Nicholas J. Hoffman Partner

Nick Hoffman is a trial attorney who handles high-stakes civil litigation. His practice encompasses a wide range of areas, including product liability, intellectual property, unfair competition, media, entertainment, business torts, and other complex commercial disputes.

In 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, Nick was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. He has earned trial victories in both state and federal courts, prevailed as lead appellate counsel in the California Court of Appeal, and won a precedential decision before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  

Nick is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from UCLA, and worked at a biotechnology company developing screening tests for HIV and HPV. In the community, Nick volunteers with Bet Tzedek Legal Services, helping Los Angeles families to secure care for those with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities.

Experience

Product Liability, Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation

In re Olympus America Duodenoscope Cases (Cal. JCCP No. 4885): Represented a medical device manufacturer in dozens of coordinated product liability actions relating to a complex medical device.

In re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation (MDL): Represents a defendant in ongoing multidistrict litigation encompassing thousands of cases relating to an ENDS product. (ongoing)

Real Water Cases (Nev. Dt. Ct.): Represents a natural foods distributor and grocery store in coordinated claims involving an alleged outbreak. (ongoing)

Montes De Oca v. Olympus America Inc. (Cal. Sup. 2022): Won summary judgment of product liability/chemical exposure claims filed against medical device company.

Nazari v. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (Cal. Sup. 2022): Won summary judgment of product liability claims filed against a smoke alarm manufacturer.

Modi v. Boeing (N.D. Cal. 2022): Obtained dismissal of product liability claims filed against airplane manufacturer.

Melville v. Olympus America Inc. (Cal. Sup.): Defended medical device company in case involving an airway fire.

Bartee v. Jack Jones Trucking, Inc. (Cal. Sup.): Trial counsel in month-long wrongful death jury trial.

Hernandez v. Crown Equipment Corporation (Cal. Sup.): Defended manufacturer from product liability claims relating to a lift truck.

Linares v. Crown Equipment Corporation (C.D. Cal.): Member of trial preparation team in product liability action.  Case ended in a defense verdict.

Business Litigation & Intellectual Property

Cal Agri Products, LLC v. Steckler (Cal. Sup./Cal. App.): Prevailed in month-long trial, winning clients a multimillion-dollar judgment, complete ownership of the patents-in-suit, and permanent injunction. Then, successfully upheld the judgment on appeal.

Lisa Frank, Inc. v. The Orb Factory (D. Ariz.): Trial counsel for children’s brand in a copyright and trade dress infringement action involving toys and crafts.

Beats Electronics v. Monster LLC (Cal. Sup. 2020): In a royalties dispute, won summary adjudication of crossclaims entitling client to over $31 million.

BLP v. Capital One (Cal. Sup. 2022): Obtained dismissal of defamation and contractual interference claims filed against financial company.

Warhol v. Goldsmith (amicus) (Supreme Court 2022): Filed amicus on behalf of art professor in seminal copyright/fair use case.

Wray v. AMF Bowling Centers Inc. (Cal. Sup. 2022): Obtained dismissal of misappropriation of name and likeness claims.

Vans v. Walmart (C.D. Cal. 2022): Won preliminary injunction to stop sales of over two dozen knockoff shoes. (ongoing)

Branded, LLC v. Vans, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2020): On behalf of footwear company, won motion to stay trademark infringement lawsuit to preserve summary judgment wins in TTAB.

Kleven v. Hereford (C.D. Cal.): Prevailed in federal bench trial involving the rights to the Rin Tin Tin film franchise. Earned cancellation of nine registered trademarks on the grounds of fraud and abandonment.

DC Comics v. Mad Engine, Inc. (C.D. Cal.): Obtained dismissal of a copyright and trademark infringement action brought by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, JD
  • University of California Los Angeles, BS, Biochemistry

Named to "Southern California Rising Stars," Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2022

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