Ira E. Hoffman

Ira E. Hoffman is a Shareholder based 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. His government contracts practice consists of a wide range of topics, including bid protests (GAO, Court of Federal Claims and ODRA); size protests; claims and disputes; teaming agreements, JVs and mentor/protégé; subcontracting and supply chain; data rights; M&A; cost issues (allowability, allocability and TINA); ethics and compliance, audits and investigations; False Claims Act; suspension and debarment; security clearances (including FOCI mitigation); and small business issues (size protests; socio-economic categories (8(a), HUBZone, SDVO, and WOSB), SBIR and STTR). His international practice focuses on international contracting and compliance issues, such as export controls (both ITAR and EAR), FCPA, OFAC sanctions, CFIUS, antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigations, and Section 337. 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

Lead Instructor for the annual “Cyber and Homeland Security” Program for Israeli Fellows at the Merage Institute, University of California-Irvine

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


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


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

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