People: Valerie J. Hoffman, Partner

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Valerie J. Hoffman

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5870
Fax: (312) 460-7870
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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

National Conference ILG Presentations

  • 2017 Legal Experts Panel
  • 2017 Managing the Worst Case AAP Results: What to Do Now
  • 2017 Aspirins for Pay Audits:  Building and Leveraging your HRIS to Take Away the Pain from Repeat Pay Equity Assessments
  • 2016 Practical Solutions for Addressing Workplace Issues Relating to Transgender Individuals
  • 2016 Legal Experts Panel
  • 2015 Self-Auditing your Applicant Screening and Implementing Trackers
  • 2015 Affirmative Action Compliance & Diversity/Inclusion - Identifying Synergies While Understanding Legal Risk
  • 2015 Legal Experts Panel
  • 2014 Policy Makers Talk about Revised FCCM, Other Agency Considerations & Title VII Perspectives(Carr/Lipnic/Hoffman)
  • 2014 Legal Experts Panel
  • 2013 Compensation Discussion with Pam Coukos, OFCCP (Coukos/Hoffman)
  • 2013 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Lessons Learned from Real Audits
  • 2012 Multi Establishment & Enterprise Wide Compliance
  • 2012 Applicant Tracking Trends & Compliance
  • 2012 Experts Panel
  • 2011 Be Prepared! How to Handle New and Emerging Issues in OFCCP Audits
  • 2010 Social Media Platforms: The Recruiting Reality and Mitigating Risk

Other Presentations

  • “Pay Equity Think Tank,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, CA (November 30, 2016)
  • “OFCCP Revises Its Standard Audit Procedures- What You Need To Know About the Newly Revised Federal Contract Compliance Manual,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 26, 2013)
  • “OFCCP’s ‘Game-Changing’ Disability and Veterans Regulations Finalized,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 3, 2013)
  • “OFCCP’s New Compensation Plan Provides Little Direction,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 15, 2013)
  • “Criminal Background Checks Now On The OFCCP's Radar,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 15, 2013)

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.