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James Hoover

James Hoover’s client reviews

     4.5 stars 34 total

Review James Hoover
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Sophia

    Hired Attorney

    A Knowledgeable, Attentive & Measured Approach

    Jim Hoover represented my Husband and I on a family law matter after he was recommended to us. Throughout we were impressed with Jim’s handing of our case; so much so that we would not hesitate to recommend him and Hoover & Krepelka (indeed we already have done so on a few occasions). Of the many great things we could say, in particular we valued Jim’s knowledge, attentiveness, and measured approach. It is clear that Jim is an expert in his field; we had received incorrect and incomplete advice on previous occasions from two other lawyers. Our case involved reviewing agreements prepared by third-party legal mediators - Jim picked through the details meticulously ensuring we had a no loop-hole agreement we could sign in confidence. His attentiveness extended to taking time out on his vacation to review a final draft agreement resulting from a last minute change. He was sympathetic of our emotional state at all times and perfectly understood our viewpoint. Working with Jim felt like we were on a team, pushing forward together for the best possible outcome, knowing he’d “got our back”. Jim - thank you! thank you! for a job brilliantly executed.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Dennis

    Hired Attorney

    Excellent Service

    I’ve used the legal services of Hoover Krepelka, LLP (HK) twice…once for a divorce in the mid-2000s and once, this year, to enforce the stipulation responsibilities of the divorcee. Both times, HK’s service was extremely professional, timely, caring, and fair; I was completely satisfied and pleased with each outcome.

    Jim Hoover represented me in the divorce; Jim and Lydia Hsu were my representatives in the stipulation enforcement. Both are exceptional attorneys—compassionate, careful listeners; experts in family law; respectful of clients (both plaintiffs and defendants); respected by their peers and the judicial community (…I observed such while attending a court hearing with Jim…); and very persistent (…Lydia ensured, by phone, email, and written communication, that the unrepresented defendant satisfied her promises and responsibilities as quickly as possible…). They are complemented by a highly competent team of office members who kept me apprised of meetings and finances and who answered all my logistical questions.

    If I need family law-related services in the future, I will seek HK’s guidance without question.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Mike

    Only Divorce Attorney I would ever use

    My Divorce was the most difficult process that I ever went through in my entire life. Jim was excellent in representing my interests and keeping me calm and focused through the entire ordeal. He understands the law and knows how to apply it. I think most importantly, he knows "the system" and how things really get done.
    I hope I never need his services again but if I do there would be no hesitation to use him again - without question!

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by landra

    Best lawyer I met

    Jim hoover

    If there is a better rating than 5 stars , I would rate Jim 6 stars.

    Absolutely dependable

    Gave me his mobile no for weekend emergency call .It was so important to me when I was harassed and intimidated .
    I called him one Saturday morning on an emergency situation, he picked the call and gave me guidance.

    High Integrity and fair - very honest and very reasonable in his billings. He has deliberately not to bill his time in a few occasions.


    Good judgement of people and character .- effective in adapting his strategy to deal with ex- husband.

    Have credibility and respect from Judges - much more than the opposing legal councils . This is so important to convince the judge.

    Eloquent and convincing in court

    Willing to study and plan before each meeting in his office , and in court
    Gives a very secure feeling on outcome .

    The thoughts that he fully understand all the issues and my goals and the other party ( husband) and have an appropriate strategy to deal with it is so VALUABLE to me and gives me confidence and security .

    He is well prepared for every meeting and effective . He would always start by going through the divorce status and goal in detail to refresh our memory . So impressive .

    He has Empathy on my anxiety and Always deals with my concern and request and Always figure out a solution .He has courage for his convictions.

    He frequently strategized to end the divorce case sooner to avoid dragging it out.

    Rebecca - Jim's team consists of Him and Rebecca. She is very empathetic and responsive . Very dependable.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Steve

    Ex-cop, not fond of attorneys to begin with, Hoover-Krepelka is different

    Jim helped my relative with a messy divorce when another attorney had messed it up. I have met his partner too, who is equally impressive. I have referred him to others as well. I'm a retired Detective Sergeant with a local Police agency, so I'm not particularly fond of your typical attorney. Hoover-Krepelka is different. They are down to earth guys that truly want to do the right thing for their clients.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Robert

    Highly Reputable

    This lawyer and this firm have a great reputation in the community. They were referred to me since I often hear of people requiring a family lawyer or divorce lawyer. They have been highly responsive. I would recommend James Hoover to people who require a family lawyer. My understanding is that this firm has been active for a long time, and has multiple generations involved in this law practice.

