The University of Illinois Office of University Counsel

University of Illinois System

Craig J. Hoefer

Senior Associate University Counsel

258 Henry Administration Building
506 S. Wright St.
Urbana IL 61801

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Craig Hoefer has been practicing law for over three decades, previously with an in-house legal department of an international corporation and as a member of several prominent law firms in St. Louis, Missouri.  In his current position as a senior attorney with the University, he is principally responsible for overseeing labor and employment matters involving faculty, academic professional, civil service and graduate student employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In carrying out that responsibility, he has handled a multitude of matters that have revolved around issues of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, disability accommodations, pay equity, diversity, discipline, international employment law, academic freedom, free speech, shared governance, tenure, unionization and union disputes, the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, threat assessments and other related issues.  In handling those matters, he has offered legal advice, provided training, drafted and revised policies, negotiated and drafted various contracts or agreements, resolved grievances, conducted disciplinary and tenure revocation proceedings, and represented the University in conjunction with litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations and appeal hearings.  In addition to handling labor, employment, faculty affairs and litigation matters, he also has experience in handling matters involving immigration, student affairs, athletics, procurement, construction, tax, public affairs, ethical issues, privacy, open meetings, risk management and intellectual property. Mr. Hoefer graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science.  He obtained his law degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While in law school, he served on the board of editors for its law review. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (217) 333-0560.