Nicholas J. Hoffman Partner

Nick Hoffman is a trial attorney who handles high-stakes civil litigation, including intellectual property, unfair competition, product liability, class action, and other complex commercial disputes. Representing clients in the technology, biotechnology, medical devices, automotive, apparel, food and beverage, and entertainment industries, Nick is sought after for his creative strategies, business-oriented vision, and track record of outstanding results.

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

Business & Commercial Litigation
Nick has significant trial experience and other wins while representing businesses in high-stakes commercial litigation.  Example representations include:

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 an electronics company in defense of a breach of contract dispute against a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest technology companies. Won summary adjudication of crossclaims entitling client to over $31 million.

Represented a property management company in defense of a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars.  Won summary judgment and then prevailed in upholding summary judgment on appeal.

Intellectual Property Litigation
Nick represents clients in copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, and right of publicity actions.  Example representations include:

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

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

Represented a telecommunications company as plaintiff in a trademark infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas.

Represented a major footwear company in a lawsuit alleging infringement of the OLD SKOOL trademark.

Product Liability & Mass Tort Litigation
Nick routinely defends companies in high-exposure product liability disputes.  Drawing on his science background, Nick often defends cutting-edge products and emerging technologies. Example representations include:

Represented a global medical device company in dozens of coordinated product liability cases in a California Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding (JCCP).

Lead counsel for a medical device company in litigation involving allegations of a defective medical device.

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

Represented a national car rental company against strict liability claims involving an alleged defect in an automobile.

National counsel for a food distributor in dozens of claims involving an alleged foodborne outbreak.

Lead counsel for a medical device company in litigation involving alleged toxic chemical exposure.

  • 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, 2011
  • University of California Los Angeles, BS, Biochemistry, 2008

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

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