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Meet Your Board: David Hopmann


BASF recently asked board member Dave Hopmann of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman some questions about his work with BASF, and more.


BASF: What committees and projects did you work on while on the Board of Directors?

Dave Hopmann (DH): Committee work includes LGBT Subcommittee of the Committee on Equality (co-chair for several years); Finance Committee; Board Development and Strategic Planning Committee

Projects included assisting the executive director in formulating BASF’s position on State Bar’s lawyer referral project.

BASF: What do you like to do in your spare time?

DH: Stay supple with exercise. Travel to places where I am likely to learn something new and have my assumptions challenged. Enjoy good food and wine at our weekend house in Mendocino County.
BASF: What was the last book you read?

DH: All the Shah’s Men, a historical account of the CIA-led coup that overthrew Mossadegh and installed the Shah of Iran in 1953.

BASF: How do you manage work/life balance?

DH: Do a wide variety of work, both for pay and not-for pay. Work some every day, play some every day, never miss a meal or a party. Take all vacations, but accept the blessings of work as one of life’s anchors.

BASF: How does networking factor into building your business?

DH: By networking with people I met in basic training in the Army, I was able to land several excellent Army assignments that probably saved my life. It was an early and valuable lesson in the benefits of networking. I’ve never looked back, and never apologized for networking.

BASF: How has The Bar Association of San Francisco helped you in your practice?

DH: It has exposed me to a refreshingly wide variety of working styles and points of view. We all continue to learn by observing other professionals who are good at what they do.


BASF thanks Dave Hopmann for his service on the Board of Directors.

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