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Paul Hoff advises foreign and domestic clients on U.S. laws and policies regulating international trade and foreign investment in the U.S., as well as the application of U.S. antitrust law to foreign companies.  In addition to his many years of law firm experience, Paul served as Associate General Counsel of a Senate Committee, where he worked on international trade issues, in addition to a variety of other regulatory matters.


Export Licensing and Foreign Direct Investment

Advises companies seeking to export U.S. goods, software, and technology that may be controlled by U.S. regulations, such as the Treasury Department’s OFAC restrictions on trade with Iran and Russia, the Commerce Department export restrictions on dual use items (Export Administration Regulations), and State Department regulation of the export of defense items (International Traffic in Arms Regulations).  Consults on the applicability of the law overseeing foreign investment in U.S. businesses, and on filing notice of foreign investments with the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).

International Trade Policy

Advises domestic and foreign clients on U.S. trade policies in agriculture, energy, and other sectors, and on the nature of foreign environmental laws affecting the relative competitiveness of U.S. goods.

U.S. Fisheries Laws

Advises foreign governments and fisheries associations on U.S. fishing laws and related environmental laws, as well as how the Law of the Sea agreement (UNCLOS), international fisheries agreements, and foreign laws regulate fishing and related activities on the high seas.

Antitrust Law

Represents clients in civil and criminal antitrust cases, including the application of U.S. antitrust laws to foreign companies in transportation and related industries.


Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Responsive Politics, 1999-2009 (nonpartisan watchdog group in area of financing of federal elections) 
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, American University School of International Service, 1995 (trade law)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University, 1979-1981 (constitutional law)

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Past Appearances



  • Federal District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1968
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2016


Yale Law School, LL.B., 1967

  • Member, Yale Law Journal

Harvard College, B.A., cum laude, 1964

Honors | Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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