Olivia G. Hoffman

Associate

Education

  • B.A., Brown University, 2010
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015
  • cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. William G. Young, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Dean's Award for Community Leadership, Harvard Law School
  • Managing Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Olivia Hoffman is an Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. Prior to joining the firm, she was a litigation Associate at Jenner & Block LLP, where she worked on a variety of commercial matters including affirmative copyright litigation on behalf of the nation's largest record labels, representation of a major transportation company before an accounting arbitrator, and defense of a shareholder class action. 

At Jenner & Block, Olivia’s pro bono practice ranged from First Amendment litigation to the successful representation of an undocumented minor in obtaining a court order to permit her to seek an adjustment of status.  Olivia worked with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on its challenge to President Trump’s practice of blocking individual users on Twitter.  In June 2018, a district court ruled that Trump’s practice constituted unlawful viewpoint discrimination, and the government subsequently unblocked the plaintiffs’ accounts.  Olivia was also a primary drafter of the opening brief in a pending appeal filed in a similar case in the Fourth Circuit, which addresses the constitutionality of a public official’s blocking of his or her constituents on social media based on disapproval of or disagreement with the views expressed by those constituents. In addition, Olivia has represented capital habeas defense organizations in Texas in opposing proposed action by the Department of Justice that would expedite the death penalty appeals process in that state. 

Chief among my values as a lawyer is to practice law with integrity.  That means providing clients with the zealous advocacy to which they are entitled, and doing my part to ensure that the system I am so fortunate to be a part of is fair. 

At Harvard Law School, Olivia served as a teaching assistant for the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program, provided research assistance to Professor William Rubenstein in connection with his work on a treatise on class action litigation, and interned for a judge on the Boston Municipal Court.  She also spent a summer working on consumer class actions as part of the Special Litigation Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group. Following law school, she clerked for Judge William G. Young on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.