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Attorney

Herman is a member of the Litigation and Trial Services Practice Team based in the firm's Grand Rapids office. He has extensive experience litigating for and advising manufacturing, collection and health care companies in legal matters in both individual and class action contexts. Herman has also successfully handled appeals spanning a broad range of subject matters in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Before joining Varnum, Herman served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Jonker of the District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

For more information, please contact Herman Hofman at 616/336-6375 or hdhofman@varnumlaw.com

Experience

Experience

Obtained a 3-0 victory for NRA Group in the Seventh Circuit in Bernal v. NRA Group, LLC, 930 F.3d 891 (7th Cir. 2019), affirming a judgment after trial against a class action and creating a circuit split on the issue of whether a collection letter permitting recovery of "any costs" authorizes the assessment of a fixed-percentage collection fee contingent on recovery of the subject debt.

Obtained a unanimous victory for a developer in the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lakeshore Group v. Department of Environmental Quality, Nos 340623, 340647, 2019 WL 1301795 (Mich. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2019), reversing a circuit court's denial of the developer's motion for summary disposition, leading to the dismissal of several environmental petitions against a proposed development and clearing the way for ultimate approval with the MDEQ.

Obtained a 3-0 victory for a municipality in the Sixth Circuit in Rayfield v. City of Grand Rapids, et al., 768 F. App'x 495 (6th Cir. 2019), affirming the prior summary dismissal of constitutional law claims.

Successfully obtained a judgment of non-dischargeability in favor of an insurance company after a bench trial.

Successfully obtained summary dismissal of claims in favor of sports equipment manufacturer in a contract dispute with a seller of sports equipment.

Successfully obtained summary dismissal of claims against former sales executive in a trade secrets and contract dispute with a national chemicals company.

Served as lead associate for an industrial manufacturer in a multimillion dollar "bet the company" trial. The parties eventually settled in a favorable outcome for the client, allowing the company to continue its operations unabated.

Obtained summary dismissal of constitutional claims against county treasurer in tax foreclosure case.

Obtained summary judgment of discrimination claims against an automotive company in an employment law case.

Served as lead associate for industrial manufacturer plaintiff in a successful trade secrets and unfair competition case spanning four states.

Obtained summary dismissal of class action claims against collection agency in FDCPA case.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

National Religious Liberty Writing Competition, first place

Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition, quarterfinalist

Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, quarterfinalist

Eve August Moot Court Scholarship Award

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan: Bench Bar Committee; Young Lawyers Section

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

First Netherlands Reformed Church, Ministerial Management Committee, president

Plymouth Christian School, Legal Advisory Committee

News & Publications

Publications

Practice Areas

Clerkships

  • District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert J. Jonker

Education

Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State Law Review
J.D., summa cum laude, 2016

Dordt College
Sioux Center, Iowa
B.A., 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Languages

  • Dutch
  • Spanish
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