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Robert P. Hoffman Partner, Environmental and Energy Practice
San Francisco T 1(916) 552-2881 F 1(415) 856-7176
Robert Hoffman is a partner in the Real Estate Environmental practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's San Francisco office.

His practice focuses on legislative advocacy and regulatory work on behalf of regional and national clients on energy and environmental issues.

Mr. Hoffman’s environmental practice includes “brownfields” development, real estate transactions, hazardous waste management, property cleanup, air and water quality, California Environmental Quality Act, pesticide registration, Proposition 65, environmental insurance, and California energy law.  He has represented both large and small clients before regulatory agencies at every level of government. 

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Hoffman was Chief of Staff of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  At the California EPA, as Chief of Staff to Agency Secretary Winston H. Hickox, Mr. Hoffman performed a wide range of executive responsibilities, including directing and advising the executive offices of all of the Agency boards and departments, participating in Agency budget planning and legislative activities, and providing policy and administrative direction for the management of the EPA’s Sacramento headquarters.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary at the EPA, Mr. Hoffman was Chief Counsel of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from 1994–1998, where he managed the Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations, which provides legal services to the department and oversees DTSC’s criminal investigation, audit and environmental analysis branches.  In his role as lead counsel, he also served as the principal DTSC point person in relations with the U.S. Attorney, the State Attorney General and California’s District Attorneys.

Mr. Hoffman received his B.A. degree from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1977, and his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1981.