Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Judge Phimister endorses Hoffman for judge

From page B1 | February 19, 2014 | 14 Comments

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister has endorsed local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman for judge. A criminal-court jurist since 2003, Phimister joins other Superior Court judges, prosecutors, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Association, local attorneys and citizens countywide who support Hoffman.

“Without reservation, Joe Hoffman is the best choice for judge,” said Phimister. “Joe will bring relevant experience and integrity to the bench. He is intelligent, fair and respects the law as it is written. Equally important is Joe’s ability to be decisive and consistent.”

Hoffman has handled hundreds of cases in El Dorado County since founding his private law practice in 1995. He has also served as an El Dorado County Superior Court judge pro tem since 2001, and as a private judge sought by attorneys on both sides for fair and expeditious decisions.

Local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman has dedicated his entire career to providing just and equitable outcomes for local individuals, families and small-businesses owners. Married 17 years, Hoffman and wife Sheri have two children and live in El Dorado County. Active in his community, he coaches AAU basketball and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, Class XIV. Hoffman holds a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UC Davis. He passed the California State Bar exam on his first attempt. For more information, please visit


Discussion | 14 comments

  • Diva DogFebruary 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    I have known and worked, alongside Judge Phimister for 20+ years. He is fair and honorable. He is an extremely intelligent man. He is no nonsense, yet has a heart of gold. I trust and value Judge Phimister's opinions and endorsement.

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  • Watchful EyesFebruary 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    I too will follow Judge Phimisters endorsed recommendation. also working with the judge since his time on the bench, I guarantee he has put a lot of thought into his endorsement. Joe Hoffman will make a great member of our judiciary. Hoffman's opponent is best described by the company she keeps. (ie Dillenger, Alarcon, and Hennick) All participating in criminal behavior.

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  • Foaming at the MouthFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Hoffman's last campaign was in the dirtiest judicial race in County history. Until now. Buckle your seatbelts boys and girls.

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  • EldoradoFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:33 am

    A good friend of mine is a former client of Hoffman... I would not recommend him.

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  • shellyFebruary 19, 2014 - 11:40 am

    I need to know where this man stands....we need tougher action on white collar crime than we have been experiencing in this county! The Poor Reds case is a great example of letting people break the law, felonies on top of felonies and still walk free and continue to break the law - we need a judge that will come down on these types of crimes...not just "blue collar" crimes.

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  • Constance LawFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    I'm a bit confused as to whether we are talking about the same Joseph Hoffman who ran and lost last judicial race? Dylan Sullivan has integrity which Joe can't say he has. Let's walk down memory lane together, Does the name Chartraw ring a bell?? There is no way I would want to consider a person with such questionable character on the judicial bench. Gimenez v. Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman et al - Document 18 - these two related actions arise out of an alleged scheme wherein plaintiffs were defrauded out of money by an individual known as Daniel Chartraw (“Chartraw”). Specifically, plaintiffs allege that on April 4, 2011, defendants, Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman and the principal attorney, Joseph A. Hoffman, Esq., provided an executed Attestation Letter to its client, Chartraw, on behalf of Chartraw and Nexus Development, LLC, which asserted that Nexus Development, LLC was the primary shareholder of Azrock Holding, LLC and that Chartraw had authority to contract on behalf of both companies. ... Plaintiffs allege that the purpose of the Attestation Letter was to verify that Chartraw and Nexus Development, LLC were clients of defendants and that they owned at least one ton of dory bars, with a value of at least six million dollars. I believe we know where the gold went. It is paying for him to run a second time for judge. People do your research before you decide to give your vote to Hoffman who has a questionable character and who lacks honesty and integrity.

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  • JimMarch 01, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Those were allegations only. Nothing ever became of them. The attorney's I've talked to that regularly practice against Hoffman attest to his honestly and integrity.

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  • JimmyFebruary 20, 2014 - 7:09 am

    If you are interested in learning more about the judicial candidates, I noticed that there is a candidate forum at the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado Hills tonight at 7 p.m. While the event appears to be hosted by the Tea Party, it is free and open to the public and you don't have to be a member or even philosophically aligned with their organization. It would give those voters who are undecided an opportunity to independently assess each candidate's strengths and weaknesses without having to rely on the hyperbole associated with campaign literature and blogs.

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  • 1036-FrankFebruary 20, 2014 - 8:03 am

    If people have any memory retention about Hoffman's last campaign where the information about Chartraw came out and his involvement with Chartraw then I believe Hoffman will be defeated once again and the same people endorsing him should be embarrassed once again. Why anyone who works in the field of law or law enforcement would endorse someone with a questionable association with a convicted felon and con man is the question all should be asking. It speaks to their own reputations to endorse someone who has even a doubt about their ability to be honest, and in this case, there appears to be more then a doubt and more like a dark cloud of association over them.

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  • Edh MomsFebruary 20, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    The good 'ol boys of El Dorado Co. Superior Court obviously are supporting "their guy" to replace them and keep the system just "as-is"....Hoffman is their choice for "puppet". He wants this so bad, he can't even see that clearly he has no chance in this election again. If you look up "Dirty Campaign" in the will see Hoffman's pic and bio. It won't be long before his posse (J & C) are creating another negative website to try to fool the voters of El Dorado County....good luck - we are all smarter than that!

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  • JimmyFebruary 20, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    @edh Moms: I am not sure what you base your statement on that "The good ol' boys of El Dorado Co. Superior Court are supporting 'their guy' to replace them and keep the system 'as-is' . . . Hoffman is their choice for 'puppet'". If you look at Commissioner Sullivan's website, it appears that all of the judges of her court except Judge Phimister have endorsed her. Judge Proud appears to have endorsed both candidates. I reiterate the points I've made earlier, ignore the campaign rhetoric and hyperbole, go to a candidates' forum or watch the candidate in action in court, and draw your own conclusions.

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  • Dont BehatingFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:36 am

    Thank you Jim-boy for the candidate forum info....It was very informative and I can clearly decide who get's my vote.....Sullivan is the smartest choice for this seat. EDH Moms...thank you for your posting.....I did some research and have found comments about the opposing candidate to be on the money

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Jimmy -I went to this meeting last night. It was very good...all the candidates did a good job of answering the questions. I still need to see more of these meet and greets to decide. I did think the two women were very strong last night. And Dylan is sharp. But, I didnt notice any horns on Mr. Hoffman. I still would like to see more questions being answered, as they make their way up the hill. Several other candidates (for other positions) were there as well. Nice turnout--worth the drive all the way down there. I had never been to that little town- like was different. there is a long time between now and the voting--lots of reading and listeing to these people-before I decide. this year it is about the candidates coming to talk to us. when they get to Pollock...they will find many waiting. We may be small--but 70% of us vote--that does say something :) again all the candidates answered with dignity and humor--questions were more personal opinions about their approach to juding. But they all stuck to their guns and said they dont make the laws--they honor them.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:54 am

    grrrr....typos :(

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