Hannah Hoffman

Hannah Hoffman

Associate

They say there is no such thing as a former journalist and Hannah Hoffman is a prime example. Although she left her journalism career to pursue a law degree, Hannah brings strong communication, reasoning, and investigative skills to bear for her business litigation clients in both appellate and trial courts. Hannah is an excellent writer and oral advocate.

Hannah specializes in complex litigation, including high-stakes business and contract disputes, government and election law, and employment litigation, particularly non-competition disputes.

Recent cases include:

  • Millennium Health v. Barba et al. (U.S. District Court, Oregon): Defended two employees accused of violating their non-competition agreements in the U.S. District Court of Oregon. The case involved a potential $12 million in damages and multiple tort and contract claims against the defendants and their employer. The case was settled two months before trial.  Hannah defended two employees accused of violating their non-competition agreements in the U.S. District Court of Oregon. The case involved a potential $12 million in damages and multiple tort and contract claims against the defendants and their employer. The case was settled two months before trial.
  • Portland General Electric Company re OSBEELS (Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying): Defended PGE employees against claims that they violated State engineering licensing laws when reviewing independent system impact studies submitted by interconnection applicants. Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying agreed with PGE’s arguments and dismissed the complaints.
  • Real Estate Developer v. Lender (King County, Washington): Represented a real estate developer in a dispute over the lender’s administration of construction loan proceeds. Hannah argued and defeated the lender’s motion for summary judgment in King County Superior Court (Wash.)

Prior to joining Markowitz Herbold, Hannah clerked for the Honorable Michael W. Mosman of the U.S. District Court of Oregon. She was also an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice’s Solicitor General’s Office, where she argued ten cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals and drafted and filed 45 appellate briefs, and a Clackamas County deputy district attorney, where she managed a caseload of 200 cases, tried five cases to verdict, and prosecuted multiple civil commitment petitions.

During her journalism career, Hannah reported on politics, government, and education for Willamette Week, McMinnville News-Register, and the Statesman Journal.

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the University of Michigan Law School.



  • Board Member, Outside In
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Coach, Franklin High School Constitution Team
  • Team Captain, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon
  • University of Michigan School of Law  J.D., cum laude
  • University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College  B.A, Journalism, cum laude

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