Nicholas J. Hoffman Associate

Nick Hoffman is a trial attorney with extensive experience in a wide range of matters, including product liability, mass tort, intellectual property, unfair competition, business tort, and other complex commercial disputes. Representing clients in the technology, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, and entertainment industries, Nick is sought after for his creative strategies, business-oriented vision, and track record of outstanding results.

In 2018, 2019, and 2020, 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).  

In the area of product liability, Nick has defended some of the world’s largest product manufacturers in complex disputes, including in multijurisdictional proceedings. In intellectual property, Nick has represented clients in copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting, and right of publicity actions.

Nick is a 2011 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 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 Litigation

Represented a global medical device manufacturer in over 30 product liability cases in a California Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding (JCCP).

Represented a global lift truck manufacturer in several product liability lawsuits, including multiple cases ending in defense verdicts.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Represented an agricultural company and its CEO in an action involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and a patent ownership dispute.  As trial counsel (second chair) and lead appellate counsel, won and then upheld a $5 million judgment, the rights to all intellectual property at issue, and a permanent injunction.

Represented a commercial property management company in defense of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.  Won summary judgment and then prevailed in affirming summary judgment on appeal.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Represented an entertainment company in a trademark action involving the rights to the Rin Tin Tin film franchise. As trial counsel (second chair), prevailed in a bench trial and earned cancellation of nine competing trademarks.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in a trial before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Prevailed in a precedential decision, successfully blocking registration of the mark MEDICAL EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGIES.

Represented an iconic children’s brand in a copyright and trade dress infringement action involving toys and crafts. As co-trial counsel, Nick successfully settled the case after a week of jury trial during his cross-examination of the opposing toy company’s President and CEO.

Represented a global apparel manufacturer in defense of a copyright and trademark infringement action filed by DC Comics involving the Superman Shield.

  • 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
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, JD, 2011
  • University of California Los Angeles, BS, Biochemistry, 2008

Named to "Southern California Rising Stars," Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2020

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