Janet Lee Hoffman

Janet Lee Hoffman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, OR

Janet Hoffman & Associates LLC
 | 1000 Southwest Broadway, Suite 1500
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-222-1125
Fax: 503-222-7589
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    In the 30 years Ms. Hoffman has practiced criminal defense, she has obtained the highest professional ratings. In addition to being listed in Best Lawyers in America each year since 2001, she was identified by her peers as one of Oregon's top 50 "Super Lawyers." She is a member of the International Society of Barristers and was awarded an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale–Hubbell (top rating in skill and ethics by her peers). Ms. Hoffman has established significant legal precedent in both state and federal courts.

    Ms. Hoffman received her JD in 1977 and worked as a public defender until 1981, when she entered private practice. She has dedicated her career to providing the highest quality defense to all of her clients, while at the same time raising the standard of practice by way of creative defenses, aggressive motion practice, teaching and writing.

    She is currently an editor of the Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal and a member of the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, and in the past served on the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar and the Board of the Multnomah Bar Association. Ms. Hoffman has also served on the Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee and the ACLU Lawyers' Committee (Northern District).

    Ms. Hoffman is a frequent speaker, both locally and nationally, on topics related to voir dire, jury selection, use of demonstrative evidence, cross-examination, trial techniques, expert witness testimony, presentation of defense theories, and the Oregon Evidence Code.

    She received her BA from the University of Redlands in 1973 and her JD from Boston College Law School in 1977.



    White Papers

  • "What Can You Afford to Risk? Self-Incrimination in Civil Litigation" (2018) - Author

  • "The Right to a Fair and Impartial Jury Under Modern Voir Dire Methods" - Author

  • "Ethical and Practical Considerations When Conducting Internal Investigations" - Author

  • Certificates and Credentials

    About Janet Hoffman

    Admitted: 1978, Oregon

    Professional Webpage: http://www.jhoffman.com/our-attorneys/janet-lee-hoffman


    • AV Preeminent, Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Super Lawyers Top 25 Women, Oregon
    • Super Lawyers Top 50, Oregon

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
    • Federal Bar Association
    • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
    • American Bar Association, White Collar Section
    • United States District Court, District of Oregon
    • Oregon Women Lawyers
    • State of Oregon
    • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Member of Portland Business Journal's Business Women's Coalition
    • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • State of Massachusetts (Voluntarily Inactive)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Instructor - Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2021
    • Trustee - Congregation Beth Israel, 2021
    • Founder/Head of Firm - Arlington Club Toast Masters , 2021
    • Board of Trustees - Metropolitan Public Defender, 2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Legal Standards, Author, "The Right to a Jury Trial in the Time of COVID-19", Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal, 2020
    • Vol. 2: Enforcement and Litigation, Author, "Criminal Liability" for Environmental Law, Bar Books, 2016
    • Litigation Journal, Author, "Maintaining Client Confidences and Secrets in the Face of Subpoena", Oregon State Bar, 2009
    • 29th Annual Northwest Securities Institute, Panel Speaker, "Sharing Information with Auditors while Maintaining Client Confidences", Oregon State Bar, 2009
    • CLE on Environmental Crimes and Penalties, Speaker, "Defending Alleged Environmental Crimes and Penalties - How to Respond to Indictments and Penalty Notices; Who to Negotiate With and What is the Trial like?", The Seminar Group, 2009

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the Criminal Defense: White-Collar category – Portland area, 2013
    • Member of the International Society of Barristers

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelors of Arts from the University of Redlands, 1973

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    Office Location for Janet Lee Hoffman

    1000 Southwest Broadway
    Suite 1500
    Portland, OR 97205

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    Last Updated: 3/3/2021

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