David A. Hoffman

Emeritus Fellows / Lifetime Achievement
Practicing In: Massachusetts
Member Since: 2014


Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
99 Summer Street
Suite 1600
Boston, MA 2110


David Hoffman is the recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

David A. Hoffman is an mediator, arbitrator, attorney, and founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.
David teaches the Mediation course at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson Jr. Lecturer on Law. He also teaches HLS courses entitled “Legal Profession: Collaborative Law” and “Diversity and Dispute Resolution”.
As mediator and arbitrator, he has handled well over 1,000 cases involving family, business, employment, and other disputes. David’s cases range from divorces to complex litigation matters involving Fortune 500 companies.
David is past chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and currently co-chairs the Section’s Collaborative Law Committee. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators. He is also past chair of the Boston Bar Association’s ADR Committee and past president of the New England chapter of the Association of Conflict Resolution.
David has published three books – “Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution” (Jossey Bass 2003, with co-editor Daniel Bowling); “Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution” (Butterworth Legal Publishers 1994, with co-author David Matz); and “Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals” (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 2013). He has also published more than 75 articles / book chapters on law and dispute resolution.
David is listed in the book “The Best Lawyers in America” in five cate;ries (Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Law – Civil, Collaborative Law – Family, and Family Law Mediation). He has been named a Massachusetts ‘Super Lawyer’ each year since the listing began.
David’s firm, Boston Law Collaborative, is the winner of two national awards – the ABA’s Lawyer as Problem Solver Award, and CPR’s Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR.
Prior to founding Boston Law Collaborative, David was a litigation partner at the Boston firm Hill & Barlow, where he practiced for 17 years.
David is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1970, summa cum laude), Cornell University (M.A. 1974, American Studies), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
David lives in a cohousing community in Acton, Massachusetts with his wife, Leslie Warner, who is a career coach. Collectively they have three children.

Education / Training

Princeton University, A.B. 1970, summa cum laude)
Cornell University (M.A. 1974, American Studies)
Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude)

Types of Cases Mediated