People: Valerie J. Hoffman, Partner

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Valerie J. Hoffman

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5870
Fax: (312) 460-7870
Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 277-5288
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Ms. Hoffman is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she has a nation-wide practice of labor and employment law and has served in various management roles at the Firm. As counsel to management, Ms. Hoffman advises employers of all varieties and sizes, including Fortune 100 technology, financial services, professional services, hospitality, and manufacturing companies. While Ms. Hoffman has a broad-based employment law advice and counsel practice, she has a particular focus on strategies to prevent and resolve issues relating to employment discrimination, including pay equity and glass ceiling issues, OFCCP defense and affirmative action compliance, and advice about legally defensible diversity practices. She is a core leader of the Firm’s Pay Equity Group and founded and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s nationally prominent OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity practice.

In addition, Ms. Hoffman co-founded and co-chairs Seyfarth’s Organizational Strategy & Analytics group. This forward-facing people analytics practice works with employers to design and implement metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives including effective talent acquisition and management, workforce planning, leadership development, pay equity, diversity & inclusion, reductions in force, and other objectives where data can be leveraged to improve human capital management and work life.

Ms. Hoffman also provides counsel and advice on diversity and inclusion best practices, metrics, progress management and change management. Employers across the country value her  broad knowledge of legally defensible and practical solutions for achieving diversity and inclusion objectives. She has extensive experience counseling senior leaders about these issues and their intersection with employment discrimination law.

Ms. Hoffman receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including workplace metrics, employment discrimination, government compliance, glass ceiling issues, pay equity and diversity. She is a popular speaker and writer on these topics. 

Ms. Hoffman is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she has a nation-wide practice of labor and employment law and has served in various management roles at the Firm. As counsel to management, Ms. Hoffman advises employers of all varieties and sizes, including Fortune 100 technology, financial services, professional services, hospitality, and manufacturing companies. While Ms. Hoffman has a broad-based employment law advice and counsel practice, she has a particular focus on strategies to prevent and resolve issues relating to employment discrimination, including pay equity and glass ceiling issues, OFCCP defense and affirmative action compliance, and advice about legally defensible diversity practices. She is a core leader of the Firm’s Pay Equity Group and founded and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s nationally prominent OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity practice.

In addition, Ms. Hoffman co-founded and co-chairs Seyfarth’s Organizational Strategy & Analytics group. This forward-facing people analytics practice works with employers to design and implement metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives including effective talent acquisition and management, workforce planning, leadership development, pay equity, diversity & inclusion, reductions in force, and other objectives where data can be leveraged to improve human capital management and work life.

Ms. Hoffman also provides counsel and advice on diversity and inclusion best practices, metrics, progress management and change management. Employers across the country value her  broad knowledge of legally defensible and practical solutions for achieving diversity and inclusion objectives. She has extensive experience counseling senior leaders about these issues and their intersection with employment discrimination law.

Ms. Hoffman receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including workplace metrics, employment discrimination, government compliance, glass ceiling issues, pay equity and diversity. She is a popular speaker and writer on these topics. 

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School (1978)
  • B.A., Union College, summa cum laude (1975)
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Edinburgh (1973-1974)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits

Affiliations

  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Trustee)
  • Los Padres Forest Association (Vice President, Executive Board Member)
  • Union College (Former Trustee, Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member)
  • Greater Los Angeles Industrial Liaison Group (Board Member)
  • Navistar Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board (Former Board Member)
  • The Graduate College of Union University (Former Trustee, Board Secretary)
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago (Former Director and Executive Committee Member)
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice (Former National Advisor, Chicago Region Director and Executive Committee Member)
  • The University Club of Chicago (Former Director)
  • Remains Theatre (Past President, Vice President, Board Member)

Publications

Community Leadership

  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Trustee)
  • Los Padres Forest Association (Vice-President, Executive Board Member)
  • Union College (Former Trustee, Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member)
  • Greater Los Angeles Industrial Liaison Group Board of Directors (Board Member)
  • Navistar Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board (Board Member)
  • Union College (Trustee, Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member)
  • The Graduate College of Union University (Former Trustee, Board Secretary)
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago (Former Director and Executive Committee Member)
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice (Former National Advisor, Chicago Region Director and Executive Committee Member)
  • The University Club of Chicago (Former Director)
  • Remains Theatre (Past President)

Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer Network
  • Who’s Who in America

The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.