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Former Chrysler Executive and State of Michigan Official Frederick W. Hoffman Joins Clark Hill PLC Government and Public Affairs Group

October 5, 2011


– Frederick W. Hoffman, a former Chrysler executive and state official, has joined Clark Hill PLC’s Detroit office, and will be Of Counsel to the firm’s Government and Public Affairs Group. He had served as Chrysler’s director of State Relations, responsible for legislation, regulations and economic development throughout the U.S.

“Fred will be a tremendous asset to our firm, and we are pleased to welcome him,” said John Hern, CEO of Clark Hill PLC. “He is a strong community leader with a proven track record of success in the public and private sector and brings with him a wealth of experience.”

Fred is an experienced attorney, having held various Michigan public positions, including former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s advisor on auto restructuring and economic development, director of the Auto & Steel Division of the state’s Commerce Department under former Governor James Blanchard, and a deputy mayor for Dearborn under former Mayor John O’Reilly, father of the current mayor. From 1967-77, he worked as a columnist and editor for the Dearborn Guide Newspapers and the Times Herald Publications.

In addition to this professional experience, Fred is currently affiliated with a number of organizations, including the University of Michigan – Dearborn, which he serves as director of Strategic University Relationships; the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), which he serves as a senior advisor; and the R.L. Polk Company, which he serves as a development board member. He also serves as the state-appointed member of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority and as Honorary Consul in Michigan for the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the community, Fred is a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, the Rainbow Connection, the Welcoming Michigan Advisory Board, and the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, among others.

Fred earned his B.A., with a major in political science, from the University of Michigan – Dearborn after earning an A.A. from Henry Ford Community College. His law degree was awarded by the Detroit College of Law, now the MSU Law School, in 1985 and he passed the state bar examination shortly thereafter. He also has had advanced studies in business at INSEAD and certification in economic development finance through the National Development Council.

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