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Robert J. Hoffman

Family Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   9 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 29 years
    New York - NY 34 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Dissolution of marriage through final disposition on contested and uncontested proceedings. Paternity proceedings.

    16 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce representation, preparation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

  3. Estate planning
    Preparation of Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates. Pre-need Guardianship.

  4. Criminal defense
    Previously served as Public Defender in Queens, New York where I represented thousands of indigent criminal defendants. I have also represented federal criminal defendants in the United States District Court for the Middle D I strict of Florida. Successfully represented a Defendant at a bond hearing in Florida State Court by getting bond reduced.

    19 years

  5. DUI and DWI
    DUI and DWI representation. Jury and non-jury trials.


Robert Hoffman, is an attorney with over thirty years experience in family, civil and criminal law. A resident of Sarasota, Florida for twenty-three years, Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of Fordham University and New York Law School. For over nine years, Mr. Hoffman was a trial court law clerk to the judiciary of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Florida which includes Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto Counties. In his position with the Circuit Court, Mr. Hoffman personally researched and wrote thousands of orders for the judiciary on criminal cases from the least serious cases to death penalty cases. Mr. Hoffman was promoted to Child Support Hearing Officer/Magistrate in 2008, where he made rulings on thousands of child support cases and other family court matters. Mr. Hoffman, in addition to being admitted to the Florida Bar, is also admitted to the New York State Bar, and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Mr. Hoffman is also a Florida Notary, Certified Signing Agent and a Florida Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Mr. Hoffman achieved certification in the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mr. Hoffman began his legal career in Queens, New York City and moved to Florida in 1995. Mr. Hoffman practiced in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Citrus county, Florida prior to his moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1998. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Sarasota Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter. Mr. Hoffman’s personal interests outside the law are running 5K’s, travel. Mr Hoffman is a member of the Sertoma Club of Sarasota.


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Robert J. Hoffman, Esquire, PLLC
1330 Main Street
Fl. 2, Suite 12
Sarasota, FL, 34236


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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Semir José MuhammadPachano | May 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Prompt Response
Attorney Hoffman was amazingly fast to respond and set up an in person meeting to listen to the situation and set up a plan that helped find a solution. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice with a fast response and easy to talk to. Thank you!!
Posted by Lazaro Gazo | March 31, 2024
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Great attorney
I reached out to Robert well after the recommended time to contact an attorney for case, but he went ahead and took care of the legal side of things with seemingly no issues. Very greatful to him for making the case easy to handle and getting a final result well below the worst outcome.
Posted by Jim | January 20, 2024
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Great Representation
Robert came highly recommended to me and he did not disappoint. He was always upfront, helpful and professional. He always responded quickly to any questions or problems I had with my case. He is very knowledgeable and honest. Robert was always looking out for my best interest. I would highly recommend Robert for any legal services you might require.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2024
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Robert has been super helpful during my divorce process. He has been very quick to respond and always kept me up to date on the process. I highly recommend him as he has made a difficult situation smooth.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
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Caring Professional
I live out of state, but needed a Florida attorney to help with a messy family problem. I found Attorney Hoffman’s name and information by doing a Google search. He listened to my problem and concerns, and offered sound advice. He was efficient and quick. He knows the law. He has been available to answer questions as my situation changed and became more complicated. He is a fair and patient professional. I recently found that he is licensed in both Florida and New York. He has continued to advise me as more complications with a difficult family member have developed. I appreciate his prompt response and caring manner. I highly recommend hiring Attorney Hoffman!
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Response from Robert Hoffman January 10, 2024
Thank you very much for the kind review. I strive to provide prompt and professional services to all my clients.
Posted by Ruthann OBrien (use last name as well) | December 5, 2020
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He really cares about you!
Attorney Hoffman makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet him. You’re not just a client to him he truly cares. I Originally I went to Attorney Joe Benson attorney of Sarasota. He took my sister’s money and did nothing. He was Awful, He was a no show at our first Appointment, that should have been our first red flag! We were lost we didn’t know what to do. I found Mr. Hoffman online emailed him at 7:30 in the morning by 8:30 I had a response. I continued throughout the day to email him questions he responded quickly to everyone of them. I made an appointment with him and saw him later that day. He made a very complicated situation seemed very easy. Immediately put a plan of action together tells you what he’s going to do and then he does it. My sister is trying to get a divorce from a man in Jamaica it was very complicated. We did not know where her husband lived. She hasn’t seen him in several years. Mr. Hoffman made this divorce affordable and smooth. He completely restored my faith. His knowledge and service is outstanding. He’s not about the money. I can’t believe how many questions he answered for me throughout the day that he had to research and I hadn’t paid him a penny. Mr. Hoffman is amazing. He certainly is a blessing to our family. Ruthann OBrien
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2020
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Very knowledgeable and Patient
It was nice working with Attorney Hoffman, he went above and beyond his means to get all my questions answered and was very attentive while I narrated my issues. I was able to have a dialogue with him. I appreciate all the guidance he gave me. He knows his staff I can tell. Choose him if you need any Family Law Case!
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great smart lawyer
Robert is such a smart, well experienced lawyer. I had an injunction hearing this week. Robert was supportive, knowledgable, and well respected by his peers. His angle on things was well taken and you could hear his wealth of experience as he spoke. Robert made me feel very comfortable through this very stressful time.
Posted by Risa | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Lawyer
I am pleased to recommend Robert Hoffman to anyone who needs assistance in settling a family dispute in a fair and just manner. He was attentive to my concerns; asked the right questions; and offered the most reasonable options. I was very pleased with the settlement that he was able to negotiate.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Child Support Hearing Officer/Magistrate
  • Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • 2008 - 2015


  • New York Law School
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Motion to Dissolve Domestic Violence Injunction
  • Motion granted
  • Domestic violence
  • Dismissal of Petition
  • Greene v. State, 714 So. 2d 554 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998)
  • Affirmed


  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sertoma of Greater Sarasota
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • General Magistrates Committee, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Florida Bar
  • Support Issues Committee
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Excellent, Family
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Dedicated Service Award
  • New York Law School Journal of Human Rights
  • 1988
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  • Florida Bar Journal
  • Article, “Legal Malpractice in the Criminal Context: Is Postconviction Relief Required?”, 74 Florida Bar Journal 66 (2000), cited in Cira v. Dillinger, 903 So. 2d 367 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005).
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Court Professional Callaborative Conference
  • "In the Mean Time"
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
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Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is an excellent trial lawyer who is well- respected in the Sarasota legal community. His commitment to protecting his clients is evident to anyone who sees him in court. I highly recommend Robert."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hoffman has the skills, the knowledge, the talent, and the experience to make him a top-notch lawyer for his clients. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. When you speak to Robert you immediately can hear his passion for his work. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge, background and experience."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally worked with Robert and he is professional and competent in handling difficult family law matters. He is diligent and thorough and takes great pride in getting excellent results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Robert work first hand. He is always prepared and thorough in his preparation. I highly endorse him on any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert has been practicing law for over 25 years, both in New York and Florida. I have personally witnessed Robert dealing with clients and advocating on their behalf. I would recommend Robert to anyone seeking a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Robert on a family law case and he did an excellent job. He was very well prepared, great client communication and got an excellent result for the client. He is very knowledgeable on the law and is extremely driven to do the best for his clients. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone seeking a family law lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who spend time giving back in pro bono forums like this are special and should be commended and endorsed. Kudos."
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Sarasota Family Lawyer Robert J. Hoffman
Robert J. Hoffman
Family Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 34 years
Virtual consultation available