I began my career as a relationship expert and matchmaker in 1989, before the birth of online dating, or online much of anything. I’m trained as a lawyer and have a passion for bringing people together.
These two qualities combine to make me a genuine advocate for professional singles who want a dating relationship with substance.
I built a network of desirable singles professionals, made matches, and watched clients go through the process of meeting and dating. Leora Hoffman Associates has been built on deep personal relationships with my clients, and a growing pool of contacts, in the Washington area and beyond.
I conducted workshops and gave lectures to groups of singles to provide feedback to people on ways to maximize their success. I was also fortunate to have been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles as well as on Public Television and National Public Radio.
It was while enjoying this success that I had to come to terms with trouble in my own marriage, which later ended in a separation and divorce. I learned a lot about what some of my best clients already knew — how hard it can be even to start the process of looking for an eligible man.
The advent of online dating promised to shake up, maybe even demolish the matchmaking industry. So I went back to the law, developing a practice in Family Law, practicing as a children’s attorney, then serving as Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division of the District of Columbia. It honed my skills as an advocate, and improved the outcomes for my matchmaking clients.
Online dating sites and the like still attract thousands of logins every year. But many of their “members” have found shopping for love online to be less than satisfying. There is a place in this wired world for a trusted friend and advocate to help.
I learned that for myself in 2012, when friends introduced me to Jim. They saw qualities in us that would make us compatible, which we recognized in each other once we met. Knowing that we were on solid ground from the beginning made it much easier for us to relax and get to know one another. Once the chemistry kicked in, we were on our way! We were engaged in April, 2013 and married on October 12, 2013.