William F. Hoffmeyer

Attorney Hoffmeyer’s Curriculum Vitae

York PA attorney William F. Hoffmeyer

William F. Hoffmeyer

Biographical Data

William F. Hoffmeyer, Esquire is a founding partner in the Law Firm of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLC concentrating his practice on real estate and zoning law, corporate, estate planning, decedent’s estates, and elder law. He also serves as an expert witness in real estate as well as professional malpractice in the legal, real estate and title insurance fields and matters relevant to defects in real estate titles. He was the Solicitor for the York County Tax Claim and Tax Assessment Office from 1979 to 1988.

Mr. Hoffmeyer’s abilities as an attorney are recognized by his colleagues. He is an AV© Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for 14 consecutive years (2004-2017) and by Best Lawyers in America for 10 consecutive years (2008-2017.)

A frequent lecturer, author and adjunct professor, Mr. Hoffmeyer  has spoken for numerous organizations throughout Pennsylvania on topics such as real estate, legal ethics, professional ethics and title insurance. He also wrote five books on real estate related matters.


Franklin & Marshall College
Dickinson School of Law


  • Pennsylvania
    • Admitted to practice before all Courts of Pennsylvania including the Courts of Common Pleas, Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts as well as the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court.


Speaks on topics such as real estate, title insurance and unauthorized practice of law, as well as estate planning and decedents’ estate administration issues for legal and real estate organizations throughout Pennsylvania, including:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (In addition to many other seminars, Mr. Hoffmeyer has served as the moderator and lecturer for PBI’s Annual General Practitioner’s Update from WITF Studios to over 30 different locations in Pennsylvania since the inception of that program. The program recently has begun broadcasting from the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s own studios.)
  • The Pennsylvania Land Title Institute
  • The Pennsylvania Bankers Association
  • Penn State Paralegal Program at the York Campus
  • York Bar Association
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Associations of Realtors
  • National Business Institute
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Half Moon Educational Services
  • See curriculum vitae for full list of seminars.


• “The Abstractor’s Bible,” now in its 4th edition, released in 2014.
• “Pennsylvania Real Estate Installment Sales Contract Manual,” 1981
• “The Pennsylvania Real Estate Settlement Procedures Manual,” 1984
• “Contracts of Sale for Real Estate,” 1986
• “How to Plot a Deed,” 1986

Member (past or present)

  • York County Bar Association
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (former Chairman)
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (Chairman)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (current Co-Chairman and former Chairman)
    • Real Property Section (former Chairman)
      • Mechanics’ Lien Law Committee
      • Marketable Title Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Land Title Association
  • South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Land Title Association (first President)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (elected in 1988)

William Hoffmeyer SuperlawyersHonors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating 
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in the East
  • Who’s Who in American Education
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • PA Super Lawyers 16 times (2004 – 2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America 12 times (2008 – 2019)
  • Lawyers of Distinction – chosen 2 times (2018-2019)
  • Central Pennsylvania Business Journal Top Lawyer
  • Sixth recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “Pennsylvania Bar Medal” recognizing his endeavors in the fight against the unauthorized practice of law.

Practice Areas

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William F. Hoffmeyer
Job Title
Founding Partner
Hoffmeyer & Semmelman
30 North George Street ,
York, PA, 17401