The Honorable John E. Hoffman Jr.

Adjunct Professor
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  • B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University, 1980 (summa cum laude)
  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1983 (magna cum laude)
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John E. Hoffman, Jr. was appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio in 2000. Before that time, he was a partner with Arter & Hadden LLP, where he practiced for more than a decade in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation with a focus on the representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees. He joined the firm after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., formerly a bankruptcy judge, now Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Hoffman has been involved in several organizations dedicated to improving the administration of the bankruptcy system. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and has served the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges as a member and chair of its Education Committee, a member of its Elections Committee, a member and chair of the Board of Directors of its Endowment for Education, and a member of its Board of Governors for a three-year term commencing in November 2018. Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to two three-year terms on the Federal Judicial Center‚ Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education. In addition, Judge Hoffman is actively involved with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law‚ as an adjunct professor of business bankruptcy and a member of its National Council; the 2015 recipient of its William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award; and the 2016 recipient of its Public Interest Law Foundation‚ Excellence in Public Service Award. Judge Hoffman also has worked to make legal services available to those who cannot afford them, having served on the Board of Trustees for The Legal Aid Society of Columbus from 1995-2000. He received the Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Judge from the Columbus Bar Association and Columbus Bar Foundation in 2012, and in 2015 had the honor of being presented with the Ohio State Bar Association‚ John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award, which is given in recognition of exceptional volunteer service by a lawyer that advances the common good of the people of Ohio.