Prosecution of claims by executive-level employee for business torts committed by former employer.
  • Representation of company and individual equipment operator in defense of wrongful death claim arising out of industrial accident.
  • Prosecution of business defamation, tortuous interference and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by minority shareholder of defendant corporation.
  • Representation of defense manufacturer in qui tam claims brought by former employee alleging submission of false claims to United States Government.