David Hoffman is a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin, where he focuses on trial and appellate litigation and representing Boards of Directors in internal and governmental investigations. From 1998 to 2005, David served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief in the United States Attorney’s office in Chicago, where he directed the office’s prosecution and investigation of gang leaders, led the office’s anti-gun violence initiative in conjunction with state and local authorities and community leaders, and prosecuted police corruption cases. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Chicago Inspector General, leading the independent anti-corruption office that conducted investigations and audits covering all aspects of the City of Chicago government.
David graduated from Yale University with a B.A. cum laude in History in 1988, where he was captain of the rugby team, and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995 with High Honors, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review, was a Tony Patino Fellow, and received the University President’s Award for Volunteer Service. After law school, David served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis G. Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist.
David is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught Public Corruption and the Law since 2010. Since, 2011, David has served in official capacities with the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, the federal governmental entity that provides funding to all legal aid clinics around the country. David has served on the LSC Audit Committee since 2011, and served on its Fiscal Oversight Task Force in 2010-11.
David serves on various civic and charitable boards. He lives in Wicker Park with his wife, two children, and several dogs and cats.