WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2009) - Morrison & Foerster partner Adam Hoffinger has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
The induction ceremony at which Mr. Hoffinger became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 974 persons during the recent 2009 Annual Meeting of the College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyer must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently around 5,729 members in the U.S. and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Mr. Hoffinger is a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Washington, DC office and a member of the firm's Securities Litigation Enforcement and White Collar practice group. His practice concentrates on complex civil and white-collar criminal matters, including securities, antitrust, healthcare, RICO, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. He has represented clients in high-profile government investigations involving the Corporate Fraud Task Force, Freddie Mac, Big Pharma, Whitewater, the Teamsters, Columbia HCA, Ruby Ridge, and BCCI. He also counsels individuals and corporations on compliance issues, internal investigations, campaign finance issues and congressional and regulatory matters.
Mr. Hoffinger received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1982 and his B.A. from Trinity College in 1978. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 1990; in 1990 he received the Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance.
Nine other Morrison & Foerster attorneys have previously been elected Fellows of the College. They are: Harold McElhinny, Robert Raven, Seth Hufstedler, James Brosnahan, Charles Patterson, Melvin Goldman, Hon.William Alsup, Howard Soloway, and James Bennett.
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