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Jeffrey P. Hoffman (he/him)


Jeff is the managing partner of Dale & Lessmann LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Franchise, Licensing & Distribution practice group.


Jeff is a litigator, mediator, arbitrator and advisor to employers, insurers, manufacturers, distributors, licensors and franchisors. He has over 34 years of experience in commercial litigation, including appearances before the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario.

From their inception in Canada, Jeff has been consistently recognized by his peers as a ranked and recommended lawyer in the area of franchise and distribution law in such publications as Lexpert Leading Practitioner (Most Frequently Recommended) 2011 – 2022; Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 – 2022; The Best Lawyers in Canada: 2006 – 2022 and Chambers and Partners 2016 – 2022.

Jeff is a frequent instructor and speaker at The Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association and is a past instructor of the Bar Admission Course (Ontario – Civil Litigation)

Community Involvement

Jeff is an avid cyclist and frequently participates in charitable events and fundraising campaigns for a variety of causes.

Service Areas

Employment Law

Franchising, Licensing & Distribution

Real Estate & Development

Advocacy & Dispute Resolution



  • BA Hons. University of Toronto, 1983
  • LLB University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, 1986
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1988

Professional Membership(s)

  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, Past Chair, Franchise Law Section (Ontario)
  • International Franchise Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association