Brian Neil Hoffman

Brian Neil Hoffman is an experienced member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group. Mr. Hoffman represents entities and individuals in government and self-regulatory organization investigations and proceedings. He also conducts corporate internal investigations and defends shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits. His matters have included, among other things, potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) concerns; financial reporting and disclosure issues; matters concerning investment advisers and private equity firms; alleged insider trading; and matters relating to the Financial Crisis of 2008.

He rejoined the firm in 2012 after serving as a senior attorney in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. During his tenure with the SEC, Mr. Hoffman investigated and litigated numerous potential violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, financial reporting, accounting and disclosure violations, as well as multiple matters involving advisory firms. He also tried an administrative and cease-and-desist proceeding against a former partner of an investment advisor to private equity funds who allegedly created and exploited undisclosed conflicts of interest to gain lucrative personal advantages (In the Matter of Matthew Crisp).

Mr. Hoffman has substantial commercial litigation experience, and has first- or second-chaired numerous trials. He additionally prosecuted 19 cases for the Denver city attorney’s office, including eight jury trials. Mr. Hoffman was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2010 Colorado Rising Star.

Mr. Hoffman currently serves on the board of directors of the Faculty of Federal Advocates; the board of advisors of the SEC Historical Society; and the editorial advisory board for Securities Law360. He has served as co-liaison for Colorado Bar Association’s Securities Subsection, volunteered with Invest in Kids, served on the steering committee for the Young Advocates Network of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, and served on the board of directors of The Young Fund of The Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Securities Litigation, 3) Enforcement + White-Collar Criminal Defense, 4) Securities: Regulatory + Enforcement and 5) FCPA + Anti-Corruption
Law School New York University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
Admitted Year 1988
Education Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 1998), The London School of Economics and Political Science (Cer., 1997)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of Colorado
Most recent firm Morrison & Foerster LLP
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