The Hoff Law Group represents clients in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, commercial civil litigation, including product liability, FAA Enforcement, transportation law, regulatory and administrative matters, corporate and commercial law, and international aviation liability matters. The size of the Firm permits personal attention to each client and his or her individual requirements. Accordingly, there is close personal involvement in the Firm which is not found in larger firms where clients are often handled as institutions. Each member of the Firm aggressively pursues individual areas of emphasis and assignment, and endeavors to achieve personal excellence.
We have represented domestic and international clients involving a broad range of exposures in the liability defense areas of commercial and general aviation. Our clients include Part 121 and 135 air carriers, airport operators (Part 139 and non-Part 139), control tower operators, including the Independent Contract Tower Operators under the FAA Contract Tower Program, fixed base operators, ground service organizations, skydiving operations, product manufacturers/distributors, “heavy lift” external load operators; liquid petroleum gas and pressure vessel liability matters; construction of surface and subterranean structures; and general transportation matters.
The Firm effectively utilizes strategy to reach the desired result for clients. The Hoff Law Group features extensive in-house expertise in the areas of practice. Thus, the Firm is not overly reliant on expert witnesses. This independence gives the Firm’s attorneys the ability to build cases that protect the interest of our clients. This technical proficiency gives the Firm the ability to pursue clients’ interests both technically and legally.
The Firm has litigated numerous insurance defense and subrogation cases in domestic and international losses involving wrongful death, personal injury, and property/casualty losses. The Firm also handles insurance coverage matters. The majority of this litigation has involved complex multiparty matters and the use of expert witnesses for issues including: accident reconstruction, pilot conduct, design deficiencies, and air traffic control analysis. For example, in the field of product liability, the Firm has handled cases pertaining to a broad array of aircraft and aerospace products, including but not limited to engines, tail rotor bearings, rotorcraft iolite bushings, elastomeric dampers, parachute Automatic Activation Devices (AAD), student harness container parachute systems, aircraft sealants, LOX/Paraffin hybrid rockets, flight control systems, aircraft wiring, aircraft deicing systems, fuel servos, crankshaft gear bolts, aftermarket turbine engine conversions, fuel control units, and autofeathering systems.
Much of our work has an international dimension. Our litigation department is active in international claims and litigation, including claims under international treatises such as the Montreal Convention, and pursuing or defending claims overseas. Members of the Firm have represented aviation clients in various international litigation matters which have been pursued in a United States forum, including losses stemming from international air carrier disasters. Our office also has language ability in German.
One of the areas we emphasize is FAA Enforcement Matters. The Firm is a Panel participant in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Legal Services Plan. This practice area hits close to home, as certain members of the Firm are active pilots when they are not practicing law. We vigorously defend pilots, mechanics, and air carrier operators when the FAA brings enforcement action against them.
The Firm also practices environmental law, including asbestos, benzene, underground fuel storage tanks, chemical spills, as well as other exposure-related losses. We also perform coverage analysis on pollution matters.
Moreover, the Firm has excellent resources to accommodate our clients’ general legal needs. For example, we have substantial experience in general litigation, trucking, admiralty & maritime law, real estate, probate, and corporate matters. The Firm provides clients with regulatory and administrative guidance in various disciplines, including compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and other transportation regulations. Moreover, our lawyers have experience in contract and lease negotiations and disputes, labor/management issues, corporate formation, operation and mergers and anti-trust questions.
“We work very hard to produce the best possible results for our clients,” says John Scott Hoff, a founder. “We endeavor to aggressively get off of the defensive and over to the offensive in order to control the matter and achieve a better result.”
The Firm offers the essential ingredients of successful legal advocacy: technical competence in both the law and subject matter; extensive practical experience both in litigation and the subject matter; and initiative and enthusiasm for our practice. At the Hoff Law Group, we believe trust, confidence, and a close working relationship between our staff and clients is the cornerstone of a successful relationship.