King & Spalding has announced that it has appointed litigator William E. Hoffmann Jr. as pro bono partner, a new full-time position at the firm.
Mr. Hoffmann, a partner in the firm's Atlanta tort and environmental litigation practice, had been chair of the firm's Atlanta pro bono committee since 2002. In his new role, Hoffmann will serve as a national coordinator of the firm's pro bono efforts and assist King & Spalding's pro bono chairs in New York, Washington, Houston and Charlotte with their pro bono programs. He will continue to litigate pro bono cases and expand pro bono programs in Atlanta.
Mr. Hoffman, whose career as a litigator spans 30 years, began his professional life as a professor of philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy in addition to his law degree and was on the faculty of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, before attending law school.
After clerking for the late Francis Van Dusen on the United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Mr. Hoffmann returned to his native Georgia and began practicing in Atlanta in 1978. He joined King & Spalding as a partner in 1985 and has practiced there ever since in the areas of healthcare-related litigation and product liability defense.
Early in his legal career, he won pro bono victories for student newspaper editors in Cobb County, Georgia, who had been denied their First Amendment Rights, and a death row inmate who was ultimately sentenced to life after his death sentence was overturned due to erroneous jury instruction. More recently, Hoffmann won settlements in prisoner rights' litigation working in conjunction with the Southern Center for Human Rights and represented clients in other death penalty post-conviction cases as co-counsel with the Georgia Resource Center. He has represented asylum seekers from Afghani-stan and from four African countries and was honored as the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network's Volunteer Partner of the Year. He has also been heavily involved with pro bono work for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.