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Summary:  Provide strategic and day-to-day legal services to businesses—retail, wholesale, consumer products, food service, hospitality, apparel, manufacturing, health care, real estate and private equity. Services include contract negotiations, licensing, employment, litigation management, dispute resolution, intellectual property, marketing and advertising, leasing, risk management, compliance, corporate policies, governance, training and strategic business counseling.


·        13 years of in-house experience

·        GC for $650M retail and wholesale business

·        AGC for $1.8B retail, wholesale and internet-based business

·        AGC for $350M food service and hospitality business that doubled revenue during 4 year tenure

·        Managed legal aspects of two Chapter 11 filings, as debtors’ GC and AGC

·        Promoted to greater levels of legal and business responsibility

·        Applied 80/20 rule to drive quality, efficiency and cost savings

·        Resourceful and trusted business partner, communicator and strategic planner

·        Experienced interest-based negotiator—contracts, alternative dispute resolution and settlements




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Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 40%
  2. Licensing: 35%
  3. Employment: 15%
  4. Advertising: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Lenox & Pittsfield
The Berkshires, MA


NYCurrently registered 201003/07/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199305/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Berkshire Leadership ProgramBerkshire Chamber of Commerce2002
Tomorrow's Leaders TodayPublic Allies1993
Articles EditorNorthwestern Law Review1993
MemberNorthwestern Law Review1992
FellowNeil Staebler Foundation in Political Education1989
Fellowship in Public AffairsCoro Foundation1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHochfelder & Associates, PC2010 - Present
Vice President & General CounselKB Toys, Inc.2002 - 2010
Associate General CounselLevy Restaurants (a division of Compass Group)1997 - 2002
AssociateWildman Harrold Allen & Dixon1993 - 1997
Summer AssociateWildman Harrold Allen & Dixon1992 - 1993
Summer AssociateWinston & Strawn, LLP1991 - 1992
Summer AssociateCenter for National Policy1989 - 1989
FellowCoro Foundation1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
New England Corporate Counsel AssociationMember2010 - Present
Tanglewood Business PartnersBoard Member2005 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Association of Corporate CounselMember2002 - Present
Berkshire Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1992 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Charter Township of Oshtemo; City & County of Kalamazoo; and The Upjohn Company v AMERICAN CYANAMID COMPANY, et al., Defendants.Settled
In re: KB Toys Inc., et al., Case Number 08-13269, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of DelawareDismissed
Jesus Lopez, et al. v. KB Toys Retail, Inc.Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Law JournalToy Story Has a Happy Ending2006
Corporate Counsel MagazineBeing GC of KB Toys is More Than Fun and Games2006
Legal TimesOn the Record with Scott Hochfelder2005
Comment for Northwestern University Law Review (not published)Health Claims on Food Labels: Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 19901992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Michigan Law SchoolPublic PolicyM.P.P.1990
Brown UniversityHistoryA.B.1986
Universidad de SalamancaN/AN/A1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New England Legal FoundationClass Actions and Reactions: Trends and Directions in Class Action Litigation2008
Association of Corporate Counsel Annual MeetingGeneral Counsel as Business Executive2006
Levy UniversityProgressive Coaching and Discipline2001