Christian M. Hoffman

Retired Partner - Boston

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Chris Hoffman’s litigation and trial practice at Foley Hoag LLP focused primarily on accounting, auditing and securities disputes and, secondarily, on contract and business tort litigation. He devoted a substantial part of his practice to the defense of professional liability claims against Big Four and regional accounting firms and their professionals in federal and state courts, in SEC and state investigations and in state accountancy board matters. Chris also represented foreign Big Four member firms and partners of those firms in litigation brought in the United States and in SEC administrative proceedings. In addition, he advised clients on auditing and accounting claims avoidance and engaged in the mediation of numerous securities law and professional liability disputes.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1969
  • Boston College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1966

Representative Experience

  • Represented Big Four firm in suit brought by multi-generational family office arising out of COO’s defalcation and alleged conversion of investment opportunities.
  • Represented healthcare products and services company in baseball style arbitration of closing balance sheet dispute with selling shareholders of genetics company.
  • Served as trial counsel for selling stockholders of private company in suit brought against investment bank for misrepresentation and deceitful practices with respect to merger into public company subsidiary.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in MDL federal securities class action, In re Tyco International Ltd., and related SEC investigation, state investigation and derivative action.
  • Served as trial counsel for Big Four accounting firm in federal securities class action, In re Raytheon Securities Litigation; settled after commencement of trial.
  • Represented international accounting firm in defense of suit brought by acquirer of ship line claiming misleading Canadian GAAP financials.
  • SEC investigation: Represented manufacturing company in SEC investigation regarding revenue recognition issues; investigation closed without findings.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in state action brought by bank syndicate providing revolving credit line to healthcare equipment company securitizing client debt obligations.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in suit brought by selling shareholders of supermarket chain claiming losses from closing balance sheet arbitration that shareholders had lost to U.S. subsidiary of Danish supermarket holding company.
  • SEC investigation: Represented international accounting firm partner in investigation concerning revenue recognition practices of software company.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in federal securities class action, In Re: Stone & Webster, Inc. Securities Litigation.


  • Listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2006-2013


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Foundation, Fellow
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims