Chris Hoffman is the founding and managing partner of the San Diego office. Chris has represented hundreds of employers in matters ranging from class action litigation, to traditional labor matters and general employment advice. While litigation remains a significant portion of his practice, Chris also spends a significant amount of time counseling clients regarding day to day employment issues and assisting them to find practical and proactive solutions to their legal problems
Little v. Auto Stiegler — This landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court clarified and expanded the rules governing the enforcement of arbitration agreements in the employment context. Chris handled this case from its inception, and argued that the state courts have do discretion to impose any procedural requirements upon the enforcement of arbitration agreements because of Federal Arbitration Act preemption. While the California Supreme Court enforced the arbitration agreement at issue, it did not agree with the preemption argument. However, the same reasoning has since served as the foundation to subsequent challenges to the United States Supreme Court.