Paul T. Hofmann

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New York, NY

Hofmann & Schweitzer
 | 360 West 31st Street, Suite 1506
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-465-8840
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1982
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

With more than 30 years of tort litigation experience, Paul T. Hofmann is a recognized champion for those whose lives have been forever changed by serious or catastrophic injuries. He has handled hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury suits and won more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for clients.

Although he is skilled in a wide variety of personal injury matters, Mr. Hofmann maintains a special emphasis on railroad, construction and maritime worker claims. Mr. Hofmann’s New York firm, Hofmann & Associates, is also strongly focused on providing personal and responsive client service. As Mr. Hofmann says, “Our mission is to maximize each client's recovery by thorough research, preparation and creative presentation.”

Mr. Hofmann earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 1981. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association, the American Association for Justice, the Traumatic Brain Injury Association, the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association and other legal organizations. He is also a lecturer, writer and former chair of the ATLA Admiralty Section.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (50%): Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Construction Litigation (30%)

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Transportation/Maritime: Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2013 - 2017

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About Paul Hofmann

Admitted: 1982, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • New York Association for Justice
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Vice-Chairman, American Association for Justice, 1996-97
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Association for Justice, Railroad Section, 1995 - Present
  • Secretary, American Association for Justice, Admiralty Section, 1995-96
  • Chairman, American Association for Justice, Admiralty Section, 1997-98

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association
  • Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Association
  • Coacher, Warren Youth Basketball Assciation
  • Legal Advisor, New Jersey Association of Rail Passengers
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Rail Passengers

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecture, "Is the Jones Act Dead for the Foreign Seaman? Some Current Topics in Application of the Jones Act and General Maritime Law to a Foreign Seafarer's Personal Injury Claim", New York County Lawyer's Association, 2010
  • Lecturer and Paper, "The ISM Code's Applicability to, and Benefits for, Injured Maritime Claimants" AAJ Convention, 2008
  • Lecturer, "From Sea To Sky", A general overview of maritime personal injury claims, New Jersey - Institute for Continuing Legal Education (I.C.L.E.), 2004
  • Lecturer, Claims Arising on Government Vessels, ATLA Winter Convention, 2002
  • An Analytical Framework for Maritime Preemption Cases Involving Wrongful Death Damages - The Legacy of Miles, Yamaha, Amtrack and Others, Tulane University Law School Maritime Law Journal, 1999
  • Lecturer, Negotiations for Draft Hague Convention on Foreign Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments, The Hague, Netherlands, Delegate to the U.S. Committee, 1999
  • Lecturer, "Use of Professional and Regulatory Standards to Prove Liability in Maritime Personal Injury Cases", ATLA Annual Convention, 1993
  • "Claims Arising on Government Vessels", ATLA Admiralty Section Newsletter, 1992
  • Guest Lecturer, Comparative American and Scottish Civil Procedure, University of Glasgow, School of Law, 1989
  • Lecturer, Thoughts on the Legal Decision in the Staten Island Ferry Crash - a Plaintiff's Personal Injury Attorney's Perspective,  Maritime Law Association

Representative Clients:

  • Razo v. Nordic Empress Shipping, Inc., Affd. 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 23713 (2009)
  • Razo v. Nordic Empress Shipping, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57618 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • Guenther v. Sedco, Inc., 866 F.Supp. 786 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)
  • Eriksen v. Long Island Lighting Co., 653 N.Y.S.2d 670 (2d Dept. 1997)
  • Deisler v. McCormack Aggregates Co., 54 F.3rd 1074 (3rd Cir. 1995)
  • Alvarez-Rodriquez v. Bermuda Star Lines, 898 F.2d 312 (2d Cir. 1990)
  • Coppinger v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, 861 F.2d 33 (2d Cir. 1988)
  • Cammon v. City of New York, 721 N.Y.S. 2d 579 (2000)
  • Olsen v. James Miller Marine Services, Inc., 16 A.D.3d 169 (1st Dept. 2005)

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, B.A. in Communications, 1975
Office Location for Paul T. Hofmann

360 West 31st Street
Suite 1506
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-465-8840


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Last Updated: 6/23/2017

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