Steven E. Hoffman, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters with a particular emphasis on defending employment-related litigation and civil rights actions.

Through his litigation practice, Steve has extensive experience with employment discrimination and harassment cases.  Steve has tried a number of restrictive covenant and trade secrets claims and has also represented clients in cases involving wage and hour issues, including handling collective actions brought under the FLSA.

Steve has frequently defended manufacturers and retailers in products liability cases.  He has also represented doctors, lawyers, and other professionals in malpractice claims.  Steve has tried and defended a variety of personal injury matters.

Steve has tried numerous cases in the federal and state courts located throughout the eastern and central parts of Pennsylvania.  He has argued before all of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.  He is frequently called upon by other attorneys and the Court to serve as a mediator or an arbitrator.

Steve began his career as the law clerk to the Honorable Robert Simpson, Jr. of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.  Formerly, he served as an Assistant Northampton County Solicitor.  He is a resident of the City of Allentown and is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown.

Publications

  • “The Growing Tension: Privacy, Due Process and Security Within the Public Sector,” Northampton County Bench Bar Conference, October, 2012
  • “Civil Litigation,” People’s Law School, Northampton County Community College, October, 2009
  • “Deposition Strategies,” Insurance Society of Philadelphia, March, 2009
  • “The So-Called Employee Free Choice Act,” Northampton County Bar Association, January, 2009
  • “Civil Litigation,” People’s Law School, Northampton County Community College, October, 2008
  • “Employment Discrimination Claims: What to Expect and How to Defend Your Business,” Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino, October, 2008
  • “Employment Law from A to Z,” Lorman Education Services, April, 2008
  • “Civil Practice in Eastern Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, February, 2008
  • “Blurring the Line on the Practice of Law, the Aftermath of the Harkness Decision,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December, 2007
  • “Civil Litigation,” People’s Law School, Northampton County Community College, October, 2007
  • “Basic Understanding of Section 1983 Civil Rights Actions,” Northampton County Bar Association, October, 2007
  • “Dealing with Insurance Companies,” Northampton County Bar Association, April, 2005
  • “Governmental and Sovereign Immunity in Pennsylvania,” Bar Association of Lehigh County, February, 2001

Reported Cases

  • Werheiser v. Pocono Township, 780 F.3d 172 (3d Cir. 2015)
  • Knoll v. City of Allentown, 707 F.3d 406 (3d Cir. 2013)
  • Canot v. City of Easton, 37 A.3d 53 (Pa.Cmwlth. 2012)
  • Syed v. YWCA of Hanover, 906 F.Supp.2d 345 (M.D. Pa. 2012)
  • Star v. Rosenthal, 884 F.Supp.2d 319 (E.D. Pa. 2012)
  • Ade v. KidsPeace Corp., 698 F.Supp.2d 501 (E.D. Pa. 2010)
  • Smith v. City of Allentown, 589 F .3d 684 (3d Cir. 2009)
  • Harkness v. UCBR, 591 Pa. 543, 920 A.2d 162 (2007)
  • Ade v. KidsPeace Corp., 698 F.Supp.2d 501 (E.D. Pa. 2010)
  • Smith v. City of Allentown, 589 F .3d 684 (3d Cir. 2009)
  • Harkness v. UCBR, 591 Pa. 543, 920 A.2d 162 (2007)
  • Harkness v. UCBR, 867 A.2d 728 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2005)
  • Gates v. Angle, 58 Pa. D.&C.4th 185 (C.P. Lehigh 2002)
  • Albert v. 2001 Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 567 Pa. 670, 790 A.2d 989 (2002)
  • Jones v. SEPTA, 567 Pa. 670, 790 A.2d 989 (2002)
  • Wilbur v. H & R Block, Inc., 170 F.Supp.2d 480 (M.D. Pa. 2000)
  • Irish v. Lehigh County Housing Authority, 751 A.2d 1201 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2000)
  • Ramirez v. PP&L, 41 Pa. D.&C.4th 344 (C.P. Lehigh 1999)
  • Commonwealth v. Fernsler, 715 A.2d 435 (Pa. Super. 1998)

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