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FMG Adds Scott Hofer as Construction Partner and New Attorneys in Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Scott Hofer is a Partner with the firm and practices in the Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. Mr. Hofer concentrates his practice in construction law, errors and omissions with a focus on architects and engineers, and commercial litigation.

Mr. Hofer's construction law practice includes representation of general contractors, sub-contractors, professionals and insureds of many national insurance companies. He regularly handles all types of construction law matters including contract disputes, change order issues, construction defects, surety claims, OSHA, DBE, FCA and government contract litigation. Mr. Hofer's construction practice also includes design law claims representing architects and engineers in claims for professional negligence. In addition, he  also has significant experience counseling clients on issues related to contract formation and administration. He is an active member and advisor to the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Mr. Hofer's commercial practice includes a wide variety of business  disputes involving contracts, directors and officers (D&O), TCPA, FDCPA, payment and collections, unfair business practices, non-competition matters, and other business liability claims. Mr. Hofer practice is multi-state, and he routinely appears in state and federal court in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He has tried all manner of cases to verdict including jury, bench, arbitration and administrative cases. Mr. Hofer attended The University of Iowa for his B.A. and The George Washington University Law School for his J.D.

Sara E. Brochstein is an associate in the Government Law practice group of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP. Ms. Brochstein is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degrees in Public Relations (Journalism) and International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2007.   She then earned her Juris Doctor at Vanderbilt University Law School in 2011.  While in law school, Ms. Brochstein served as an authorities editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Michael Reeder is an Associate in the Firm’s Los Angeles and Newport Beach offices. Mr. Reeder has substantial litigation experience in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation, employment, professional liability and CGL matters.

Mr. Reeder practices throughout Southern California in both state and federal court. He regularly represents private companies, non-profits and public entities, as well as defending insureds for a number of national insurance companies writing coverage for D&O, EPL, E&O,HOA, MPL, Professional Liability and CGL. Mr. Reeder regularly defends claims involving business torts, general liability, workplace harassment, FDCPA, TCPA, HOA, breach of fair duty, non-competition, terminations, and breach of contract. Mr. Reeder also counsels employers and insurers on litigation prevention and legal compliance topics. Mr. Reeder attended Mount Union College for his B.A. and University of Dayton for his J.D.

Lindsay Batcha is an Associate in FMG’s San Francisco office, where she works in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice group. Ms. Batcha’s work with the firm is substantially devoted to advising and representing employers in a wide range of employment matters, including civil litigation of wage and hour, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and breach of contract claims.

Ms. Batcha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico, where she majored in communication and minored in Spanish. While at Chico, she was on the Speech and Debate Team and studied abroad at El Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. Ms. Batcha graduated from Chico cum laude, with honors, and ranked first in her graduating major. She attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she received her J.D. She is licensed to practice law before all courts of the State of California and the United States District Courts for Northern and Eastern California.

Jeff Cluett is Of Counsel in the Firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Cluett has extensive experience in a variety of civil litigation matters. His practice includes Homeowner Association  (HOA) cases, construction law and construction defect disputes, directors and officers suits (D&O), real estate disputes, and error and omission (E&O) claims against professionals such as real estate agents, architects and engineers. 

Mr. Cluett’s practice includes defense of  private companies, HOAs and non-profit entities directly and as insureds of many of the nation’s largest insurance providers of professional liability coverages. He regularly defends matters in federal court, state court and also federal, state and local administrative agencies throughout the State of California. Mr. Cluett grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada for his B.A.  He then attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he received his J.D.

Nicole Clowdsley is an attorney in the Firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. Clowdsley previously worked as a law clerk for Casino M8TRIX, where she focused on labor and employment cases and commercial disputes.  She represents private companies and non-profits in all aspects of workplace disputes, including FLSA individual and collective actions, FEHA claims, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and breach of contract claims. She also counsels employers on preventive strategies to avoid litigation and regularly prepares employment policies such as handbooks and other human resource materials.

Ms. Clowdsley also has a wide variety of experience in representing private companies, professionals and non-profits ‎ in an array of commercial, D&O, E&O, HOA and general civil litigation. She regularly practices throughout California in federal and state court, as well as before federal, state and local administrative agencies. Ms. Clowdsley  attended the University of Oregon for her J.D. and Willamette University for her B.A in Sociology.