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Michael S Hoffman

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at North Miami Beach, FL

4.7   13 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Michael Hoffman focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, business litigation, and commercial collections. He has experience representing parties in all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings including individual debtors, business debtors, mortgagees, unsecured creditors, commercial landlords, equity security holders, trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors and receivers. On the litigation side, Mr. Hoffman handles a wide range of commercial disputes including contract and shareholder litigation, foreclosures, commercial evictions, and fraudulent transfers. Mr. Hoffman also represents creditors in pursuing a collection of judgments and other delinquent accounts.

Mr. Hoffman is the rare bankruptcy attorney who handles both consumer and commercial cases. He represents individuals struggling with a credit card, mortgage, and IRS debt in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases as well as businesses in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. This range of expertise ensures that Mr. Hoffman is able to advise clients about the best option for their particular situation.

At the end of the day, Mr. Hoffman’s goal in any matter is obtaining the best economic result for his client, whether that means pursuing litigation, filing for bankruptcy or negotiating an out of court settlement with adverse parties.

Education
University of Miami School of Law
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2007
International Moot Court Board, Jessup Competition Chair
Dean’s Merit Scholar
Yeshiva University
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 2004
Attorney Admissions
Florida Bar
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
Reported Decisions
In re Miami Beverly, LLC, 608 B.R. 574 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2019)
Thompson v. Y & M 18, LLC, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154217 (Bankr. S.D. Fla., September 9, 2019)
Coltefinanciera, S.A., et al. v. Hane (In re Hane), 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 4076 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. December 27, 2018)
In re Maison Grande Condo Ass’n, 425 B.R. 684 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2009)
Professional Memberships
Local Rules Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
Student Loan Program Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
Lawyer Advisory Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Brown Bag Committee Chair

