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David R. Hoffman

Practice Professor of Law

David R. Hoffman

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Biography

David Hoffman is an authority on the practice of health law and corporate compliance who brings decades of experience litigating high-profile matters in both the public and private sectors.

Professor Hoffman is president of David Hoffman & Associates PC, a national consulting firm he established in 2005 that has expertise in law, policy, corporate compliance, and regulations that apply to health care delivery, patient safety, long-term care and fraud. The firm helps some of the nation’s largest health care providers adhere to regulatory requirements designed to ensure patient safety through legal and clinical compliance. The firm has also consulted the U.S. Department of Justice regarding failure of care in institutional settings and has been appointed by state and federal authorities to serve as a monitor for long-term care facilities that came under scrutiny for prior violations.

For more than a decade, Professor Hoffman served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, prosecuting health care fraud matters civilly and criminally. He led the first health care fraud prosecution in the district under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in a case involving multiple pharmacies and pharmacists, physicians, pharmaceutical drug representatives and street dealers related to the illegal prescribing and distribution of opioids. As a prosecutor, Mr. Hoffman successfully brought civil and/or criminal actions against physicians, managed care organizations, nurses, pharmacists, drug manufacturers, personal care home operators, educational institutions, hospitals and nursing homes. He also resolved allegations against the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s National Medical Center and three researchers from a high-profile gene therapy study that resulted in the death of Jesse Gelsinger. The settlement featured a financial component of more than $1 million and led to systemic changes designed to protect participants in human research.

In both 1996 and 2001, Professor Hoffman received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Department of Executive Office for United States Attorneys, in recognition of his work protecting the elderly from abuse and neglect. In 1999 and 2005, he received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Integrity Award.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Professor Hoffman served in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. There, he helped implement laws and regulations designed at protecting the elderly and ensuring that pharmaceutical providers complied with the state’s pharmaceutical program. Previously, he worked as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

Elected as a fellow for The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Professor Hoffman is a former president and current Board Member of The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society.

After receiving his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he clerked for Judge Anthony J. Scirica in state and federal court.

Education

JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
BA, University of Pittsburgh

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Courses

  • Regulating Patient Safety
  • Health Care Rules and Regulations (Master of Legal Studies Program)

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