Fran Hoffinger of Hoffinger Stern & Ross LLP


212-421-4000

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1984; Urban Law Journal; Sutherland Moot Court Team; Moot Court Board

  • B.A., cum laude with distinction in all areas, Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, 1981

Admissions

  • New York State
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York

Honors

  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by New York "Super Lawyers"
  • Selected for Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

 

 

Fran Hoffinger

Fran Hoffinger is a partner of The Hoffinger Firm, PLLC. Her practice focuses on white and non-white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, both state and federal. She also practices in the area of family law. Most recent white collar criminal cases, trials and investigations run the gamut from conspiracy and fraud to embezzlement, including, for example, the representation of an individual charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny, possession of stolen property and tax fraud in connection with the sale of masterpiece artworks; individuals and/or business entities in Medicaid fraud and sales tax evasion investigations; and individuals accused of mail fraud, theft of government funds, embezzlement and larceny. Ms. Hoffinger has also represented clients under investigation for or accused of non-white collar crimes such as homicide, burglary, larceny, assault, sexual abuse, aggravated harassment and driving while intoxicated. In addition, she has represented victims of crimes, including victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, fraud, grand larceny and embezzlement as well as witnesses in criminal proceedings, including those involving homicide and fraud charges.

Recent civil cases have included representing individuals and business entities in matters involving partnership disputes, breach of contract, sexual harassment and other employment-related investigations and litigation, disputes between siblings regarding the disposition of their parents' estates, misappropriation of trade secrets and property, shareholder derivative issues, conversion of property, professional malpractice, attorneys' professional disciplinary matters, the Madoff-related bankruptcy liquidation, and litigation involving cooperatives and condominiums.

In the area of family law, Ms. Hoffinger has handled a variety of matters, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support and paternity issues, in both Supreme and Family Court. Ms. Hoffinger has appeared in State Courts (Appellate Division, Supreme Court, Criminal Court, Civil Court, Family Court, Housing Court and Surrogate's Court) and Federal Courts (District Court, Magistrate's Court and Bankruptcy Court), throughout New York City and in Westchester County. She has also appeared and conducted hearings before the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.

Prior Work Experience

After graduation from law school, Ms. Hoffinger worked at the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York County for seven years, first as a staff attorney and then as a supervising attorney. At Legal Aid, Ms. Hoffinger was responsible for hundreds of felonies and misdemeanors, handling the cases from arraignment through trial or disposition. Felony trials included charges such as robbery, burglary, attempted murder, grand larceny, bribery and assault. She also conducted hundreds of suppression hearings. As a supervisor, Ms. Hoffinger participated in training programs for junior attorneys, including "second seating" them at trial and other forms of supervision.

After the Legal Aid Society, Ms. Hoffinger worked for Hoffinger Friedland Dobrish Bernfeld & Hasen, later Hoffinger Friedland Dobrish Bernfeld & Stern, concentrating in criminal and civil litigation, continuing to do trial work.

Before founding The Hoffinger Firm, Ms. Hoffinger was a founding partner at Hoffinger Stern & Ross LLP.

Education

Ms. Hoffinger received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1984, where she was a member of the Urban Law Journal (Author, Comment, "Environmental Impact Statements: Instruments for Environmental Protection or Endless Litigation", Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. XI, No. 3, 1983), the Sutherland Moot Court Team (Constitutional law) and the Moot Court Board. She was awarded Runner Up Best Oralist in the Mulligan Moot Court Competition in 1982.

Ms. Hoffinger received a B.A. (cum laude, with Distinction in All Areas) from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences in 1981.

Activities and Honors

Ms. Hoffinger is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Council on Judicial Administration 2009-present, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction 2006-2009), the New York Criminal Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association (Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee 2013-present, Member, Judiciary Committee 2016-present, Member, Legislation Committee 2014-2016).

In 2008 Ms. Hoffinger was appointed to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Appellate Division, First Department.

Ms. Hoffinger served as the Administrator for the New York County Democratic Party's Independent Screening Panel for Civil Court Judges (Spring 2007) and as a panel member (Spring 2005).

Ms. Hoffinger also has served as a faculty member of the Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program since 2002.

Ms. Hoffinger has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review and has been selected for Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She also has been selected annually as one of the New York's "Super Lawyers" for excellence in criminal defense since 2009.

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