Craig Hoffman focuses his practice on complex business disputes, as well as data privacy, information security and social media. Mr. Hoffman has successfully represented a variety of interests in complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, including contract disputes, construction delay claims, insurance coverage and premises and product liability claims. He has also represented companies in class action litigation arising from data breaches and alleged violations of federal privacy laws and regulations.
Mr. Hoffman regularly counsels clients on notice obligations, remediation strategies and risk avoidance in connection with data breach incidents involving personal information and cardholder data. He is experienced in managing all aspects of incident response—from working with internal resources and external forensic experts to contain and remediate the intrusion, to minimizing reputational harm, to mitigating potential liability. He also helps companies identify, evaluate and manage risks associated with privacy and information security practices. In breaches involving payment card data, Mr. Hoffman guides clients through the PCI DSS revalidation process, while working to minimize assessments and fines by the card brands.
Mr. Hoffman conducts privacy assessments to determine the scope of a company’s legal obligations regarding personally identifiable information under its control and the company’s compliance with those obligations. He also helps companies develop appropriate written information security programs. Mr. Hoffman advises companies involved in transactions on privacy, security and social media issues, including due diligence and drafting appropriate representations and warranties.
Mr. Hoffman serves as the editor of BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog, providing commentary on developments in data privacy, security, social media and behavioral advertising.
Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Ohio State, Cincinnati and Kentucky Bar Associations, and was a member of Class XIV (2010) of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Mr. Hoffman clerked for U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Thomas F. Phalen.
3/26/2013 - Hoffman’s Article Details Risks Faced by Merchants When Outsourcing Credit Card Processing
1/7/2013 - Hoffman Tells Law360 Supreme Court Likely to Bar Access to Driver’s Info
12/19/2012 - BakerHostetler and The E.W. Scripps Company Win “Sector Deal of the Year”