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About me

I have dedicated my career to providing the highest quality defense to individuals and corporations against all manner of complex criminal allegations. My mission is to defend and protect my clients, to be their ally and champion, and to fight on their behalf through creative and zealous advocacy.


I’ve been practicing criminal defense for more than 30 years and am honored to hold the highest professional ratings: I am a member of the International Society of Barristers, hold the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (top rating in skill and ethics) and have been selected to Top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America® for more than a decade.


Professional achievements aside, what I am truly proud of is my ability to listen carefully to the client and articulate information they would otherwise be unable to present on their own behalf. It means mastering the rules of evidence and being able to argue for my clients’ best interests in ways that are new, innovative, and successful. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    3 years

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Yunus M. Paisner

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hoffman is very thorough, organized and takes her job very seriously. At the same time she is very empathetic towards her clients.


    Yunus Paisner Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark C Cogan

    I have long been an admirer of Janet Hoffman. In a couple of legal matters, I have had the pleasure to work with her in the representation of a client. As a result of our collaboration, I was able to see up close the keen intellect and passion for representation of her clients that has made Ms. Hoffman a leader in our profession. I shall look forward to having the opportunity to work with her again.


    Mark Cogan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1000 SW Broadway Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97205


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 LawyersOregon Super Lawyers2013
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2013
Best Law Firms: Tier 1 Criminal DefenseU.S. News & World Report2013
Top 25 Women LawyersOregon Super Lawyers2011
Criminal Firm of the Year, USAFinance Monthly2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJanet Hoffman & Associates2010 - Present
PartnerHoffman Angeli LLP2007 - 2010
PrincipalLaw Offices of Janet Hoffman1997 - 2007
PartnerHoffman & Matasar1981 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Society of BarristersN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Oregon State BarN/AN/A
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
U.S. District Court Historical SocietyN/AN/A
Multnomah Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of RedlandsN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Law InstituteRepresenting Family and Closely Held Businesses2011
NW Environmental ConferenceEnforcement Happens: What Do You Do When the Inspector Knocks at the Door?2011
Annual ConventionSmoke on the Water – Visual Advocacy: The Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial2011
Oregon Association of Defense CounselMastering & Controlling Demonstrative Evidence to Captivate Your Judge and Jury in the Age of Stimuli2010