Dan Hoffman maintains a broad civil litigation practice, which includes representing and advising clients in matters involving employee benefits—both ERISA and non-ERISA—as well as insurance coverage, commercial litigation and property damage.  

He has extensive experience with cases regarding employee benefit plans and fiduciaries in court and alternative dispute resolution, including dispositive motions and appeals. As relates to insurance coverage, Dan has a significant practice which includes coverage, as well as first and third party (premises liability, slip & fall, and homeowner liability) property cases involving national and regional insurers and restaurant chains.

With an appreciation for the expense, risk, and uncertainty associated with litigation, Dan strives to identify case circumstances that provide a path to early resolution and reduced expense whenever possible.

Professional Background

Before joining Hinshaw, Dan served as a clerk at the U.S Court of Federal Claims' Office of Special Masters, managing a demanding vaccine litigation docket under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. He put his prior military experience to use drafting decisions for multiple veterans' law judges as an associate attorney at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans' Appeals. Dan began his legal career managing primarily civil litigation—including contract, tort and domestic matters—as a clerk in the Fairfax County Circuit Court (Virginia).

During law school, Dan completed several internships, including with the: U.S. Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch; U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia; U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Circuit Court for Prince George's County (Maryland).

Prior to beginning his law career, Dan was an EA-6B Prowler Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. He conducted electronic warfare in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom over the course of two deployments. Dan also worked as a defense contractor in support of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Resource Institute, Member, 2017–Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, 2017–Present
    • Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2017–Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2014–Present

Community/Civic Activities

  • George Mason University School of Law, Alumni Board, Member
  • Service to School, Law Ambassador

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2013

  • Member, George Mason Law Review

M.B.A., Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University, 2006

B.S., with merit, Marine Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 2000