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Dave Hoffman specializes in behavioral law and economics, empirical legal studies, and private dispute resolution, with a particular doctrinal focus on the law of fraud, contract and corporations. He currently teaches law and economics, contracts, corporations, and law and human behavior. Hoffman writes for the popular legal blog, Concurring Opinions, and is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School.

Professor Hoffman has recently co-authored the first comprehensive study of litigation in which plaintiffs seek to "pierce the corporate veil." Other quantitative research on dispute resolution includes a paper on why judges write opinions, an analysis of the meaning of materiality under the securities law, and a study on how Wikipedians resolve their disputes. His work in behavioral law and economics includes papers on why individuals dislike breach of contract, the manner in which corporate managers may "self-handicap," and how consumers react to puffery. Finally, he and other researchers at the Cultural Cognition project have studied how individuals' values affect their perceptions of fact in civil rights cases and their attitudes about wrongdoing more generally.

Hoffman's current research includes projects on the relationship of cultural cognition to individuals' perceptions of torture, the manipulability of the perceived risks of protesting, the relationship between fear of exploitation and expensive precautions in contract negotiation, and empirical work on what motivates settlement in civil disputes.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Hoffman practiced law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. He clerked for Judge Norma L. Shapiro, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. in archaeology and history from Yale College, cum laude.




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