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Kelly M. Hoffman

Kelly M. Hoffman

Two Canal Plaza  P.O. Box 4600
Portland, Maine 04112
PH: (207) 774-7000
FX: (207) 775-0806
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Kelly Hoffman is an ardent trial attorney, who helps individuals and businesses with a wide range of litigation matters. Her practice includes employment and discrimination matters, insurance defense and subrogation, professional liability defense, business defense and prosecution, OSHA compliance and investigations, family matters, and tax concerns.  Kelly is a frequent presenter at seminars conducted for insurance companies, hospitals, educational facilities, employers, attorneys, educators,  and medical professionals on matters of employment, ethics, risk management, and professional liability.  Since 2013, she has been listed in New England Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of her peers.  In 2014, Kelly achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer achievement rating (BV® Distinguished™) for a lawyer who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years. Best Lawyers recognized Kelly in 2018 for her work in :  Litigation - Labor and Employment and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants.

Kelly is fluent in German and speaks Polish. Prior to joining Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, she was a summer associate at the law firm of Hausmaninger Kletter in Vienna, Austria, where she assisted multi-national corporations with the resolution of contract disputes and participated in international arbitration.

While in law school, Kelly was a member of the Moot Court Board and was honored for writing the Best Respondent’s Brief. Additionally, she was an editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and is the author of an article about the international debate surrounding alewives and the use of shared fishing ladders by Canada and the United States, which was published in the Journal.

At Johns Hopkins University, Kelly had the honor of being an aide to Senator John W. Warner of Virginia. She also was the goal keeper for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She is a record-holding athlete who was honored as an All-American in field hockey. She continues her love of field hockey today as the head coach of the Waynflete School’s field hockey team.


Admitted to Practice
  • State of Maine
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Member, Past and Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, Member
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Member
  • Gignoux Inns of Court, Member
  • University of Maine Alumni Association, Vice President
  • Waynflete School, Field Hockey Coach

Selected Publications

Tax Law:  Unforeseeable Emergency Distributions and Voluntary Self-Correction Clarification for IRC § 409A Document Failures, 18 Me. Lawyers Rev. 22 (Nov. 26, 2010)

Teeth Whitening:  The Unauthorized Practice of Dentistry, New Journal of the Maine Dental Association (2009)

The Maine Legislature's Bill:  An Act to Stop the Alewives Restoration Program in the St. Croix River - Have the Canadians and the Biologists Gone Beserk?, Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (2008); cited in Pl.’s Compl. ¶¶ 52-55, Friends of MerryMeeting Bay, et. al. v. Olsen, et. al., p. 18-20 (D. Me. 2011); Act ultimately disapproved by the Environmental Protection Agency, which required renewed passage of alewives to portions of the St. Croix River (July 9, 2012).

Awards, Merits & Honors

Identified among the New England Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2018

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  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
  • Seton Hall University, Whitehead School of Diplomacy, M.A., summa cum laude, 2005
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1999