• The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1979)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Susan M. Hoffman


Susan M. Hoffman is currently Public Service Partner at Crowell & Moring, where she promotes, supervises, and participates in the pro bono work performed by the firm's attorneys. The pro bono work of the firm ranges from representation of the homeless, elderly individuals and persons living with AIDS to assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining protection orders to "impact" and appellate litigation. Ms. Hoffman serves as president of the Crowell & Moring Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization.

Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Hoffman was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene. She joined Crowell & Moring in 1988 after practicing in the litigation section of Hogan & Hartson. While at Hogan & Hartson, she handled varied aspects of civil litigation, working on cases at the trial court and appellate levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. An important part of her career at Hogan & Hartson included work on a variety of pro bono matters, including administrative litigation on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups, appellate litigation on behalf of public interest organizations, such as the Children’s Defense Fund, and trial-level litigation to obtain protection orders for domestic violence victims.

Ms. Hoffman has worked on issues affecting children both on the professional and personal levels. She volunteered from 1981 to 1988 with a local shelter for battered women and their children, My Sister’s Place, as a children’s program volunteer, helped to create the shelter’s Children’s Committee and served on the shelter's Board of Directors for several years. Ms. Hoffman has herself represented and supervised representation by other attorneys in her firm in child abuse and neglect cases and in domestic violence, adoption and child custody litigation. Ms. Hoffman serves as a faculty member for the D.C. Bar’s Child Custody and Domestic Violence training courses and has made presentations to social workers in the D.C. Public Health system, groups of non-parent caregivers, church and other community groups about child custody and family violence issues.

Ms. Hoffman has served on several community and  public interest group boards, including Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, the Support Center of Greater Washington, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the United Way Law Firms Division, the Center for Dispute Resolution and the Washington Council of Lawyers. She is active in local bar activities, currently serving as board president of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Her past bar involvement includes service on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, as co-chair of the D.C. Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono, on the Board of Governors' Screening Committee and as a member of the D.C. Bar Nominations Committee and the D.C. Bar Public Services Activities Review Committee. She has been a mediator in alternative dispute resolution programs of the U.S. District Court for D.C. and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

October 5, 2022 Crowell & Moring Receives Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society
September 22, 2022 Children’s Law Center Recognizes Crowell & Moring with 2022 Pro Bono Champion Award
December 3, 2021 Susie Hoffman Receives the Washington Council of Lawyer’s Presidents Award for Being “A Real-Life Hero”
October 27, 2021 The National Law Journal Names Crowell & Moring to Pro Bono Hot List for Second Consecutive Year
June 2, 2021 Philip Inglima and Susan Hoffman Co-Chair Legal Aid Society’s $3-Million Making Justice Real Campaign
May 6, 2020 The National Law Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2020 Pro Bono Hot List
January 30, 2020 Crowell & Moring Public Service Partner Susan M. Hoffman Receives Inaugural Presidents Pages Award from ABA National Council of Bar Presidents
June 14, 2019 Susan M. Hoffman Sworn in as D.C. Bar President
July 5, 2018 Crowell & Moring Wins 2018 Exceptional Service Award from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
May 30, 2018 D.C. Bar Elects Susan Hoffman President-Elect
April 24, 2018 Susan M. Hoffman, Crowell & Moring Public Service Partner, Running for D.C. Bar President-Elect
July 20, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Susan Hoffman Elected President of D.C. Bar Foundation
April 27, 2012 Crowell & Moring’s Susan Hoffman Receives The Legal Aid Society’s Annual Servant Of Justice Award
September 15, 2004 Crowell & Moring Attorneys Score Breakthrough in Residents' Battle to See Property Manager's Financial Records