Catherine F. Hoffman is the Managing Partner and heads the Trademark and Litigation Group at the firm. Ms. Hoffman has 20 years of experience representing domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and appeals, in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Hoffman's current practice includes all aspects of trademark (international and domestic) and copyright law as well as portfolio management, including trademark clearance and prosecution, both domestic and abroad, opposition and cancellation proceedings, enforcement, domain name and e-commerce issues. Ms. Hoffman has extensive litigation experience, including proceedings involving trademarks, unfair competition, design patent and utility patent disputes before U.S. Federal Courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has appointed Ms. Hoffman to its Bulletin Committee for the 2010-2012 term. Ms. Hoffman has authored, and assisted with verification of, many INTA Bulletin articles about recent rulings from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal courts.
As part of her public sector experience, Ms. Hoffman clerked for Senior Judge C. Clyde Atkins at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Florida. Judge Atkins additionally sat by designation on the First, Third, Ninth, and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal during Ms. Hoffman's two year term. Ms. Hoffman also clerked for two different judges at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Hoffman may be reached at CHoffman at mayback.com
Juris Doctorate, University of Miami School of Law (1989)
Bachelor of Business Administration, Emory University (1982)
Founder and Managing Partner, Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.
Independent Contract Attorney, Catherine F. Hoffman, P.A.
Associate, Devine Goodman Pallot & Wells
Staff Attorney to Hon. George W. Hersey, Fourth District Court of Appeal (WPB)
Staff Attorney to Hon. John W. Dell, Fourth District Court of Appeal (WPB)
Associate, Davis, Scott Weber and Edwards (formerly Davis, Markel and Edwards)
Law Clerk, Honorable C. Clyde Atkins, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1989-1991)
Software Engineer, Burroughs Corporation
Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
The Florida Bar (1989-Present)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1991-Present)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy
Intellectual Property Committee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar
Intellectual Property Committee, Broward County Bar Association
Broward County Bar Association
Honors / Awards
Co-Chairman, INTA Bulletin Committee -- 2014-2016
Member, INTA Bulletin Committee -- 2010-2012
Florida Super Lawyer -- 2014 and 2015
Florida Legal Elite -- 2007, 2008, and 2013 (Top 2% of Florida’s preeminent lawyers)
Burroughs Corporation Achievement Award
Software Engineering Certificate from Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Best Brief Award, Workers Compensation Competition
Moot Court Board, University of Miami School of Law
District Court Executive Committee, JURIS Federal Law Clerk Training Program (1992-1993)