Longboat Key, FL
Principal and Owner, Hoffman Mediation. Unique experience as career involves serving as (i) a practicing Commercial, Securities, Franchise, Intellectual Property and Business attorney and litigator and (ii) the CEO/co-owner of a privately-held group of companies involved in the world-wide licensing of intellectual property, including software, publishing and animated film. Experience has provided a thorough understanding of commercial and business litigation, process and procedure in both a legal and corporate context.
As a corporate CEO, developed and managed a group of privately-held companies involved in nearly every aspect of Intellectual Property licensing, publishing and product and software development. Under management, the company developed a chain of retail stores, an animated movie and published a national magazine with 500k+ net paid circulation. Operations spanned the United States, involved hundreds of employees and licensees and achieved brand lifetime retail sales in excess of US $1 billion. Among other awards, company was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.
Has also been a regular speaker and teacher in the Licensing University sponsored by the Licensing Industry Manufacturer's Association (LIMA) at its annual licensing trade conference. Though serving as a full-time neutral, also continues to work as a consultant in licensing, developing emerging properties in product development, animation and publishing.
Purdue University (BS, Economics with honors-1971); Washington University (JD, Honors Scholar-1974).