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David A Hoffman

About me

I am very pleased to work with a team of thoughtful, compassionate and skilled professionals in a multi-disciplinary practice at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.  Our affiliates include a psychologist and a financial planner/tax expert.  Our team includes mediators and arbitrators, and we now have a panel of employment mediators, arbtrators, and consultants.  Our lawyers are all trained in Collaborative Law, and most are training in mediation.  The issues that our clients bring to us often have not only legal components but also challenging financial and interpersonal issues.  One of our mottos, borrowed from Abraham Maslow, is "If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."  The wide variety of tools that we use are posted on our firm's web site:


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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 30%
    24 years, 850 cases
  2. Arbitration: 25%
    25 years, 250 cases
  3. Divorce: 20%
    31 years, 350 cases
  4. Family: 15%
    31 years, 350 cases
  5. Employment: 10%
    31 years, 150 cases


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Rackham Karlsson

    David Hoffman's contributions to the fields of mediation and Collaborative Law are recognized not only in Massachusetts, but nationally. We are very fortunate to have the benefit of his leadership and guidance in our practices.


    Rackham Karlsson Marriage and prenuptials Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan E. Fields

    I have worked with David on several matters and have known him as a colleague for many years. He is a terrific advocate, a wonderful colleague, and an asset to any matter in which he is involved. Without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Fields Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

99 Summer Street · Suite 1600
Boston, MA, 02110


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2012
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2012
Super LawyerBoston Magazine2012
John Adams Fiske Award for Excellence in MediationMassachusetts Council on Family Mediation2011
Top 100 LawyersBoston Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law (Mediation Course)Harvard Law School2008 - Present
Founding MemberBoston Law Collaborative, LLC2003 - Present
PartnerHill & Barlow, P.C.1985 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Collaborative Law CommitteeCo-chair2007 - Present
International Academy of MediatorsDistinguished Fellow2006 - Present
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilFounding MemberN/A
Kerem Shalom Congregation, Concord, MassachusettsPresident2007 - 2009
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionChair2004 - 2005
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilBoard Member2000 - 2008
Association for Conflict Resolution (New England chapter)President1998 - 2000
Boston Bar Association, Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeChair1993 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Hancock Insurance v CNASettlement of $250 million
Family Trust DisputeSettlement in which one group of family members received primarily real estate while the other group received most of the financial assets
Family Business DisputeSettlement of $1.25 million and each brother is free to pursue business even if they are in competition
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Publication nameTitleDate
Negotiation JournalMediation and the Art of Shuttle Diplomacy2011
Harvard Negotiation Law ReviewMediation, Multiple Minds, and the Negotiation Within2011
Harvard Negotiation Law ReviewMediation, Multiple Minds, and the Negotiation Within2011
Christian Science MonitorOp-ed: Mediators Can Break Political Impasse in Washington2011
Missouri Journal of Dispute ResolutionColliding Worlds of Dispute Resolution: Toward a Unified Field Theory of ADR2008
Dispute Resolution MagazineExploring the Boundaries and Terrain of ADR Practice: Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law2007
Collaborative Law JournalCommunicating Collaboratively in Cyberspace: What Couples Counselors Can Teach Us about Email2007
Innovations in Family Law PracticeCooperative Negotiation Agreements: Using Contracts to Make a Safe Place for a Difficult Conversation2007
Negotiation JournalThe Future of ADR Practice: Three Hopes, Three Fears, and Three Predictions2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Cornell UniversityAmerican StudiesMA - Masters1974
Princeton UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Members MeetingThe Psychology of Collaborative Negotiations2012
Mediating DisputesThe Use of Mediation in Law Practice2012
Annual ConferenceFighting for the Moral High Ground: How Conflict Resolvers Can Help Parties Manage Issues of Principle and "Do the Right Thing"2012