Joe Hoffman co-chairs the Washington D.C. Business Group. His commercial practice focuses on real estate and corporate transactions involving the purchase and sale of assets and companies, as well as institutional financing transactions in a wide range of industries. He represents real estate developers, telecommunications companies, lenders, venture capital funds, emerging growth companies, thoroughbred horse industry interests and high net worth individuals.
Over the course of his career, Joe has successfully closed billions of dollars of business transactions. When structuring, negotiating and documenting such deals, Joe is totally client-focused and results-driven, and is able to see beyond the particular challenges of a transaction in order to serve as a catalyst to closing it. Joe understands businesses of all sizes and with diverse goals and budgets. He accommodates clients with simple transactions, as well as those that require sophisticated legal counsel and acute negotiation skills, to achieve the desired outcome.
One of the most prolific deal makers at Kelley Drye, Joe provides the talent and intellectual agility needed to close even the most sophisticated or difficult transactions, as well as less complex transactions. He is diplomatic, focused and persuasive. After decades of practice, Joe understands the big picture of a transaction, and he is most appreciated for delivering practical solutions to even the most challenging negotiations in order to forge win/win solutions. End-game driven and pragmatic, Joe excels in determining the critical factors of a transaction, as well as in negotiating through or around even the most precarious scenarios, by bringing people together to support his client’s business objectives.
Joe is personally committed to the clients he serves, and enjoys serving not only as a trusted legal advisor, but also as a member of their team. His dedication and responsiveness have resulted in long-term client relationships, some of which have lasted for more than 25 years. Joe’s consistently stellar performance has him ranked among the “best of the best” in transactional law. He was awarded the SmartCEO
“Power Player” award for 2013, and he was listed among Washington, D.C.’s “Leading Lawyers” for 2006 and 2008. Joe also was ranked as a preeminent attorney in the Corporate/M&A area by Chambers USA
in 2008 and 2009. As if practicing law was not enough to consume all his time, Joe enjoys family time, skiing, biking and swimming, and devotes substantial time giving back to the community by holding leadership positions in various non-profit organizations.
Charles E. Smith Life Communities, immediate past board chair and board member
Congregation Beth El, vice president of development and board member
Congregation Beth El presented Joe with the Kavod award for service to the Jewish community on March 5, 2017.
2013 SmartCEO Power Player Award
Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Corporate/M&A area by Chambers USA, 2008 and 2009.
Honored as one of Washington's leading lawyers, SmartCEO magazine, 2006 and 2008.