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JOSEPH HOFFMAN

Joseph Hoffman attended UC Davis from 1987 to 1991, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco from 1991-1994, where he graduated Law School as a member of Golden Gate University School of Law’s Dean’s List.

After passing the bar on his first attempt, he opened the Law Office of Joseph Hoffman in January 1995. After marrying Sheri in 1996, they formed the Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman.

Joseph is a Certified Family Law Specialist, but even after obtaining his specialization, he continues to practice in other areas of law, including Business Law, Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, and Estate Planning. Joseph is also a member of Wealth Counsel.

By maintaining a diverse practice, Hoffman & Hoffman has been able to assist clients in many different facets of their everyday lives. As a client, it is reassuring to know you have an attorney who will always be there to handle any issues that arise.

When Joseph is not working he is usually coaching one of his children’s sporting activities, from soccer to basketball to flag football. He can also be seen spending time on the many bike trails in Sacramento County.

SHERI HOFFMAN

Sheri Hoffman attended UC Davis from 1987 to 1991, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She then attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco from 1991-1994, where she graduated Law School as a member of the Golden Gate University School of Law’s Dean’s List. Sheri passed the bar on her first attempt.

After marrying Joseph in 1996, they formed the Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman. Sheri is a Certified Estate Planning Specialist and a member of Wealth Counsel. Sheri’s practice includes all elements necessary to draft a comprehensive estate plan, regardless of the size of your estate. She is proficient in handling all estate and trust administration after a loved one passes away, whether large or small. Sheri’s practice also includes service in the areas of conservatorships and guardianships.

Outside of the office, Sheri is busy raising her children and volunteering at their school. She raises thousands of dollars each year for school programs to help ensure children in the community get the best education possible. She also enjoys tennis, golf, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

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AMANDA BERGER

Amanda Berger received her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Amanda studied International Law and received her International Legal Studies certificate after studying abroad in Salzburg Austria. Amanda was honored to be taught by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Austria. Prior to joining Hoffman and Hoffman, she obtained her experience and knowledge working with other firms. Amanda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at University of Phoenix.

Spending much of her time focusing on various family law matters, Amanda found her passion by providing people with legal advice while helping them through difficult times, earning loyal, long-term clients in the process. She is adept at handling independent adoptions, stepparent adoptions, conservatorships, and temporary guardianships in addition to aiding clients with dissolutions, domestic partnerships, legal separations, child custody and visitation matters, child support modifications, property division issues, spousal support modifications and temporary domestic violence restraining orders.

Amanda also specializes in Estate Planning.  She assists clients by drafting living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advanced health care directives and other important documents, working diligently to customize her clients’ estate plans to meet their specific needs. Amanda is rewarded knowing she helps people create a lifelong road map that offers them peace of mind.

You can usually find Amanda spending time with her family, at the gym working out, training for Spartan races or outdoors wakeboarding, snowboarding or traveling when she is not at the office. Amanda enjoys going to the river or hiking with her pitbull and friends.

BRANDON ERICKSON

Brandon Erickson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and served until 2003.  The Army deployed Brandon to Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  It was during this deployment that Brandon was wounded in combat.  He eventually retired from the Army as a Sergeant earning the Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart for his actions and wounds in combat.  Brandon is still active in many veteran causes and in 2013 was named the El Dorado County Veteran of the Year.

Brandon graduated from The University of North Dakota with a B.A. in 2005 and then went on to obtain a Masters from Fresno State in 2007.

Brandon received his law degree from the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in 2011.  At Chapman, Brandon served on the Advisory Board for the AMVETS Legal Clinic and helped establish the first Veterans’ legal clinic on the West Coast.

Brandon’s legal experience includes working for the U.S. Space and Missile Command reviewing contracts for the developmental of military satellites; four years as a Deputy District Attorney in El Dorado County; and a stint at a law firm representing school districts throughout California.

Brandon specializes in Special Education Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Aggressive Litigation.  Brandon works directly with clients at every stage of their case. He combines trial skills, negotiation skills and a detailed familiarity with the justice system to develop an effective litigation strategy.

Brandon currently resides in El Dorado County with his wife and two young boys. He is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys everything nature has to offer.  Brandon is avid supporter of Operation Rebound and Field of Dreams; non-profits dedicated to getting wounded veterans back to active lifestyles and outdoors.

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BRANDY DOBBINS

Brandy has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assisting. She has been with Hoffman & Hoffman Law Offices since 2016 but has been in the Family Law field for over 10 years. She has dedicated herself to assisting clients with compassion and understanding through difficult and emotional situations.

Brandy was raised in Sacramento County and is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of one. She enjoys camping, concerts, cooking and most importantly, spending time with her family.

JACLYN AVERY

Jaclyn Avery joined Hoffman and Hoffman in August 2015, as the lead legal assistant in our estate planning, probate, and trust department. Jaclyn comes to us from upstate New York where she managed the estate department of a well-known firm for more than 5 years. She has been working in the legal field for almost 10 years now. Jaclyn takes pride in ensuring clients are cared for well. She has already proven to be an asset to both our firm and our clients. In work, as in life, she’s not satisfied unless she gives 100% and our clients deserve nothing less than that.

When she is not working at the firm, Jaclyn enjoys coaching baseball, the outdoors, crafts, cooking, traveling and most of all spending time with her family and friends. Jaclyn was born and raised in New York State. Jaclyn and her husband reside in Folsom with their 2 young children. Their family is active in both playing and coaching baseball, basketball, football, occasionally participating in 5k charity races, and volunteering in their community.

SIERRA RUSSEK

Sierra began working for Hoffman and Hoffman as a temp in November 2015. In February 2016, she was hired on as a permanent receptionist for our office. Whether she is answering calls or writing demand letters, Sierra enjoys the many facets of legal work she has learned since arriving at our Law Offices.

After growing up in the Bay Area, Sierra relocated to the foothills in 1998. She has been an active member of the community for many years, volunteering her time with the youth and children of El Dorado County through various organizations.

Sierra spends her time away from work caring for her two brilliant daughters and their dog and cat. She is a superhero junkie who writes reviews and edits for various websites, as well as contributes to a number of podcasts with reviews, commentaries, and interviews.

KARISSA ASHLEY

Karissa joined the Law Firm of Hoffman and Hoffman in 2016, as the firms receptionist. She is currently attending Folsom Lake College to obtain an AA degree in Administration of Justice. She plans to transfer to a four year college after earning her AA degree.

When she is not working, Karissa enjoys traveling and she hopes to go to Germany this year. Karissa was born in Colorado but her family moved to Folsom when she was young and that is where she currently resides.

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