Susan Hoffinger of Hoffinger Stern & Ross LLP



  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1989; Charles Evans Hughes Fellow; Research and Writing Editor, Human Rights Law Review

  • B.A., magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1985


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


  • Selected Top 50 Women New York-Metro Super Lawyers 2018
  • Selected by New York Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense Since 2008
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
  • Selected for Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers



Susan Hoffinger

Susan Hoffinger is a founding partner of The Hoffinger Firm, PLLC. Her practice focuses on white collar and non-white collar criminal defense, civil litigation, both state and federal, as well as regulatory matters and internal company investigations. Ms. Hoffinger served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County for eight years from 1992 to 2000, then entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney.

Ms. Hoffinger specializes in representing individuals and entities in federal and state investigations relating to bank fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, antitrust violations, money laundering, bribery, corruption, healthcare and insurance fraud, MBE/WBE fraud, asset forfeiture, and representing individuals for crimes including larceny, forgery, income and sales tax evasion, assault, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, sexual assault/abuse, criminal weapon possession, DWI and criminal possession of marijuana. On many occasions, Ms. Hoffinger has persuaded prosecutors not to pursue charges against her clients under investigation. She has also tried numerous cases in state and federal court.

Ms. Hoffinger is also a zealous advocate for individuals and companies litigating a variety of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, conversion, negligence, RICO, partnership and employment matters, as well as college/university students accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX, and professionals in licensing matters.

Representative Criminal Matters:

  • Winning acquittal after trial for construction supervisor charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in deaths of firemen at the Deutsche Bank building
  • Winning acquittal after trial for individual charged with assault
  • Representing doctor charged in federal prosecution of anti-kickback/healthcare fraud scheme
  • Representing company charged in state prosecution for money laundering/scheme to defraud
  • Representing individual in federal investigation into government corruption and bribery scheme
  • Representing executive in DOJ antitrust investigation of municipal bond industry
  • Representing individual charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny, possession of stolen property and tax fraud in connection with the sale of masterpiece artwork
  • Representing attorney charged in a multi-billion dollar federal tax shelter prosecution
  • Representing companies and executives in federal and state income tax/sales tax investigations
  • Representing executives in federal and state investigations for MBE/WBE fraud
  • Representing individuals in investigations by DOI, DOB and New York County DA’s Office in connection with construction accidents and cement mix design testing
  • Representing controller, CEO and other executives in fraud investigations
  • Representing investment broker in securities investigation
  • Representing executive in money laundering and commercial bribery prosecution
  • Representing executive in internal company investigation into bid rigging
  • Representing bank compliance officer in investigation of OFAC and Bank Security Act violations
  • Representing individuals charged with forgery, assault, sexual abuse, DWI criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana

Representative Civil Matters:

  • Representing college/university students accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX
  • Representing law firm partners suing former partner for fraud and breach of contract
  • Representing CEOs in contract disputes regarding ownership shares of companies
  • Representing company sued by underwriters for conversion and negligence
  • Representing public relations firm in contract disputes and employment matters
  • Representing principal in real estate partnership suing partners for breach of contract and RICO
  • Representing executives in employment matters and internal company investigations

Honors and Activities

Ms. Hoffinger has been selected as one of the Top 50 Women New York - Metro Super Lawyers for 2018 and featured in the article "The Winning Ticket". She has been selected annually as one of New York's Super Lawyers for Excellence in White Collar Criminal Defense since 2008. She is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble Peer Review and Selected by Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

Ms. Hoffinger is a member (and former chair) of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Women in the Legal Profession White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts, American Bar Association Business Law White Collar Committee, and Faculty for the New York County District Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy Program.

Prior Work Experience

Before founding The Hoffinger Firm, Ms. Hoffinger was a partner of Hoffinger Stern & Ross LLP. Prior to that, she spent 8 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, in the Frauds Bureau, Asset Forfeiture Unit and Trial Division.

In the Frauds Bureau, she investigated, prosecuted and tried complex white collar fraud cases, involving crimes including grand larceny, falsifying business records, insurance fraud, money laundering, enterprise corruption, Martin Act and securities violations. In the Asset Forfeiture Unit, she prosecuted and tried asset forfeiture cases involving gambling enterprises, securities fraud, enterprise corruption and other business crimes. In the Trial Division, she prosecuted and tried cases involving crimes including robbery, burglary, theft, gun possession and DWI.

Before joining the New York County District Attorney's Office, Ms. Hoffinger was associated with the firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in California and Christy & Viener in New York, practicing general commercial, employment and securities litigation.


Ms. Hoffinger received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1989, where she was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and Research and Writing Editor of the Human Rights Law Review.

Ms. Hoffinger received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1985.


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