JAMES & HOFFMAN, P.C., founded in 1995, is a litigation firm made up of seasoned advocates and specialists with decades of legal and practical experience in labor and employment law. We provide legal counsel and representation to a broad range of clients throughout the country including major national, international and local labor unions and labor-related organizations; professional associations; individuals working in government, medicine, academia, journalism, information technology and many other professions and occupations; advocacy groups; public affairs and consulting firms; and charitable, educational, and other non-profit entities.


James & Hoffman is made up of hands-on advocates with national reputations in the field of labor and employment law and decades of experience handling complex, precedent-setting cases. In addition to litigating throughout the country, we advise organizations, represent public- and private-sector employees seeking resolution of individual employment disputes, and serve as general counsel to the nation’s largest healthcare & property services union and the union representing the active and retired teachers of the D.C. Public Schools.


Our lawyers maintain an extensive national practice, prosecuting and defending a wide variety of cases in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts, administrative agencies, and labor arbitration and other alternate dispute resolution forums. In addition to litigation, we provide a comprehensive range of legal services including advising clients on contract negotiations, union governance, and other institutional matters. From our base in Washington, D.C., we also provide legislative counsel and representation before Congress, the Washington, D.C. City Council, and federal agencies including with respect to federal rulemaking and other regulatory processes.

From the firm’s inception, James & Hoffman has made human rights, civil liberties and social justice an important part of our work, not only in the United States but in global forums. We partner with international and domestic groups to fight abuses, here and abroad, through education, advocacy, and impact litigation. Our firm has incubated and supported significant community and human rights projects, and James & Hoffman attorneys have gone on to lead and continue these local and international initiatives. Our ongoing pro bono work includes successful enforcement of wage standards and other laws for the benefit of the most vulnerable and exploited workers.

We are committed to providing strong and cost-effective representation, whether in complex litigation, large-scale and class actions, individual employment disputes and negotiations, or labor arbitration representing local unions and the workers they represent. Our flexible, collegial structure allows us to draw on the strengths, skills, and resources best suited to any given task or project. We continually seek innovative solutions to our clients’ needs, both in and out of court, and have a proven record of providing high-quality, creative and personalized representation to our varied institutional and individual clients.

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