Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
Offit Kurman, P.A. is proud to announce that the Hon. Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, has appointed Ira E. Hoffman, a Principal in Offit Kurman's International, Cybersecurity, and Government Contracts Practice Groups, to the Governor's International Advisory Council. The mission of the Council is to provide strategic direction to the Governor and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) on ways to enhance Maryland’s global profile. Created in 2009, the Council is comprised of 20 business and public executives from bioscience, manufacturing, finance, technology, education, agriculture, transportation, non-profit, and professional services industries. "It is quite an honor to be appointed by Gov. O'Malley to the Governor's International Advisory Council," said Hoffman. "Although I will listen and learn as a newcomer on the Council, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with my new colleagues to develop strategies to promote Maryland's assets around the world, especially in the field of cybersecurity. After all, Maryland is the epicenter of the cyber world; the majority of cyber attacks on U.S. targets originate from abroad; international cooperation with trusted actors, in both the public and private sectors, is absolutely critical to achieving a more secure networked world; and I would hope that we will make the promotion of Maryland's world-renowned cyber expertise a priority," Hoffman added.
ABOUT IRA HOFFMAN
Mr. Hoffman is a Principal in the International, Cybersecurity, and Government Contracts Practice Groups at Offit Kurman, P.A. He has been practicing international and government contracts law for nearly 30 years, and has broadened his practice to include cybersecurity in recent years. His clients range from start-ups in the government contracts and/or cybersecurity space, to mid-size technology services companies, to U.S. subsidiaries of European multinationals. He is a member of the CyberMaryland Advisory Board, the Board of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, and the Board of the Public Contracting Institute (PCI), where he also teaches seminars and conducts webinars on government contracts and international contracting topics. Previously, he served as counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Defense Mission to the United States, and, later, as counsel to the Vice Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has taught International Trade Law and European Law as an adjunct at the George Mason University School of Law; is the Editor of The Annotated Export Administration Regulations Desk Reference (West, 2013); is a frequent public speaker on cybersecurity, international and government contracts matters; and is the author of several articles including, most recently, "International Cooperation in Combating Cyberthreats and U.S. Law," which was published in the January/February 2014 issue of the Maryland Bar Journal. Mr. Hoffman can be reached at ihoffman(at)offitkurman(dot)com.
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