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July 10, 2015

DHR International are #1… in litigation

Update July 10, 2015: additional lawsuits involving DHR - thanks to tip offs from readers

An anonymous comment from a reader in the UK noted "DHR International seems to be involved in a *LOT* of court cases." They went on to ask "Is this normal for search firms? Is this normal in the US?"

So, we have done some research and the answer is DHR are #1 out of all the search firms in terms of the litigation they are involved in. At least we have found a metric where DHR can claim to be #1 and be honest about it. We know DHR International claim to be #1 in geographic reach, when they are really #23 at best. We wonder if they will put this true #1 statistic on their web site?

DHR International, David Hoffmann, Geoff Hoffmann and their associates have been sued by clients, consultants, researchers and shareholders. They have sued consultants, clients, lawyers, accounting firms and insurers. 

We have identified at least 24 cases from over the last few years where DHR International have been involved. Other larger search firms have been involved some litigation, but nowhere need as much as DHR International. In undertaking this exercise, we actually found new lawsuits involving DHR International. If you know of others for DHR International or the larger, more reputable search firms, please let us know and we will update this list.

DHR International: 
  1. Adam Charlson v. DHR International, Inc., Carol Hartman, Christine Abrams, Geoffrey Hoffmann, Douglas Black (2 related suits)
  2. DHR International, Inc., Geoffrey Hoffmann, and Douglas Black v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America (2 related suits)
  3. CDI Corporation v. DHR International, Inc.(2 related suits)
  4. Jeff Dandurand v. David H. Hoffmann
  5. Robert E. Reilly, Jr. v. DHR International, Inc. and David H. Hoffmann
  6. Hoffmann v. Deloitte Touche
  7. DHR International, Inc. v. Adam D. Charlson
  8. DHR International, Inc. v. Winston and Strawn
  9. (Principal) v. DHR International
  10. DHR International, Inc. v Debra Pollick and Battalia Winston International, Inc.
  11. DHR International v. Brian McGowan
  12. HDRN Pty Ltd v. DHR International Pty Ltd, David Hoffmann and Margaret Dillon
  13. Fallya Petrakapolou v. DHR International, Inc.
  14. DHR International, Inc. and David H. Hoffmann v. Federal Insurance Company 
  15. Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Metro v. DHR International, Inc
  16. Prime Retail LP v. DHR International, Inc.
  17. DHR International, Inc. v. Harris et al 
  18. DHR International, Inc. v. Accounting Professionals Fin. & Tax Serv., Inc
  19. Angela Torres v. DHR International, Inc.
  20. Harley v. Minerals Technologies Inc. (DHR were a party)
  21. Sandusky v. DHR International, Inc.
  22. Graff v. Qwest Communications Corp (Martin Pocs)
  23. Laidlaw, Inc. v. Student Transp. of America, Inc. (Robert Reilly)
  24. Ellis v. Century 21 Department Stores, No. 2
Heidrick & Struggles
  1. Marshall v. Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
  2. Madden v. Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
  3. Fencl v. Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
  4. Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. v. Deussing
  5. Carrott v. Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Korn Ferry
  1. Robert A. Damon v. Korn Ferry International
Spencer Stuart
  1. Robinson v. Spencer Stuart, Inc.
Egon Zehnder
  1. Kamal v. Egon Zehnder
Russell Reynolds Associates

           None discovered

  1. Discrimination suit
  2. Class action relating to share price


  1. Wow!!! What a list!!!

    Perhaps DHR should acquire a firm of attorneys rather than CT Partners. There would probably be more synergies.

  2. Such an incredible list of lawsuits for a relatively small firm.