Licensed for 15 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A.
909 N Miami Beach Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL, 331623712
Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A.
6750 North Andrews Avenue, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309
Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A.
422 Fleming St.
Key West, FL, 33040
Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A.
82681 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL, 33036
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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by NFeliz | April 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Absolute Best!
What can I say about Michael Hoffman and his firm Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti that hasn’t already been said! Michael Hoffman is the absolute best and I cannot thank him enough for literally giving me a fresh new start. I never thought I would ever be in bankruptcy but I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by debt in a case with complex circumstances. Mr. Hoffman’s vast knowledge and experience, his legal expertise, professional ethics, wise guidance and his extraordinary work; got me through a very difficult stressful process with resounding success. I greatly appreciate Mr. Hoffman’s honest advice, diligent effort, and patience. From the very beginning, Mr Hoffman fully explained the bankruptcy process and from the moment I first met with him and his Team, I was confident I had made the right decision in choosing Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti P.A. for my case. I was referred to Mr. Hoffman who has an excellent staff and his assistants Kristen and Caroline are extremely attentive and professional at all times. Their kind patience and support were also key in helping me navigate the process. I’m fully confident you’ll always be in the best hands with Michael Hoffman and his firm, 100% recommended. The best! N Feliz
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Posted by Robert | August 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Best Bankruptcy Attorney in South Florida
Over a four-year period of unfortunate incidents, we found ourselves being swallowed by our overwhelming finances. We never wanted to have to resort to filing bankruptcy. It wasn’t something we wanted to do, but it was inevitable. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Two different attorneys affiliated with my brother’s firm recommended Michael Hoffman and said he was the best bankruptcy attorney in South Florida. From my first call to Michael I knew he was a consummate professional with an excellent knowledge of the federal bankruptcy laws and the Florida statutes as it relates to them. He was accessible, professional, patient, and advisory. When we met with Michael in person he explained the process and took the time to answer all our questions, and concerns. The plan to file Chapter 13 was realized and the process began. Going forward Michael, and his staff were available to assist us with any question related to the documents they required from us, so they could prepare the petition to the bankruptcy court. Once Michael filed with the court, about a month later we went before the Trustee, accompanied by Michael, and all went as Michael had described. Recently we received notice our Chapter 13 has been accepted by the court. Since receiving that news, we feel like we can breathe again, free from the worry and uncertainty of our financial future. This all happened without a glitch thanks to Michael’s professionalism and expertise, along with his qualified staff. He knows the court system and how this works. He didn’t let us down. I find him trustworthy, competent, and as his referrers stated, the best bankruptcy attorney in South Florida.
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Posted by Maria | March 3, 2019
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The Best Bankruptcy Attorney Ever!
Michael Hoffman’s legal expertise and strategical intelligence gave me my life back. I never thought I would ever have to file bankruptcy – especially at my age, but after a few bad business decisions, there was no other option. Michael Hoffman made this extremely difficult time in my life more palatable. His team was extremely competent and thorough and walked me through the entire process. The amazing part of this is that another attorney tried instilling fear in me about my financial situation and told me that certain things couldn’t be done. A friend of mine connected me with Michael Hoffman and after talking with him, I fired the other attorney. Michael was able to make all the things the other attorney said couldn’t happen come to fruition. Through this situation I learned that you must hire an attorney that specializes in his craft – they are not all created equally. Michael Hoffman is hands down the best.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2018
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Mr. Hoffman helped me through a very trying and confusing time. His knowledge, insight and responsiveness was responsible for making my case as go very smoothly. Mr. Hoffman accomplished for me exactly what I needed him to. I am so grateful To have worked with him. Now, some eight years after said case, another related legal item has cropped up and is causing me distress, confusion and potentially a large sum of money. Mr. Hoffman had immediate recall of the facts and how to they would apply to this new situation. I appreciate that Mr. Hoffman takes the time to think and talk through these matters with me and then guides me until we collectively find our strategy. In this case he immediately had total recall of the situation and assured me that my outcome will be solved satisfactorily. What a relief to have Mr. Hoffman handling this piece for me again. Each time I talk to Mr. Hoffman, he always takes the time to ask about me and my life, understand my goals and my situation, and always goes the extra mile to help me understand and feel comfortable so that we arrive at the right solution for me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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Posted by ilia | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Compassionate Care and Guidance
Our family was part of the 2008 financial bubble. Gas prices went up to $4+ per gallon and our credit cards tripled their monthly minimum payment. I was commuting over 100 miles for work daily and on weekends. Our family made 6 figures net yet could not put food on the table. We decided to go into strategic default and pay off our creditors one at a time, however our home needed a sudden AC repair to avoid black mold infestation. We had no credit so we used the money that would have gone to 3 mortgage payments to buy a new AC. One thing led to another including banks not wanting to help us recover, creditors stopped negotiating with us and my employment dropped to part-time. We were referred to Michael from our Foreclosure attorney and he took care of us through the 5+ year process. I highly recommend his services. Everyone in his office has been fantastic. Thank you Michael for being so compassionate and knowledgeable about the law.
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Posted by Sam | March 23, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Michael represented me in a business dispute with my former partner and did an excellent job. The case settled right before trial on favorable terms. I highly recommend him in business litigation.
Posted by Ali | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Bankruptcy Lawyer!
I highly recommend Michael Hoffman as a bankruptcy attorney. Knowledgeable and great attitude which is comforting for that kind of cases which anyone can experience in their lifetime for a fresh start. He has been really helpful from the beginning of the process till the discharge. He explained me the facts and required paperwork very well and when I emailed him to follow up something, he and/or his team always replied/assisted me promptly. Thanks again!
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Posted by Joel | June 14, 2017
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Free of Debt and Worry
I got myself into serious financial problems. My business was in real trouble, and so were my personal finances. I was getting overwhelmed. Fortunately, a friend suggested I call Michael Hoffman. From the first moments I met Michael, I felt hope. By the time we completed our meeting we had a plan to resolve both of my issues. It is less than a year since we began the process. I am happy to say that I am completely free of all my financial problems and my huge debt. Through the entire process Michael and his team were by my side. They guided me through every phase of my business liquidation, and my personal bankruptcy. Michael Hoffman gave me back life, and a second chance to achieve my dreams. I will always be grateful to him and his team.
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Posted by Liz | April 19, 2017
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Help with a difficult situation.
I hired Michael to help with a complicated situation where my ex filed for bankruptcy prior to executing the QCD for the house awarded to me in the divorce. This placed my house in the bankruptcy estate of my ex. Michael was very helpful in getting this situation resolved favorably and quickly. He was always very responsive and patient in answering my emails and calls with questions and concerns about navigating this difficult situation.
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Posted by Melissa M | January 20, 2017
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You're in the best of hands.
I unfortunately had to file bankruptcy due to a lawsuit my ex-husband involved me in. My soon to be ex-husband's divorce lawyer tried to play games with me but Mr. Hoffman stepped in and protected me not just from a legal 'I get paid to do this' standpoint but also from an 'I care about another persons suffering' humane standpoint. Not only is he one of the most decent and honest lawyers he really knows his stuff. Choosing Mr. Hoffman as my lawyer was probably one of the wisest choices I've made in my life. in addition, Kristen his legal assistant was always available and willing to help or listen whenever I needed. Not once was I ever rushed off the phone or made to feel as if they never had time for me. I always felt like top priority. Going through bankruptcy is a stressful and upsetting time, Michael and Kristin really helped ease the process. I am extremely thankful to the both of them, my Dream Team!
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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Gets Results!
We retained Mr. Hoffman in a difficult litigation matter with some unusual circumstances. We were very pleased with our results and the level of commitment that was put into our case. We would definitely recommend Mr. Hoffman and have recommended him to friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Bankruptcy Attorney
Michael is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. He assisted me with a complicated issue and it worked out very well. He and his office staff were great to deal with. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible lawyer
This lawyer is very unprofessional and wouldn't even reply to my emails, he dealt with my case for about a year and had no knowledge of anything, all he did was ask for money continuously and in the end filed the wrong case, he would be lazy and for every question I asked he would be rude about it. I lost my home because of him and wouldn't want someone to go through what my family and I did, so beware and don't hire him.
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Response from Michael Hoffman March 16, 2018
I am familiar with this client and regret that he is dissatisfied with the results of his case. However, I believe I offered the client honest and accurate advice given his financial circumstances, even if it wasn't what he wanted to hear. I also disagree that either my staff or I are uninformed or lazy, as hopefully demonstrated by my other AVVO reviews.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Pro bono 2 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • In re Miami Beverly, LLC, 608 B.R. 574 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2019)
  • Thompson v. Y & M 18, LLC, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154217 (Bankr. S.D. Fla., September 9, 2019)
  • Coltefinanciera, S.A., et al. v. Hane (In re Hane), 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 4076 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. December 27, 2018)
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Associations

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Local Rules Committee,
  • N/A
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Student Loan Program Committee,
  • N/A
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Lawyer Advisory Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2020 for Business Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • International Moot Court Board, Jessup Competition Chair
  • University of Miami
  • 2007
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It is always a pleasure working on cases with Michael. Very knowledgeable on the bankruptcy law, processes, and court procedures. Extremely courteous, highly intelligent, professional, and caring. Goes the extra mile to get things accomplished. I highly recommend Michael to all my friends, family and colleagues."
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North Miami Beach Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Michael S Hoffman
Michael S Hoffman
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
North Miami Beach, FL
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation