Stacia Hofmann on Candy Crush, WSDOT Traffic and Mentors

Discovery with Stacia Hofmann

Published in 2020 Washington Super Lawyers magazine

By Stacia R. Hofmann on July 16, 2020


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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