Kenneth G. Hofman is Of Counsel at the firm and has been practicing law since 1986. His practice is focused on corporate counseling, with a particular emphasis on health law issues.
Mr. Hofman serves as counsel to numerous privately held companies, primarily located throughout West Michigan, on an array of legal matters ranging from organizational structure to transition planning to joint venture participation. While most of his clients are part of what is typically referred to as the “middle market,” he regularly represents entrepreneurs and start-ups. His clients come from a variety of different industries, including health care, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and technology.
Mr. Hofman chaired the firm’s Health Care Providers practice group. He has developed significant knowledge and experience in the burgeoning area of health care law, a wide body of federal and state law and regulations extending to all aspects of medical- related services. He primarily represents physician groups and other medical service providers in matters pertaining to medical practice formation, regulatory compliance, contractual arrangements and mergers and acquisitions. The clients that he represents range from some of the largest medical practices in West Michigan to solo practitioners. His experience includes several practice mergers, including the merger of large single-specialty providers.
Mr. Hofman is a member of the firm’s Health Care Reform Team. Because of the complexity and ambiguity of the two acts that make-up the health care reform legislation, he is committed to informing clients of new regulations as they are released in order to ensure compliance.
Besides having served as the technology liaison with the firm’s technology team, Mr. Hofman represents various vendors of technology services, including full-service consulting firms, integrators, software development companies and an Internet service provider. The focal points of these services are licensing, other contractual arrangements, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. One of these clients is the largest Internet service provider headquartered in West Michigan that has continued to grow through offering various hosted business solutions and through several acquisitions of smaller Internet service providers.
Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Joint Ventures
Mr. Hofman has represented a variety of businesses in the merger, acquisition or sale of companies, divisions or other holdings. For example, Mr. Hofman worked with a large automotive supplier in the sale of all outstanding stock to a consortium that included investment banking groups from both coasts of the United States. Mr. Hofman has also helped to structure and finalize joint ventures in various industries and market segments.
Ecclesiastical and Other Nonprofit
Mr. Hofman is the legal contact person for a religious denomination that is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Several other religious organizations and dozens of individual churches have used Mr. Hofman’s services in this unique area of the law. This work has included structuring a joint operating agreement with Canadian co-counsel to accommodate the needs of a bi-national religious denomination and assisting in the formation of many different individual church organizations. In addition, Mr. Hofman provides corporate and contracting services for various other tax-exempt entities.
Professional Affiliations, Activities and Honors
Mr. Hofman has been a part of several professional organizations, including the Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association, National Health Lawyer’s Association and the Medical Group Management Association.
Mr. Hofman is a former chair of the Firm’s Business / Corporate Section. He is also a frequent speaker, primarily to professionals and certain industry groups.
Mr. Hofman is recognized as “Best Lawyer in America®” for Corporate Law, Health Care Law and Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships). He was also named the 2013 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Health Care Law by Best Lawyers.
Mr. Hofman has served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of numerous charitable and religious organizations, most of which direct services to the central city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mr. Hofman obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1986. He received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College in 1983 with honors. He is admitted to practice law in Michigan.