Member Spotlight: Michael W. Hoffman
Michael Hoffman is the founding and managing partner (member) of Hoffman & Associates, and oversees the general operations and personnel of the legal and tax sections of the Firm. Mike works primarily in the areas of estate planning, to minimize the effect of the estate tax, insure orderly transition of generations in family businesses, and maximize asset protections. He also devotes a considerable amount of his efforts to the business law and tax planning needs of the Firm’s clients. Mike is licensed to practice in the States of Georgia and Ohio, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
He is currently a member of the Georgia, American and Ohio Bar Associations, the Tax and Fiduciary Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia, the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and founder and member of the Estate & Financial Planning Section of the Georgia Society of CPA’s.
Previous to founding Hoffman & Associates, Mike was a tax partner at Deloitte & Touche (then Touche Ross & Co.), audit and tax department of Ernst & Young (then Ernst & Ernst), with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin (a tax law firm based in Houston, which opened a satellite office in Atlanta in 1986) and was a partner with the Atlanta law firm of Somers & Altenbach. He received his Business & Accounting Degree from Bowling Green State University, summa cum laude, and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.
Mike is on the board of several corporations. He is the recipient of 1999 Georgia Society of CPA’s President’s Award for Distinguished Committee Chair. In addition to coaching basketball and baseball, his volunteering in the past included being Vice President on the Management Committee and a member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s Board of Directors, Chairman of the Estate & Financial Planning Section of the Georgia Society of CPA’s, during which tenure the Annual Estate Planning Conference was established and the Estate Planning Section of the Georgia Society of CPA’s became the inaugural “section” recognized by the Georgia Society of CPA’s. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Country Club, served on Parish Council at Holy Family Catholic Church, and has served and chaired numerous committees of the Georgia Society of CPA’s. He is an Eagle Scout. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics, especially in the estate planning area, to professional and lay groups. Mike has moderated/lead the Current Events Panel of the Georgia Society of CPS’s Annual Estate Planning Conference for the past 14 years.
“Big Bear” lives in Marietta with his wife, Lynne, and is the father of four children and has six grandchildren.