Stephen D. Hoffman is a senior litigator who concentrates in handling complex cases in the federal and state courts. His clients include large international banks, conglomerates, publishing companies, investment firms and funds, real estate companies, industrial companies, and high-net-worth individuals.

Steve has experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, and has represented his clients in cases and trials involving areas such as financial derivatives; letters of credit; collection of delinquent loans; copyright and trademark infringement; employment discrimination; the rights of privacy and publicity; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; restrictive covenants; sovereign, consular and diplomatic immunity; the antitrust, securities and environmental laws; and contested estate matters.

Steve began his career as law clerk to Chief Judge Jacob Mishler of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and then as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He also held positions as senior litigation partner at Warshavsky, Hoffman & Cohen P.C. and Rosen & Reade before joining Wilk Auslander in July 2002.

Steve served as the 50th President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and, as part of his activities at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, he served as the chair of one of the largest trial practice courses in New York City.

  • Successfully represented a foreign government in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, and obtained dismissal of the case on the grounds that the government had sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
  • Secured summary judgment for several million dollars in favor of a large New York City bank and against delinquent borrowers in a case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that involved issues under the law of New York, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
  • Successfully defended a major New York City bank in a case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in which the plaintiff asserted a multi-million-dollar claim based upon alleged dishonor of a letter of credit.
  • Successfully represented a magazine publisher in a five-day trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, which resulted in a judgment that the magazine’s trademark was infringed by a manufacturer of pantyhose.
  • Successfully represented a large industrial company in a four-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York that resulted in a decision rejecting allegations that the company engaged in racial discrimination.
  • Representing a hedge fund in an ongoing case in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court against a large international bank seeking more than $20 million in damages for breach of credit default swaps.
  • Successfully represented a large fund manager in a case in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court against a large international bank seeking a multimillion-dollar damage award for breach of series of total return swaps.
  • Representing a large fund manager in an ongoing case in New York State Supreme Court involving a dispute concerning rights in a complex investment transaction.

Overview

Stephen D. Hoffman is a senior litigator who concentrates in handling complex cases in the federal and state courts. His clients include large international banks, conglomerates, publishing companies, investment firms and funds, real estate companies, industrial companies, and high-net-worth individuals.

Steve has experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, and has represented his clients in cases and trials involving areas such as financial derivatives; letters of credit; collection of delinquent loans; copyright and trademark infringement; employment discrimination; the rights of privacy and publicity; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; restrictive covenants; sovereign, consular and diplomatic immunity; the antitrust, securities and environmental laws; and contested estate matters.

Steve began his career as law clerk to Chief Judge Jacob Mishler of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and then as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He also held positions as senior litigation partner at Warshavsky, Hoffman & Cohen P.C. and Rosen & Reade before joining Wilk Auslander in July 2002.

Steve served as the 50th President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and, as part of his activities at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, he served as the chair of one of the largest trial practice courses in New York City.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a foreign government in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, and obtained dismissal of the case on the grounds that the government had sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
  • Secured summary judgment for several million dollars in favor of a large New York City bank and against delinquent borrowers in a case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that involved issues under the law of New York, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
  • Successfully defended a major New York City bank in a case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in which the plaintiff asserted a multi-million-dollar claim based upon alleged dishonor of a letter of credit.
  • Successfully represented a magazine publisher in a five-day trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, which resulted in a judgment that the magazine’s trademark was infringed by a manufacturer of pantyhose.
  • Successfully represented a large industrial company in a four-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York that resulted in a decision rejecting allegations that the company engaged in racial discrimination.
  • Representing a hedge fund in an ongoing case in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court against a large international bank seeking more than $20 million in damages for breach of credit default swaps.
  • Successfully represented a large fund manager in a case in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court against a large international bank seeking a multimillion-dollar damage award for breach of series of total return swaps.
  • Representing a large fund manager in an ongoing case in New York State Supreme Court involving a dispute concerning rights in a complex investment transaction.