Caroline M. Hoffer


  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Millersville University, B.A., magna cum laude


  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Practice Area

Related Industry


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law (2021)
  • Select Lawyer, Polk-Lepson Research Group; Real Estate, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Development Law
  • Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award (2015)


  • Lancaster Bar Association, member and former president
  • Lancaster Bar Association Foundation, former member and president
  • Lancaster Bar Association Judiciary Committee, former member and chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates; delegate representing Zone 3, 1999-2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, member

Community Involvement

  • Thaddeus Stevens Orphans Home, an affiliate of Thaddeus Stevens College; trustee, former vice president
  • Millersville University - Paul H. Slaugh Entrepreneurship; Program Advisory Board
  • Millersville University - Presidents Commission on the Statues of Women; former community partner
  • Susquehanna Heritage; secretary of the board of directors
  • Manor Township Planning Commission; former member
  • Lancaster City Housing Board of Appeals; former member
  • Hearing Conservation/Deaf Services Center; former board vice president
  • Hospice of Lancaster County; former board president
  • Leadership Lancaster; former board member
  • Millersville University Foundation; former member, president and chair of Audit Committee
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees; former vice president and secretary
  • United Way of Lancaster County; former chair of Personnel Committee, former vice president of administration and board member

Caroline M. Hoffer

Partner(717) 399-1516
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Caroline Hoffer is a partner and former chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Municipal and Environmental group and has significant experience in all aspects of real estate law. Caroline represents commercial, industrial and non-profit clients in the acquisition, development, construction, sale and like kind exchanges of real estate. She also prepares and negotiates industrial, commercial and office building leases and ground leases. She works with clients, and partners with environmental law attorneys in the firm, to develop real estate projects involving environmental issues, including obtaining Act 2 Buyer Seller Agreements with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Caroline advises on the choice of entity for real estate ownership to determine the structure that best suits her clients’ needs, including limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Caroline also assists clients in evaluating financing options tailored to meet the scope and complexity of a particular project, including seller financing, bank financing, bonds, construction loans, mortgages and leasehold financing, and assists clients in applying for economic development grant opportunities through local, regional and state agencies and in complying with the terms of the various grant programs.

In zoning and land use planning matters, Caroline has extensive experience representing national, regional and local clients before planning, zoning and municipal boards in Southeastern Pennsylvania to obtain land development approvals, subdivision approvals, special exceptions, variances and conditional use approvals, and other permits and approvals, and, when necessary, represents clients in the appeal of these decisions though the judicial process. In addition to commercial, industrial and residential owners and developers, Caroline actively represents non-profit entities including hospitals, colleges, retirement communities and churches, in land development projects.

Caroline regularly represents owners, architects, contractors, construction managers and design-build participants in reviewing and negotiating architect agreements and construction contracts and resolving disputes, and provides ongoing counsel to help clients work through potential complexities and disputes that may occur during the construction process.

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