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 practiced labor and employment law for more than three decades.  As counsel to management, Ms. Hoffman advises employers of all varieties and sizes, including Fortune 100 technology, hospitality, manufacturing and financial services companies.  Ms. Hoffman’s practice encompasses strategies to prevent and resolve employment discrimination litigation, including pay equity and glass ceiling issues; OFCCP defense and affirmative action compliance, and advice about legally defensible diversity practices.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Employment Analytics Group and the OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team within the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department.

In 2015 Ms. Hoffman co-founded, with Seyfarth partner Annette Tyman, Seyfarth’s Employment Analytics Group. This forward-facing practice helps employers define and design metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives including pay equity, diversity & inclusion, strategic workforce realignment including reductions in force, effective talent sourcing, recruiting and management, and other objectives where data can be leveraged to assist in the understanding of improvements in human capital management and worklife.

Ms. Hoffman has extensive nation-wide experience defending clients in OFCCP audits of every type, every level of difficulty and in every OFCCP Region.  Her work with clients encompasses the development of defensive strategies as well as consulting to improve client performance in these critical audits.  Ms. Hoffman is a nationally recognized thought leader in the effective defense of significant OFCCP affected class allegations; in defending and resolving glass ceiling issues; in assessing, addressing and defending pay equity issues; and in using affirmative action plan results to map trends and spot issues for prevention of litigation.  She has a deep understanding of applicant definition, tracking and screening issues, has extensive knowledge of tools and technologies used to assist employers in these activities and has successfully defended many employers challenged by class-wide or individual discrimination allegations related to their applicant screening and hiring practices.

In 1998 Ms. Hoffman founded the Firm’s OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team, a group of more than two dozen attorneys and non-attorney professionals who specialize in high quality counsel and support for OFCCP matters.  Under Ms. Hoffman’s leadership, the team represents hundreds of clients of all sizes and industries in matters involving OFCCP proceedings, including audits, enforcement actions, and other litigation.  The team has developed and assisted in the implementation of thousands of affirmative action programs, including large-scale fully outsourced AAP development and administration projects.

Ms. Hoffman also provides counsel and advice on diversity best practices, metrics, progress, metrics, progress management and change management.  Because of her nationwide practice, she has a broad knowledge of practical solutions for achieving diversity objectives.  She has extensive experience counseling senior leaders about these issues and their intersection with employment discrimination law.  In acknowledgment of her pre-eminence in this area, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) selected Ms. Hoffman to serve on its Workplace Diversity Expertise Panel.

Ms. Hoffman receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including workplace metrics, OFCCP compliance, glass ceiling issues, pay equity and diversity.  She frequently lectures on these topics and has also authored articles and book chapters.  She also has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago, teaching a course in Legal Aspects of Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts.

Ms. Hoffman is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she has practiced labor and employment law for more than three decades.  As counsel to management, Ms. Hoffman advises employers of all varieties and sizes, including Fortune 100 technology, hospitality, manufacturing and financial services companies.  Ms. Hoffman’s practice encompasses strategies to prevent and resolve employment discrimination litigation, including pay equity and glass ceiling issues; OFCCP defense and affirmative action compliance, and advice about legally defensible diversity practices.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Employment Analytics Group and the OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team within the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department.

In 2015 Ms. Hoffman co-founded, with Seyfarth partner Annette Tyman, Seyfarth’s Employment Analytics Group. This forward-facing practice helps employers define and design metrics for tracking, assessment and achievement of workforce objectives including pay equity, diversity & inclusion, strategic workforce realignment including reductions in force, effective talent sourcing, recruiting and management, and other objectives where data can be leveraged to assist in the understanding of improvements in human capital management and worklife.

Ms. Hoffman has extensive nation-wide experience defending clients in OFCCP audits of every type, every level of difficulty and in every OFCCP Region.  Her work with clients encompasses the development of defensive strategies as well as consulting to improve client performance in these critical audits.  Ms. Hoffman is a nationally recognized thought leader in the effective defense of significant OFCCP affected class allegations; in defending and resolving glass ceiling issues; in assessing, addressing and defending pay equity issues; and in using affirmative action plan results to map trends and spot issues for prevention of litigation.  She has a deep understanding of applicant definition, tracking and screening issues, has extensive knowledge of tools and technologies used to assist employers in these activities and has successfully defended many employers challenged by class-wide or individual discrimination allegations related to their applicant screening and hiring practices.

In 1998 Ms. Hoffman founded the Firm’s OFCCP, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team, a group of more than two dozen attorneys and non-attorney professionals who specialize in high quality counsel and support for OFCCP matters.  Under Ms. Hoffman’s leadership, the team represents hundreds of clients of all sizes and industries in matters involving OFCCP proceedings, including audits, enforcement actions, and other litigation.  The team has developed and assisted in the implementation of thousands of affirmative action programs, including large-scale fully outsourced AAP development and administration projects.

Ms. Hoffman also provides counsel and advice on diversity best practices, metrics, progress, metrics, progress management and change management.  Because of her nationwide practice, she has a broad knowledge of practical solutions for achieving diversity objectives.  She has extensive experience counseling senior leaders about these issues and their intersection with employment discrimination law.  In acknowledgment of her pre-eminence in this area, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) selected Ms. Hoffman to serve on its Workplace Diversity Expertise Panel.

Ms. Hoffman receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including workplace metrics, OFCCP compliance, glass ceiling issues, pay equity and diversity.  She frequently lectures on these topics and has also authored articles and book chapters.  She also has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago, teaching a course in Legal Aspects of Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts.

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)
  • Union College (Former 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, 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.