Robert M. "Bob" Hoffer '80 has been named Distinguished Lawyer of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Hoffer is widely known for his work in employment law as a partner at Dressman Benzinger LaVelle (DBL Law). His employment law practice covers all issues impacting employers of all sizes on a daily basis. He has also represented hospitals and physicians for over thirty years on employment and medical negligence issues and has successfully litigated numerous employment cases in federal and state courts. He is the current president of the Kentucky Defense Counsel, chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber's Labor and Employment committee and a member of the Northern Kentucky Human Resource Association.
Mr. Hoffer is a graduate of the Covington Latin School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Xavier University, Cum Laude, in 1976. He went on to study law at Salmon P. Chase College of law, and graduated with a J.D. in 1980. He has practiced law with DBL since then.
Mr. Hoffer’s philanthropic and community commitments are varied and significant. He is the co-chair of the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home Foundation and co-chair of the Children's Home capital campaign. He is a member of the Carmel Manor Council Ethics Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of Carmel Manor, Notre Dame Academy, Northern Kentucky Bar Association and Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-Ed). He is a former member of the Diocesan Pro-life Commission and a former member of the advisory board for the Sisters of Divine Providence.
Bob was honored in 2010 with the Covington Latin School Bonitatem Award for Outstanding Community Service and in 2009 with the Northern Kentucky Chamber Leader of Distinction award. He was also the elected Vice-President of Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2007. Most recently, he was recognized by Covington Catholic High School as the 2012 Northern Kentuckian of the Year.