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Stacia Hofmann on Candy Crush, WSDOT Traffic and Mentors

Discovery with Stacia Hofmann

Published in 2020 Washington Super Lawyers magazine

My nickname is … Stacy—strangely, with a “y” and not an “i.”

I can’t go a day without … a round of the puzzle game Candy Crush Saga. It exercises my brain. I’m on level 621. 

If you were in my office, you’d … have trouble finding empty wall space. I like to literally surround myself with meaningful photos and artwork. The more of it, the better!

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … Dennis Rodman sparked my interest in the law. A college internship in Hollywood left me starstruck. 

When I was a newbie lawyer I … tried to soak up as much wisdom as I could from more experienced lawyers. I was lucky to have outstanding mentors.

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … kindness. 

Being a lawyer is a good fit for me because … I like to write. I like to argue. I like to learn. And I like to solve problems. I can’t think of another career that so easily checks all of those boxes.

However, if I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a music critic, so I could spend my days discovering and listening to new music and my nights going to rock shows.

My favorite Twitter feed is … WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic). I appreciate the moderators’ attempts at humor, and it gets me from Point A to Point B.

My hero is … my grandmother. Resilient, independent, protective and empathetic. 

I get angry when … the weather forecast is inaccurate beyond a reasonable margin of error. I’m a planner.

The movie line that inspires my practice is … “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (Dirty Dancing)

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Downton Abbey. When the show was in its prime, I thought it looked boring. I’m learning I was wrong. 

Nothing cheers me up like … a colorful sunset. 

If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do is … seek legal counsel, of course. And I’m pretty sure it’s a matter of “when,” not “if.”

My guilty pleasure is … the same as yours —Juanita’s Tortilla Chips.

In a parallel universe … I’d have moved to Chicago after law school and currently be living in Oak Park in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

All the evidence in the world … could not convince me that there is a prettier place than my hometown of Baker City, Oregon.

I think the legal profession … would benefit from greater support and encouragement for women wanting to start solo practices or lead small firms.

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