Kenneth R. Hoffman

Partner
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Ken Hoffman counsels clients in the public and private sectors on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. Ken focuses on executive compensation, governmental retirement plans, multiemployer plans, and collective bargaining of employee benefits. He counsels clients on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans (including government and tax-exempt organizations) and tax-sheltered annuities. He has helped employers negotiate withdrawals from multiemployer pension plans, and has negotiated plan mergers and transfers.  He has also constructed stock option programs and other forms of equity compensation, as part of executive agreements.

Ken negotiates compensation and benefits for represented employees and advises on single-employer and multiemployer plans, fiduciary matters associated with retirement plans, worker classification issues, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and benefits issues that arise from acquisitions and mergers. His advocacy for employment clients also extends to representing them before Congress on legislative changes in single-employer and multiemployer retirement plans.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Order of the Coif University of Maryland School of Law 1977
  • B.S. Frostburg State College 1974

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association; former chair, Taxation Section
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Served on Tax Advisory Committee to Senator Benjamin Cardin
  • Served on the Comptroller's Task Force to study the impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on the state of Maryland
  • Adjunct professor, graduate tax program, University of Baltimore
  • Has lectured widely on pension and other retirement benefit-related issues before the American Benefits Council, the Maryland State Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee, and other organizations
 

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Legal 500, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Recognized in Legal 500, Employee Health and Retirement Plans, 2017
  • Included in Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2016
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (Band 1), Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Maryland, 2012 - 2018
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (Band 2), Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Maryland, 2010, 2011
  • Named Baltimore Employee Benefits "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, 2011
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (Band 2), Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, National, 2006
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2019
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Baltimore, Washington, DC, 2013
  • Included in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2016
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
 

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Past president, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Volunteerism

  • Former chair and member, board of directors, CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.
  • Former secretary/treasurer and trustee, National Aquarium in Baltimore Foundation, Inc., 1983 - 2007
  • Former director, National Aquarium Institute