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Sarah M. Hoffman

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Sarah M. Hoffman

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Practice Groups

Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Health Care

Overview

Ms. Hoffman is a health care litigator who helps systems, hospitals, clinics, and individual providers navigate and prevent lawsuits, investigations, board proceedings, and hearings.

Ms. Hoffman regularly defends providers in multi-million dollar birth injury cases in both state and federal court. She also represents providers in licensing actions, and counsels health care clients regarding various legal issues, including laws governing treatment of patients with mental illnesses and confidentiality of medical records.

Ms. Hoffman is involved in her community, currently volunteering for the American Heart Association and the Tubman Safety Project.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Law Journal, Assistant Editor
  • Concordia College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Judicial Clerkship

  • First Judicial District, The Honorable Shawn Moynihan, Law Clerk, 2008-2013

Experience

Representative Cases

Ms. Hoffman is routinely part of litigation teams handling high-damage medical malpractice cases involving complex medical and legal issues.

Part of trial  team that obtained a defense verdict  for an obstetrical practice group accused of negligence in failing to deliver a child born with e. coli meningitis, born to a mother with preterm premature rupture of membranes, who left the hospital against her physicians’ advice.

Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict for an emergency room physician in a case involving allegations of improperly prescribing an antibiotic, and contentions of extensive medication side effects.

Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict for a dermatopathologist accused of failing to diagnose melanoma in a wrongful death case.

Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict in a birth injury case for a family practice physician accused of failing to timely deliver a child later diagnosed with neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.

Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon in a case involving a pseudomonas bacterial infection, and allegations that defendant surgeon failed to perform an examination that would have led to earlier diagnosis of the infection.

Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict in a negligent nondisclosure case involving disclosure of risks of LASIK surgery.

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Health Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Women in the Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2018-present
  • Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Minnesota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement

  • American Heart Association, Go Red for Women
  • Tubman Safety Project
  • William Mitchell College of Law, mentor, 2012-2013
  • Pro Se Clinic at William Mitchell College of Law, Minnesota Justice Foundation, volunteer attorney, 2009-2011

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2016-present
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Seminars

Ms. Hoffman regularly presents to and trains health care providers and lawyers on issues relating to health care law and the greater industry.

  • Perspectives From In-House Counsel, panel moderator, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Women in the Law Committee, November 13, 2018
  • The Reptile Theory: How to Spot the Snake in the Grass and Strike Back Before Trial, co-presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, Duluth, MN, August 17, 2018
  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Litigation, co-presenter, 2018 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, April 12, 2018
  • Use of the Health Officer Authority: Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions, presenter, private health system, 2017
  • Medical Assistance Liens – Update on the Law, presenter, 2017 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, May 20, 2017
  • Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits: Informed Consent, Negligent Nondisclosure, and the “Reptile” Theory, co-presenter, large private practice health care provider, 2016
  • Peer Review 101: Rules of the Road, co-presenter with R.E. Moos, Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management, June 24, 2016
  • The ACA’s Impact on Medical Malpractice Litigation, presenter, large regional health care provider, May 4, 2016
  • Expecting the Unexpected: How to Keep Your Cool Under Pressure, co-presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Mid-Winter Conference, January 29, 2016
  • Working with Experts, Continuing Education Seminar, co-presenter with C.M. Loidolt, Minnesota State Bar Association, December 2, 2015