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Paul L. Hoffman - Culver City, CA

9415 Culver Blvd.#115 Culver City, CA 90232

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Updated: 02/22/2022

Culver City Civil and Criminal Appeals Lawyer



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Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP Venice, California March 1994 - Present

In November 1999 I became a partner in Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP. Prior to that, on March 1, 1994, I established my own law firm. On May 1, 1997, the firm became Bostwick & Hoffman, LLP...

About Paul L. Hoffman

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil and Criminal Appeals
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Constitutional
  • Copyright
  • Discrimination
  • First Amendment
  • General Business Litigation
  • Privacy Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation

Representative Cases


Other Affiliations

  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2000 - Present (Member)
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society, 1997 - Present (Member)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1989 - 1992 (Lawyer Representative)
  • The State Bar of California, 1988 - 1991 (Member, Committee on Private Bar Involvement in Pro Bono Work)
  • ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 1984 - 1988 (Program Coordinator, International Human Rights Committee)
  • The State Bar of California, 1983 - 1986 (Committee on Human Rights)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Law Section, 1985 - 1987 (Executive Committee)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section, 1982 - 1986 (Executive Committee)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1980 - 1983 (Arbitrator (Legal Fee Disputes))
  • American Arbitration Association, 1981 - 1985 (Arbitrator, Commercial Panel)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1982 - 1983 (Vice-Chair, Arbitration Committee)
  • Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1983 - 1984 (Judge Pro Tem)
  • Amnesty International (Member)
  • Amnesty International - USA (Chair of the Board)
  • International League for Human Rights (Member of Board)
  • Center For Human Rights and Constitutional Law (Member of Board)
  • International Human Rights Law Group (Member, Domestic Advisory Committee)

Classes and Seminars

  • Associate Professor, Southwestern University School of Law, 1981 - 1984
  • Adjunct Teaching, Oxford University/George Washington School of Law, 1980 - Present
  • Adjunct Teaching, Stanford Law School
  • Adjunct Teaching, UCLA School of Law
  • Adjunct Teaching, USC Law School
  • Adjunct Teaching, Loyola Law School
  • Adjunct Teaching, Southwestern University School of Law

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1976 - Present

Past Positions

  • ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Legal Director, 1984 - 1994
  • Loeb and Loeb, Los Angeles, California, Associate Attorney (Litigation Department), 1976 - 1981
  • Stanley Fleishman, Co-Director


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1976
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, June, 1973
    Major: Economics
  • The City College of the City University of New York, June, 1972
    Honors: Class Standing: Top 5%
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude Regent's Scholarship
    Major: International Relations


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Published Works

  • "Security and Liberty: National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information,", (Co-Authored with Coliver, Fitzpatrick & Bowen), 1999
  • "International Human Rights Law and Police Reform," in Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City", (Co-Author with Eds. A. McArdle and T. Erzen), NYU Press, 2001
  • "Using Immigration Law to Protect Human Rights: A Legislative Proposal,", ( Co-Author with William Aceves), 20 Mich. J. of Int'l L. 657, 1999
  • "Safeguarding Liberty: National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: United States of America,", (Co-Author with Kate Martin), Secrecy and Liberty, Supra
  • "The Gag Order in the O.J. Simpson Civil Action: Lessons to be Learned?,", 17 Loyola Ent. L.J. 333, 1997
  • "The 'Blank Stare Phenomenon': Proving Customary International Law in U.S. Courts,", 25 Ga. J. Int'l and Comp. Law 181, 1996
  • "Enforcing International Human Rights Law in the United States," in Human Rights: An Agenda for the Next Century", (Co-Author with Nadine Strossen), American Society of International Law, 1994
  • "Double Jeopardy Wars: The Case for a Civil Rights 'Exception,", 41 UCLA L. Rev. 649, 1994
  • "The Feds, Lies and Videotape: The Need for an Effective Federal Role in Controlling Police Abuse in Urban America", 66 So. Cal. L. Rev. 1453, 1993
  • "The Elimination of Torture: International and Domestic Developments" 9 International Lawyer 1351, (Co-Author with Linda Brackins), Fall, 1985
  • "Public Interest Lawyers: Three Success Stories,", Los Angeles Lawyer, December, 1984
  • Hannum, "Guide to International Human Rights Practice," and Meron, "Human Rights in International Law: Legal and Policy Issues," 18 International Lawyer 741, Summer, 1984
  • "The Police Spying Settlement: New Safeguards for Political Expression,", (Co-Author with Robert Newman), Los Angeles Lawyer, May, 1984
  • "The Application of International Human Rights Law in State Courts: A View from California," 18 The International Lawyer 59, Winter, 1984
  • "Trade Union Rights Under Article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights," 5 Comparative Labor Law 149, 1982
  • "Assignment to Trial Department; Motions; Procedure in Chambers," in California Civil Procedure During Trial, (Co-Authored with Dale L. Gronemeier), C.E.B., 1982
  • "Environmental Law/The Clean Air Act Amendments," 1974/75 Annual Survey of American Law 641
  • "The Right of Self-Determination in Very Small Places," 8 N.Y.U. Journal of International Law and Politics 331, (Co-Authored with Professor Thomas M. Franck), 1976
  • "The United Nations and the Death Penalty," in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • United Nations and Amnesty International, (Co-Authored with Zazi Pope), AIUSA, Fall, 1988

Office Information


9415 Culver Blvd.#115 Culver City, CA 90232


  • (310) 399-7040


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  • Staff Member, Annual Survey of American Law, 1974-1975
  • Research Associate, International Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1975-1976
  • Law Clerk, Manhattan Legal Services (N.Y.U. Public Interest Clinic), 1974-1975
  • RFK Fellow, Office of Congressman Jonathan Bingham, Washington, D.C., 1974

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