Adriane J. Hofmeyr, Partner


Adriane Hofmeyr is an experienced commercial litigator who gets results for clients who have disputes with government agencies, other businesses, and between business owners. Her particular focus is on challenges to administrative (government) conduct, and representing clients at administrative hearings. 

Ms. Hofmeyr has trial experience in federal and state courts (including as a former Deputy District Attorney in Colorado, where she tried criminal bench trials). She has presented appeals to the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Her recent experience includes:

  • Overturned the federal government's assertion of sovereign immunity in a claim brought by ranch owners under the Federal Tort Claims Act (resulting in published case law at Green v. United States, 630 F.3d 1245 (9th Cir. 2010)).
  • Overturned a town's statute-of-limitations argument in a claim brought by a law enforcement officer for wrongful termination (resulting in published case law at Rash v. Town of Mammoth, 315 P.3d 1234 (Ariz. App. 2013)).
  • Quickly and successfully resolved (including injunctive relief) a consumer loan company's claim against former employees who appropriated customer information and exposed client to liability under state and federal data protection and security statutes.
  • Represented a group of taxpayers against a county, successfully overturning the county's creation of a special taxing district which raised land owners' taxes, including a full fee award against the county.
  • Successfully defended a mining prospector from charges brought under the U.S. Forest Service Regulations.
  • Represented a county against a state agency in a challenge to the agency's decision to permit the transfer of water rights (resulting in published case law at ADWR v. McClennan/Mohave County, 360 P.3d 1023 (2015).

Ms. Hofmeyr is also a Professor of Practice at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where she teaches a class on how to sue the government.

Ms. Hofmeyr is originally from South Africa, where she practiced law before the end of apartheid and after South Africa's miraculous transformation to a fully-fledged constitutional democracy (she was in-house counsel at the Cape Town City Council at the time). This has given her an acute appreciation for the power of the legal system to prevent and overturn government abuses of power.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (LL.M., 1998)
  • Rhodes University, South Africa (LL.B., 1991)
  • Rhodes University, South Africa (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • California
  • South Africa

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • High Court of South Africa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Pennsylvania (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (pro hac vice)

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona, Appellate Practice Section Committee Member
  • Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (Board of Directors - Secretary)
  • Pima County Bar Association, CLE Committee Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Member)
  • State Bar of Arizona: Trial Practice, Administrative, Environmental, and Appellate Practice Sections (Member)
    • Appellate Practice Section (Executive Committee)
  • Commissioner, Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission (2014-2017)
  • Speaker, “Personal Side of Democracy” at various community meetings about my personal experience in South Africa as it transitioned to democracy
  • Morris K. Udall Inn of Court (2011-2016)
  • U of A Mentoring Program, Mentor (2011-2013)
  • Law Day, Presenter (April 30, 2012)
  • Rhodes Alumni in North America, Trustee (2009-2010)
  • Rubaga Friends, Board Member (2008)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2018–present: Administrative/Regulatory Law)