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John W. Hofstetter

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John HofstetterJohn joined KWW after practicing for several years in downtown Cleveland, Ohio and his hometown of Chardon, Ohio.

John brings a wealth of litigation experience to KWW. He started his legal career at a major regional law firm, where he devoted the vast majority of his time to litigation matters. He gained experience and progressively greater responsibility in representing corporate clients in a range of commercial litigation disputes.

John has a keen understanding of legal project management: he evaluates legal matters through the studied grasp of a client’s business and goals, providing candid assessments of litigation options, potential fees involved, possible outcomes, and ways to improve efficiency. He also knows the value of clear communication of a client’s position and the need for aggressive, firm, and immediate action, when necessary.

In addition to litigating a variety of employment cases, John’s work at KWW includes all aspects of the firm’s labor and employment practice, including workplace investigations, representation of employers before a vast array of federal and state administrative agencies, and advising employers on day-to-day employment decisions.

John excelled at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was selected to participate on the staff of the Cleveland State Law Review, and he ultimately served as Articles Editor of the Law Review.

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

John is a third-generation lawyer. He currently lives with his wife in Bath Township, Ohio. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, and cheering on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.


  • The Ohio State University, B.A., cum laude, 2008
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • Lessons from the Lorax: Jury Selection in Difficult Cases, co-author, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Volume 62.3, 2012
  • Shielding Ohio’s Newborns: Defending a Broad Interpretation of Child within the Meaning of O.R.C. Sec. 3113.3, Cleveland State Law Review, Volume 58.3, 2010

Civic/Charitable Activities and Associations

  • Inaugural Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2017-18
  • Past Board Member, Akron-Summit County Friends of the Main Library, 2017-18
  • Member, Young Professionals of Akron
  • Member, Akron Area Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management