  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Family client

    Great first impression, but that's it.

    I came to Jim Hoover a long time ago, asking for help with my divorce. I discussed how there was Domestic Violence in my case. How I was afraid of my ex. They were fairly helpful, when dealing with a "default" case. (Although the paperwork that they were helpful with was incorrect as I later found out). When we got a letter from the respondent and his council; Hoover and his team said there is nothing we can do. I was shocked, every meeting it was very impressive how Jim knew my case, but he spent a large part of the time retelling me my case to show me he was listening and knew it, and seemed like a knowledgeable attorney, I spent more than 5K in his office for him to tell me he can not fight this. (I went with someone else)

    Later on (a year later), I go to the point of a Temporary Restraining Order hearing, however, respondent's case was that I "Just" made this up. I came to Jim and his team, and asked for a declaration stating that I discussed domestic violence with them when I met with them. They said, I'd be waiving attorney client privilege, (Which I was ok with to get this restraining order to stay in place) Then they asked my attorney to provide case law, and a declaration - my attorney spent a lot of time on it, and when I sent the declarations and case law to them 1 week before (After getting the run around for 2 weeks before then) they ignored me, and wouldn't sign it. The Restraining order was not granted because I didn't have any evidence that I did have concerns for a while now.

    All they had to do was sign a few sentences which they could adjust if they needed, but they couldn't find 5 minutes to look at it in the 1 week they had it.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Dominique

    A divorce is never pleasant... but Jim almost made it be.

    After committing to the idea of divorce and letting my wife know, things happened pretty fast. She got a restraining order on me in order to start with an advantage and I found myself desperately in need of legal counsel, since settling things in a peaceful manner had not worked for us.

    I contacted several law firms in the south bay area and didn't get the immediate response I needed. My wife in the meantime had hired a very aggressive lawyer who was trying to get me to sign anything as quick as possible, threatening with court and a long case if I didn't do it.

    Luckily for me a friend of mine works patents in a large firm and directed me to Jim, who addressed my concerns immediately and was able to work with me starting the next morning.

    Long story short: my ex-wife dropped her lawyer since she saw that if we went down that route we'd spend all our money in lawyers and with Jim's help we drafted an agreement within a week that we both were happy with, signed and notarized it and got it filed shortly after.

    I have been telling about my fortune in the misfortune to many friends and nobody had ever heard of such fast, clean and efficient work.

    One thing that was very important for my case is for my lawyer to not be hostile to my ex-wife since we wanted to part on good terms, and Jim did this to the perfection. When I walked into his office I told him it was nothing personal but I wasn't very fond of lawyers, but I must say I've slightly changed my opinion after this experience. The reassuring and confident manner, and the respect with which Jim treated my wife was key to the success of this divorce IMO.

    I couldn't tell Jim I'd like to use him again anytime soon, since I hope I won't divorce ever again, but if that unfortunate situation came to happen I'd definitively get Jim for myself again.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Certified Family Law Attorney - Jim Hoover

    I interviewed and worked with several other law firms before hiring HBHK and comparitively, they are the best. Jim Hoover is incredibly articulate and a brilliant attorney who came highly recommended to me by a former client he had also represented.

    Jim anticipated and explained possible outcomes and kept me involved and informed throughout my case. The reliability and responsiveness factors were way beyond my expectations. This helped diffuse anxieties involved with the process because I knew my case was under control.

    Jim's demeanor, preparedness and effectiveness in the courtroom lended further credibility to my case and I attribute that to an achieved objective in regards to the outcome of my matter.

    The excellent customer service and professionalism consistently demonstrated by the entire staff was most appreciated as well.

    Jim is one of the few Certified Family Law attorneys in Santa Clara County and I, along with many others (including his peers) recommend him with great confidence and enthusiasm.

  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Don

    Excellent Divorce Attorney

    I used James for my divorce and he did a great job. He explained my options in great detail and keep me informed at all times. He worked hard to reduce my expenses during the process without leaving anything to chance. I would strongly recommend James.