Jeff Hoffman is a partner at Gowlings' Toronto office where he works in the advocacy department. Jeff's practice includes all areas of commercial litigation with an emphasis on franchise and distribution law disputes, real estate disputes, employment disputes and allegations of professional negligence.
Jeff has over 20 years experience in commercial litigation, including appearances before the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In his formative years as a lawyer, Jeff practised criminal, civil and family law, and served as a senior partner in a Toronto-based law firm that specialized in business and commercial litigation matters.
Jeff acted in the first case decided by the Court of Appeal for Ontario under Ontario’s franchise disclosure legislation. His work for franchisors includes defending class actions, enforcing restrictive covenants; defending claims seeking rescission for the alleged failure to comply with provincial franchise disclosure laws; defending claims seeking damages for pre-contractual misrepresentation, breach of contract or breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing; assisting in-house counsel in managing franchisee relations and default situations; enforcing audit rights; litigating lease claims and assisting with the review and revision of disclosure documents and franchise agreements.
In the area of employment law, Jeff acts for employers in wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, cases of employee fraud and non-competition disputes.
Jeff is a regular instructor at The Advocates’ Society of Ontario and has taught the Bar Admission course (civil litigation) at the Law Society of Upper Canada in the past.