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Last week, Venable announced the addition of Dan Hoffer in the Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm's nationally recognized Labor and Employment practice group. Hoffer has successfully litigated hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal court, and before such administrative agencies as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. News of Hoffer’s move was featured in Law360 on June 8, 2012.

Speaking about his practice in an interview with Law360, Hoffer said, “Primarily, I do employment litigation, representing companies in connection with claims brought by former employees for race discrimination, sexual harassment and things of that nature… Beyond that, I represent employers in claims involving theft of trade secrets — high-level employees leaving with the client Rolodex. Both are equally intriguing.”

Early in his career, Hoffer was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) working on a on a violent crimes and major offenders task force with the Los Angeles Police Department and other federal agencies. “In the FBI, I interviewed hundreds and hundreds of people as an agent, and that skill set carried over into the practice of law not only with respect to taking depositions, but preparing your own witnesses to give testimony, presenting evidence to a court, organizing evidence and knowing how to put together a case,” Hoffer said. “My law practice goes hand-in-hand with what I did as an agent.”

When asked about his decision to join Venable, Hoffer told Law360, “To me, Venable provides the best of both worlds… The L.A. office provided the opportunity to keep the same clients I was managing at a small firm and yet have the platform and other benefits of a big firm. Some of these monolith international law firms don't give you that flexibility.”