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Matthew Hoffman Attorney

Matt Hoffman, Attorney for Avard Law Offices.

Matthew Hoffman, Cape Coral Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Social Security Disability
  • Veterans Disability
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Worker’s Compensation


  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude (Top 20% of class) University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Senior Editor: University of St. Thomas Law Journal
  • Master of Business Administration, with honors, International Business, Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor of Arts, The College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth, MN)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Minnesota
  • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Court of Veterans Appeals
  • Veterans Accredited

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

His Story

Education & Credentials

Attorney Matthew J. Hoffman received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN where he was also a Senior Editor of the Law Review. He was one of only four students to receive recognition for performing over 250 hours of pro bono community service. He also obtained a Master’s Degree with distinction in Business Administration concentrating in international business from the Keller Graduate School of Management. As an undergraduate he studied at the University of Minnesota before graduating from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

He is admitted to practice in the state courts of both Florida and Minnesota, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals.

Current Work

Attorney Hoffman has handled hundreds of social security disability hearings throughout Florida and as far away as Colorado, Puerto Rico, New York, and everywhere in between. Further, he has successfully drafted hundreds of successful appeals to both the Social Security Appeals Council and Federal Courts. He has handled dozens of veterans’ disability appeals before the Board of Veterans Appeals and Court of Veterans Appeals. He was also a guest speaker at the NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives) convention in 2012 in Seattle, WA and at the AAJ (American Association of Justice) convention in New Orleans, LA in 2013 on the topic of Immigration Issues Confronted by the Social Security Practitioner.

Matthew has also successfully litigated numerous employment discrimination and personal injury cases including federal and state mediations.

Experience and Previous Work

Before joining Avard Law Offices as an associate attorney he worked at a large Minneapolis law firm where he worked on two of the largest federal white-collar receivership cases in Minnesota history wherein he developed a plan and administered a program to compensate over 70,000 claimants from 100 different countries with total claims exceeding $17 million dollars. He also assisted the team managing the receivership of one of the largest fraud cases in the history of the United States. These claims exceeded $180 million dollars with litigation in nearly every U.S. state and funds recovered from as far away as Panama and Switzerland.

He clerked for the United States Department of Justice: Executive Office for Immigration Review wherein he drafted judicial opinions and orders on issues ranging from Central American and East African asylum cases, cancellation of removal, evidentiary and dispositive motions, sham marriage litigation, labor certifications and various other complex issues.

Furthermore, he has also worked on a variety of cases including criminal defense, foreclosure, bankruptcy and civil litigation. He worked in the in-house legal department for one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world, a Fortune 500 company, wherein he developed a HIPAA HITECH privacy policy, and assisted various legal departments in handling immigration, labor law, and complex international export issues which included various regulations from the US Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, and Anti-Boycott regulations.

Before his legal career he spent nearly a decade in corporate sales managing regions where revenue exceeded $3 million annually. He is married with three young children and enjoys very loud rock music, movies, travel and a variety of sports. He firmly believes the Minnesota Vikings are the greatest football team in the history of the world and will gladly debate that point with anyone willing to challenge it. He has studied in both China and Spain, traveled to 47 states, 7 Canadian provinces and over 60 countries on 6 continents.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida Southwestern University in Fort Myers where he teaches Business, Business and Employment Law, Litigation and Criminal Law.

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