Adonis E Hoffman


Adjunct Faculty - Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT)


Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT)
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Adonis Hoffman is Founder and Chairman of Business in the Public Interest and Adjunct Professor of Communication, Culture &Technology at Georgetown University. Hoffman is considered a leading voice on media and communications law and policy, especially FCC developments, providing commentary and insights to policymakers, the news media, and investors.

With 30 years of Washington based legal, policy and communications experience, Adonis Hoffman helps organizations to engage customers, investors, government, and the media, and build reputations for ethical and responsible leadership through strategic marketing and advocacy. His advisory counsel extends to mergers, pre-IPO strategy, internal investigations, regulatory and Congressional proceedings, crisis and litigation communications, class actions, and added-value initiatives, and his clients include CEOs, boards, investors, policymakers, embassies and international organizations.

Hoffman served from 2013 - 2015 as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), working with FCC Commissioners and senior staff on key communications policy matters, including Net Neutrality; media ownership; broadcast and wireless spectrum; wireless and broadcast auctions; retransmission agreements; privacy enforcement; consumer protection, TCPA, and several mega mergers in the media, broadband and internet sectors, including Comcast - TWC - Charter; ATT-DirecTV, and numerous broadcast and telecom transactions. He served earlier at the FCC from 1998-2000 as Deputy Chief of the Cable Bureau and Policy Advisor to the FCC Chairman, where he worked on the ATT- Media One merger and the AOL - Time Warner merger, and was appointed chair of the Interagency Task Force on Advertising Practices.

From 2000-2010, Hoffman worked as senior vice president and counsel at the American Association of Advertising Agencies (the 4As), responsible for legislative, regulatory and legal matters, and represented the advertising industry before Congress, the FTC, and federal courts. Hoffman helped lead the advertising industry's self-regulatory initiatives, including food marketing, advertising to children, and online consumer privacy initiatives.

Mr. Hoffman served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1990-1993) (1980-1984) in senior legal and policy positions, including committee counsel and subcommittee staff director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was subsequently appointed a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. He previously worked as Managing Director with Capitol Exchange Corporation; associate attorney at Hopkins & Sutter; account executive with Gray & Company Public Communications, and lending officer at Bank of America.

He currently serves as co-chair of the External Advisory Council at Nielsen Media, and member of the First Amendment Advisory Council of The Media Institute. He established and chaired the American Business Leadership Institute; consulted with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and served as a member of the National Advertising Review Board (NARB).

Hoffman is a Contributor to The Hill newspaper, and his articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Broadcasting & Cable, The Washington Times, Multichannel News, National Journal and Foreign Policy. His comments have appeared in Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and USA Today. Hoffman's Wall Street Journal article on the TCPA was cited in the Petitioner's Brief in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez in the U.S. Supreme Court, 2015. Hoffman is the author of Doing Good--the New Rules of Corporate Responsibility, Conscience and Character (2010), and The Almighty's Dollar--What the Bible Says About Money, Wealth, Power & Success (2014).

Hoffman received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice law before the District of Columbia. Court of Appeals; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; the U.S. Court of International Trade and the United States Supreme Court. Adonis and Karla Hoffman have been married for 25 years and have a son (Georgetown 2014) and a daughter (Villanova 2016).


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  • J.D. (1986) Georgetown University Law Center,
  • A.B (1976) Princeton University, Politics