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Debbie Hoffman ’96 is getting noticed for her work as Chief Legal Officer for Digital Risk, LLC, a company that develops and provides high-tech mortgage solutions for the financial industry.
The National Law Journal recently picked Hoffman as its featured “In-House Counsel.” In the profile, Hoffman described her daily routine, strategies for using outside counsel, and Digital Risk’s robust legal internship program.
"Work very hard, look at the big picture, and network," advised Hoffman, who manages a staff of 10 attorneys while heading the company’s legal, compliance, risk and licensing departments.
In addition to the National Law Journal, Hoffman was quoted by Law360 last year and took part in a “Women in Business Q&A" with the Huffington Post.
“I truly believe that you cannot succeed without hard work and self-motivation to push yourself to the next level,” Hoffman told HuffPo. “I have always been an extremely diligent worker with a high personal bar. Growing up I excelled at academics, but I worked hard and was motivated and challenged by those around me who were smarter, faster or more successful — whether my classmates, professional peers or my immediate family. In my professional career, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by exceedingly bright and motivated leaders and been able to learn from their tremendous talent and intellect.”
She also serves as Head of Legal, North America, for Digital Risk’s parent company, Mphasis, which is under the Hewlett-Packard umbrella.
Hoffman joined Digital Risk as general counsel in 2010 after working as an attorney at Shanley, Sweeney, Reilly & Allen, P.C. in Albany, and Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP in New York City. She has taught at the University of Central Florida and Florida A&M University College of Law.
As a student, Hoffman served as an editor of the Albany Law Review.
“I push myself to overcome fears and force myself to take risks even though I am naturally over-cautious in nature,” Hoffman told the Huffington Post. “Last summer, I went zip-lining in the Tongass National Rainforest in Alaska — and loved it. Thus, being able to push myself through fear, take a risk here or there and conquer skills that do not come easily are all things that have helped me become a better leader.”