James Phillip Hoffa
Field of work: Attorney/Labor Leader
James Phillip Hoffa graduated from Detroit’s Cooley High School in 1959. After receiving a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University (1963), he earned a law degree from the University of Michigan (1966). After building a reputation as a labor lawyer with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, he assumed the position as the influential union’s General President in 1999. In this leadership role, he is recognized as one of the most prominent authorities of union issues, government trade policies, and other matters affecting working people. In 2000, he received an honorary doctor of law degree from the Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law.