Ira E. Hoffman

Washington D.C. | P 202 454 2849 | F 202 454 2805

Ira E. Hoffman is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Hoffman has been practicing law for over 30 years, focusing primarily on government contracts, international law, commercial litigation and, more recently, cybersecurity issues. His government contracts practice covers conducting bid protests, size protests, and claims, and advising clients on a wide range of issues, including teaming agreements, subcontracting, intellectual property rights, M&A, cost allowability, ethics and compliance, audits and investigations, the False Claims Act, suspension and debarment, security clearances, and small business issues including 8(a), HUBZone, SBIR, SDVO, and WOSB small businesses. His international practice focuses on international contracting and compliance issues, such as export controls (both ITAR and EAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigations, and Section 337 (imports infringing U.S. intellectual property rights). And his cybersecurity practice covers liability for security breaches, M&A due diligence, IG investigations, and strategies for compliance and mitigating cyber risk.

Published Works

  • If Information Sharing Is Such a Good Thing, Why Aren’t More Companies Doing It?, 3 U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine No. 9 at 87 (Fall 2015)
  • The Problem of Attribution in Cyber Attacks: the Sony Example, 3 U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine No. 3 at 54 (Spring 2015)
  • After Target: A Cultural Sea Change in the C-Suite, Financier Worldwide Expert Briefing (Jan. 2015)
  • International Cooperation in Combating Cyberthreats: The U.S.-Israel Example, 2 U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine No. 5 at 30 (Fall 2014)
  • U.S. Law and International Cooperation in Combating Cyberthreats, 31 Computer & Internet L. No. 4 at 15 (Apr. 2014)
  • The (Slowly) Evolving Landscape of Security Clearances in the Cyberworld After Snowden, 2 U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine No. 2, 56 (Spring 2014)
  • The Annotated Export Administration Regulations Desk Reference (editor, West 2010-2013)
  • Recent Trends and Future Challenges for Government Contractors, Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Changes in Government Contracts (Aspatore 2011)
  • New Compliance Issues and Requirements in Government Contracting, Inside the Minds: Government Contracts Compliance (Aspatore 2011)
  • International Compliance: Mitigating Risk in FCPA and Other Cross-Border Transactions (co-author with Jacob Frenkel), 43 Md. Bar J. No. 4 at 33 (July/Aug. 2010)
  • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, (co-author), 42 Int’l Law., 301 (2008)
  • Blowing the Whistle on Terror Funding, Baltimore Sun, 21A (Sept. 2, 2005)
  • University of Miami School of Law 1983, J.D.
  • London School of Economics 1975, M.Sc.
  • University of Michigan 1973, B.A.

Co-Chair, Tech Council of Maryland Cyber Committee

Co-Chair, CyberMontgomery 2015

Governor’s International Advisory Council (appointed by Governor of Maryland)

Member of Board and Instructor, Public Contracting Institute

Member, CyberMaryland Advisory Board

Member, Maryland/Israel Development Center Board of Directors

Fellow, Cyber Security Forum Initiative

Mentor, Merage Institute

Former Adjunct Instructor, George Mason University School of Law (“International Trade Law” and “European Union Law”)

Former Counsel to the Vice Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

Former Counsel, Israeli Ministry of Defense Mission to the United States

Former Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Maryland

American Bar Association, Sections on International Law and Public Contract Law, and Standing Committee on National Security Law