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Pete Hoffman’s entire legal career of more than 35 years has been spent in the preparation and trial of civil cases. He has extensive experience in preparing and trying products liability cases. He is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. He has both prepared and tried cases involving auto accidents, premises liability, general negligence, insurance (including automobile liability, homeowner’s and General Liability insurance), admiralty and commercial disputes. Pete has a litigation practice in both federal and state courts and has tried numerous cases to jury verdicts in both Missouri and Illinois. He has also argued before the appellate courts of Missouri, Illinois and the 7th and 8th U.S. Circuits.

In 2010, Pete was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court as one of twelve lawyer-members to a special Committee which spent two years reviewing Expert Discovery rules and recommending to the Court possible changes to those rules.

He has been hired as both a mediator and as an arbitrator in various litigation-related matters. Pete has testified before subcommittees of the Missouri legislature on tort-related issues and has lectured at engineering and legal seminars on products liability, trial preparation and civil procedure.

Pete is also experienced in assisting organizations to reduce liability exposure by providing legal advice and reviewing procedures, warning language and policies.

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois

Education

  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, JD, 1976
  • Washington University, St. Louis, BA, 1973

Memberships & Activities

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Lawyer's Association of St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar

Publications

  • Co-Author, Chapter 2: Evaluation and Settlement of Personal Injury Claims, Missouri Settling Cases (MoBar Deskbook 2014).
  • Co-Author, Chapter 2: Evaluation and Settlement of Personal Injury Claims, Missouri Litigation Settlements (MoBar Deskbook 2001, 2009).
  • Contributing Author, Exclusion of Improper Expert Testimony, Section on Law in the 8th Circuit (Product Liability Advisory Council Case Law Supplement 1999).
  • Author, Chapter 43(e) Missouri Products Liability Handbook (MoBar 1991).

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Certifications

  • Mediator Certification, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1999

News & Events

Pete Hoffman Co-Authors Chapter on Evaluation and Settlement of Personal Injury Claims

07.10.14 | Peter Hoffman co-authored a chapter entitled “Evaluation and Settlement of Personal Injury Claims,” in the 2014 Missouri Bar Deskbook Missouri Settling Cases, which is part of the MoBarCLE Deskbook series.

Hoffman to Serve as National Trial Competition Judge

02.08.11 | On February 17 and 18, Pete Hoffman will serve as a Judge for the first two rounds of the Regional Qualifying Tournament of the ABA/American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition being held in St. Louis. The competition is being held at the Civil Courts building in downtown St. Louis. . .
  • Crow v. Crawford & Co.

    259 S.W.3d 104 (Mo. App. E.D. 2008)
     
  • Ware v. Whiting

    2007 WL 2409751 (E.D. Mo. 2007)
     
  • Filla v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co.

    336 F.3d 806 (8th Cir. Mo. 2003)
     
  • Mothershead v. Greenbriar Country Club, Inc.

    994 S.W.2d 80 (Mo. App. E.D. 1999)
  • Athmer v. C.E.I. Equipment Co. Inc.

    121 F.3d 294 (7th Cir. (Ill.) 1997)
     
  • Brueggemann v. Elbert

    948 S.W.2d 212 (Mo. App. E.D. 1997)
     
  • Bramon v. U-Haul

    945 S.W.2d 676 (Mo. App. E.D. 1997)
     
  • Jones v. Sparkman

    922 S.W.2d 816 (Mo. App. E.D. 1996)
     
  • State ex. rel. Malone v. Mummert

    889 S.W.2d 822 (Mo. 1994)
     
  • Waggoner v. Mercedes Benz of North America, Inc.

    879 S.W.2d 692 (Mo. App. 1994)
     
  • Holmes v. Arbeitman

    857 S.W.2d 442 (Mo. App. 1993)
     
  • Royal Indemnity Co. v. Werner

    979 F.2d 1299 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 1992)
     
  • GWT-PAT, Inc. v. Mehlville Fire Protection District

    801 S.W. 2d 798 (Mo. App. E.D. 1991)
     
  • Hughes v. Balemaster, Inc.

    652 F. Supp. 1350 (E.D. Mo. 1987)
     
  • Taylor v. General Motors Corp.

    715 S.W.2d 925 (Mo. 1986)
     
  • Complaint of Valley Towing Service

    629 F. Supp. 139 (E.D. Mo. 1985)
     
  • Koch v. Bangert Brothers Road Builders, Inc.

    697 S.W. 2d 315 (Mo. App. E.D. 1985)
  • Federal Barge Lines, Inc. v. Granite City Steel, Div. of Nat. Steel Corp.

    608 F. Supp. 142 (E.D. Mo. 1985)
     
  • Agri-Trans Corp. v. Peavey Co.

    742 F.2d 1137 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 1984)
     
  • State ex rel. Dick Proctor Imports, Inc. v. Gaertner

    671 S.W.2d 273 (Mo. 1984)
     
  • Complaint of Valley Towing Service

    581 F. Supp. 1287 (E.D. Mo. 1984)
     
  • Ohio River Co. v. Great Lakes Carbon Corp.

    562 F. Supp. 61 (E.D. Mo. 1982)
     
  • Soutiea v. American National Insurance Co.

    595 S.W.2d 467 (Mo. App. E.D. 1980)
     
  • State ex rel. Maryland Heights Concrete Contractors, Inc. v. Ferris

    588 S.W.2d 489 (Mo. 1979)
     
  • Universal Towing Co. v. Barrale

    595 F.2d 414 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 1979)
     
  • Hurt v. General Motors Corp.

    553 F.2d 1181 (8th Cir. (Mo.) 1977)
     

Blog Posts

Hobby Lobby Decision continues to resonate

04.21.15 | On March 9, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari at the request of the University of Notre Dame on another matter arising from the Affordable Care Act, and remanded the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, with instructions to reconsider its ruling in light of the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Missouri Court of Appeals Weighs in on the Stringent Requirements of the Pre-Judgment Interest Statute, and Whether Partial Payment of a Judgment Waives the Right of Appeal

01.27.15 | Strict compliance with the pre-judgment interest statute is still required; partial payment of a judgment to avoid post-judgment interest is considered involuntary and does not waive the right of appeal

The Hobby Lobby decision is already being felt in other cases.

07.09.14 | The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision on June 30 and it is already having a ripple effect. On July 3rd, the Court issued an injunction on a case pending in the lower Federal Courts simplifying the paperwork needed to claim a religious exemption under the Hobby Lobby decision. The female members of the Court issued a dissent to the order.

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision - What it does and does not do

07.01.14 | Closely-held or family owned companies whose owners have strong religious beliefs may be able to exclude certain contraception-related benefits from their employee health benefit programs. The federal government has available "less restrictive" means of assuring that employees get access to such care at no additional cost, than an outright mandate that all employers provide those benefits.

Missouri Now Authorizes Discretionary Federal-Type Expert Witness Discovery

11.22.13 | Especially in complex cases, defense counsel should consider requesting earlier and more extensive expert disclosures, under recent amendments to Rule 62.01, on Case Management conferences.

Missouri Now Authorizes Discretionary Federal-Type Expert Witness Discovery

11.22.13 | Especially in complex cases, defense counsel should consider requesting earlier and more extensive expert disclosures, under recent amendments to Rule 62.01, on Case Management conferences.