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Frederick W. Hoffman

Of Counsel


500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 1985
B.A., University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, 1973
Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan, 1971, Associate of Arts
INSEAD University, Fontainebleau, France, 1999, Specialized Business Administration Coursework
National Development Council, 1986, Certification in Economic Development Finance
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court

Frederick W. Hoffman

Of Counsel

Clark Hill is deeply saddened at the passing of our friend and colleague, Fred Hoffman. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service to our firm, clients and community. Our heartfelt condolences go to Fred's family and to his many friends and colleagues. He will be dearly missed. 

Click here to view an article on Fred's impact on the region from the Detroit Free Press which includes visitation and funeral details. 


Frederick W. Hoffman, a former Chrysler executive and state official, serves as Of Counsel to the firm’s Government and Public Affairs Group. Prior to joining Clark Hill, he served as Chrysler’s director of State Relations, responsible for legislation, regulations and economic development throughout the U.S.

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. He also serves as vice chairman of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority, by appointment of the Governor; as Secretary-Treasurer of the Wayne County Building Authority, by appointment of the County Executive, and since 2002, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the State of Michigan.

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, German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, and the Michigan Consular Corps among others.


Selected Previous Affiliations of Note:

  • Michigan Manufacturers Association, past chair Government Affairs Committee
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce, past member of board of directors
  • Davenport University, past member of the Governing Board
  • Automation Alley, past president, founding member and member of the board
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corp., past member of the board of directors
  • Detroit Regional Chamber, past member of various committees, including Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, Nominating and Mackinac Policy Conference
  • Highland Park Development Corp. (HP DEVCO), past member of the board of directors
  • Michigan Economic Development Corp., past gubernatorial appointee to executive committee
  • Michigan Economic Development Foundation, past member of the board of directors
  • Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), past co-founder and chair of State Affairs Committee
  • National Governors Association, past corporate fellow
  • U. S. Conference of Mayors, past member of Mayors Business Council
  • Foundation for Chiropractic Education & Research, past member of the board elected nationwide as a lay member
  • While serving as deputy mayor in Dearborn, held the position of executive director of the Dearborn Economic Development Corp., the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, the Warren Avenue Task Force, the City Beautiful Commission and the Neighborhood Association Leadership Academy, among other responsibilities


Selected Honors and Accomplishments:

  • Admitted to practice law before the U. S. Supreme Court, 11-7-07
  • Honored by the President of Germany with the Bundesverdienstkreuz, 6-09
  • Elected as delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1980 New York City, and 2012 Charlotte, NC
  • Served on the Detroit College of Law Review and Student Government
  • Established public policy scholarship funds at University of Michigan - Dearborn, Henry Ford College, and Michigan State University Law School with partner James R. Stokes
  • Served 25 years as president of Dearborn Facilities & Services for the Retarded, an organization that operates housing for disabled adults
  • Chaired DaimlerChrysler global committee on government affairs ethics guidelines
  • Served as Michigan Governor of Civitan International, a major service organization, 1975-76
  • Ran for public office several times between 1972 and 1984, nominated once for state representative and elected a number of times as party precinct delegate
  • Honored as “Man of the Year” by the Dearborn Inter-Service Club Council, honored by Michigan Jaycees as one of five outstanding young men, and honored with the Leo Lerner Award for the best local newspaper column in the U.S.


Federal Republic of Germany, Honorary Consul for the State of Michigan
Detroit Wayne County Port Authority, Vice Chairman
Wayne County Building Authority, Secretary-Treasurer
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), member of the board of directors
The Rainbow Connection, a wish-granting charity, member of the board of directors
Welcoming Michigan Advisory Board, member of the board
California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy, member of the Corporate Advisory Board and co-founder of Chrysler Academy for Elected Officials
German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, member of the board of directors, and German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Michigan Chapter, member of the board of directors
German-American Hall of Fame, member of the Advisory Board
University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts Science and Letters (CASL), member of Dean’s Advisory Board
Legal Memberships: State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Dearborn Bar Association, Michigan State University Law School Alumni Association
State of Michigan Notary Public