Fredric A. Hoffman
Ric’s practice is extensive, focused primarily on the impact of taxes on individuals and businesses, generational wealth planning and family businesses. Ric’s diverse practice has evolved through his drive to assist his clients with all of their tax needs. He has guided clients in purchases and sales of businesses, corporate and other types of entity structuring and documentation, tax and trust aspects of divorce agreements, estate planning, probate and estate administration, trust administration, generational wealth management and pre and post nuptial agreements.
After completing law school at George Washington University, Ric served at the U.S. Tax Court as a law clerk to Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. This was not only one of the best experiences he has been afforded, but it was so impactful that it guided the rest of his career.
Ric found that Miami, Florida was an opportune location to develop professionally as well as personally. Miami was a fast-growing area and Ric found that he was able to utilize his tax law skills to assist hundreds of individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, families and businesses. His diverse skill set has offered him the opportunity to experience many different areas of practice. This includes working with individuals and businesses dealing with ongoing questions and tax planning issues as well as IRS audits. Ric also assists both high net worth and moderately wealthy individuals and families address their tax and estate planning needs. He develops relationships with his clients to gain a deep understanding of their dynamics and problems. His goals are to retain family wealth, reduce tax costs and provide a smooth transition of wealth or a particular business from one generation to the next. This involves being able to master and explain complex tax issues as well as developing individual and entity tax plans including corporate or partnership planning, charitable concerns, pre or post nuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements and more.
Family business is an area where Ric offers assistance by structuring effective operating strategies, drafting employment agreements, operating or stockholder agreements and other necessary documentation. As a family business prospers, he is directly involved with mergers, acquisitions and sales.
Ric and his wife raised a son and daughter in Miami, developing deep roots within the community. He has blended his personal life with his professional experience to give time to numerous organizations which he believes is critical to maintaining a healthy, continually developing community for his family and friends as well as for the greater good.
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Law School: The National Law Center
George Washington University
J.D. Degree; September, 1973
Honors: Order of the Coif; Cum Laude; Dean’s List
College: Lehigh University
B.S. Degree in Accounting: June, 1970
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Alpha Kappa Psi (National Business Honorary Fraternity)
“Nominee Corporations Must be as Passive as Possible to Protect Investors’ Deductions,” 5 Taxation for Lawyers 10, July – August 1976.
Chapter 2; “Form of Ownership” of Real Property Tax Considerations in Florida, The Florida Bar, 1979.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law; Tax and Estate Planning Programs; University of Miami School of Law; Miami, Florida; 1979 to 1983.
Lecturer: New York University Institute on Partnerships and S Corporations, 1988; The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Seminars; Real Property Tax Considerations, 1979 and 1981; Tax Planning for Real Estate, 1983; An Advanced Real Estate Tax Workshop, 1983; 39th Annual University of Miami Tax Conference, 1984. Hampton and Law Forum, Inc. Seminars: Current Developments in Real Estate Taxation, 1981 and 1982. Florida Institute of C.P.A.’s: Institute on Estate Planning, 1981.
May, 1995 to Present
Cohen, Chase, Hoffman & Schimmel, P.A.
9400 S. Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 600
Miami, Florida 33156
April, 1985 to April, 1995
Practicing Attorney and Managing Director Mishan, Sloto, Hoffman & Greenberg, P.A.
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33131
August, 1975 to March, 1985
Private Practice of Law in Miami, Florida
June, 1973 to July, 1975
Attorney Advisor to Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr.
United States Tax Court
400 Second Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20217
Law Student participant in Securities and Exchange Commission’s Student Observer Program. Worked in the Enforcement Division on cases in progress.
Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Vance Hartke. Duties included legal research and writing of legislation, position
papers, speeches, etc.
American Bar Association:
Section on Taxation (Committee on Real Estate Tax Problems; Various Subcommittees).
Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law.
Florida Bar: Board Certified Tax Lawyer
(Member of Tax Section Executive Council; Chairman of several committees from 1985 to 1995)
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Claims
United States District Court
Member of University of Miami Board of Trustees 2009 2011.
Member of University of Miami Citizens’ Board 1992 to 2015 President 2009 – 2010.
Member of University of Miami College of Engineering Visiting Committee 2010-2015.
Board of Directors: Florida District 11 Community Health Purchasing Alliance, 1993-1997.
Vice President of the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, Miami, Florida. Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1989-2004.
Trustee of Dade Heritage Trust, 1983 1987.
Member of Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies of The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 1982-1990.
Legal Elite, Tax Law, Florida Trend Magazine, 2004-2007, 2013-2022.
Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2006-2022.
Top Attorneys in Florida, 2014-2015.
Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell.
2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Taxation Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell.
A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubbell