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Patrick J Hoover

Education Attorney at Rockville, MD

4.6   10 reviews

also known as HooverLaw, LLC, Chartered in Rockville, Maryland.

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 41 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 39 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1984
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    Far too many students are ignored, shuffled from one placement to another and never given a chance to achieve true educational benefit in school. The law requires that schools provide and that students receive, the services and accommodations necessary in order for them to take real benefit from an effective and meaningful education. I appear before the schools, courts and relevant governmental agencies that by law empower and decide the terms of the student's education.

    40 years, 400 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I defend people who are charged with all forms of criminal misconduct including misdemeanors and felonies. State and federal constitutions guarantee each of us a full and fair defense under the law. I provide that defense through speedy and thorough legal advice and representation resulting in the best possible outcome to the client under the facts of the case.

    40 years, 330 cases

  3. Personal injury
    When you are hurt through someone else's negligence, I provide qualified, experienced and vigorous representation under the law. I will take all reasonable steps to obtain a full and fair recovery for your damages. When you become injured, or sustain significant property damage, our firm will carefully handle your case from the outset all the way to its conclusion whether that be by settlement, arbitration or trial.

    40 years, 50 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    Children and youth are the single most vulnerable population who may be faced with the frightening prospect of arrest and public prosecution. If your son or daughter, or any person for whom you are the responsible adult, becomes implicated in a criminal case, it is imperative you seek legal representation as swiftly as possible.

    40 years, 1,800 cases

  5. Litigation
    Sucessful litigation outcomes in civil disputes are the focused goal and often achieved object at HooverLaw, LLC. Brought about by the careful and considered exposure of all parties throughout the duration of the case.

    40 years, 50 cases

For more than three decades I've concentrated my legal practice on the highly specialized legal services required of my unique group of special clients: Students, Youth, Children, Juveniles, Young Adults, and their parents. I am a fully licensed attorney practicing continually in Maryland and (before giving up my license there, in Washington, DC). Early on in my law practice, I  dedicated my career to providing the finest in legal services, specially tailored to the unique needs of my young clients. Students, Juveniles and Youth, absolutely deserve and definitely benefit from the kind of highly customized legal services, attorney representation, legal advocacy, and counsel I strive to provide each and every client. 

As a private practice lawyer with a specialized focus on serving the legal needs of students, children, and youth. My law office concentrates on education law, and student-school law, juvenile law, and Juvenile court cases. For over 30  years concentrating on all legal matters of young people. I've appeared as counsel in juvenile court appearances in hundreds of cases. I've appeared before virtually every school district office within Maryland, most Maryland Circuit Courts, and Juvenile Courts in various jurisdictions within the greater D.C. Metropolitan region and many others throughout the State. School issues, free speech and assembly, residency and student transfers, all disciplinary matters from suspension through expulsion and the possible appeals thereafter. Juvenile justice and police involvement, representation and the right to counsel. My practice involves a global reach of legal issues impacting youth, students and their parents or guardians. Special education law, juvenile waiver hearings and student rights are of primary focus in my office.



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Hoover Law
600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite 308
Rockville, MD, 20852

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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Alexis | November 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Five Stars! Successfully resolved my child's education issue quickly and easily!
I had an issue with my child's school and I was contacting attorney after attorney to find someone who would help me. Every firm I called said that they weren't able to handle education issues, and were weeks or even months booked out for consultations. Because my issue was time sensitive, I needed a consultation as soon as possible. I finally found my way to Pat Hoover and I just can't say enough good things about Mr. Hoover and the experience I had. I am so very grateful for his expertise, advice, and guidance. He answered his phone after hours, he was able to schedule my consultation within 48 hours, and our consultation session even ran way over the time due to the convoluted nature of my issue (which involved COVID 19 and multiple parties). Even though I'm sure my issue was "small potatoes" compared to most cases, he treated me professionally and I was made to feel that my issue was important to him. He brainstormed ideas on how to move forward with resolving my issue as quickly and easily as possible. He gave me me several options and ultimately, my issue was resolved quickly and easily. Nobody anticipates these types of issues but I would not hesitate to refer Patrick Hoover or use him again in the future. I found his costs to be fair and reasonable. You get what you pay for - expert advice, relationships with all the right folks in the industry, and years of proven success. Thank you, Pat!
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Posted by Jennifer | September 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney-Trustworthy, Knowledgeable and Highly Effective
I strongly recommend attorney Mr. Patrick Hoover to anyone who needs sound legal advice on school issues. I guarantee you will look no further once you have used his uniquely client-focused service as well. Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about Mr. Patrick Hoover was careful and considered advice he provided based on experienced case analysis. He was quite straightforward and always kept me clearly informed of each step in the process with a meticulous evaluation of the options and risks. He is a wonderful attorney, who really goes above and beyond for his client, and did an outstanding job. Thank you, Mr. Hoover!
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Posted by Sabine | May 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in town who gets instant results!
Attorney Hoover took care of an issue for me 3 years ago and I could not believe he was able to resolve it within hours after I had tried resolving same issue on my own for 2 months! What an expert! Thank you!
Posted by Shivali | February 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Goes above and beyond
It was wonderful to have Mr. Hoover help me with my situation. He truly understood where I was coming from and cares about my circumstances. He even encouraged me to keep going. His counsel helped a great deal in putting me in the best position to remedy my situation.
Posted by Abigail | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated. Will go the extra extra mile and fight.
We met Mr Hoover about 6 months ago on behalf of my grandson. This was our first encounter with the juvenille system so we were very nervous. He as genuine in his interest and addressed all our concerns. My grandson felt comfortable with him right away. Through this process, he has proven to be knowledgeable. He explained every step of the process and things happened exactly like he said they would. He was very dedicated and committed and his tanacity in the court room was extraordinary. What I know for sure is that Patick Hoover will FIGHT for you. I will HIGHLY recommend him.
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Posted by Maureen | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Juvenile case well done
I hired Mr. Hoover to represent my son in a juvenile case and was extremely satisfied with his services. Mr. Hoover explained the judicial process and what we should expect. Everything Mr. Hoover said he would accomplish was done and my son does not have a juvenile record. I observed Mr. Hoover's professionalism in court and his gentleness with discussing the case with my son. I definitely recommend Mr. Hoover and would hire him again.
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Posted by Norman | August 31, 2014
Great Lawyer, Patrick Hoover
Patrick was very skillful helping my son through his legal difficulties. His advice, negotiation, and relationships were instrumental to my son. Now my son is entering Medical School thanks to Pat.
Posted by Robert | March 4, 2011
Great Lawyer
I got into some legal trouble and needed to find a good lawyer fast. After meeting with 4 different lawyers I met Mr. Hoover and was immediately impressed. He laid out everything that was going to happen in simple terms and seemed trustworthy. After hiring him he immediately began to work on my case and send me regular updates. Prior to going to court he emailed employees for the state department and got me into a probation before judgment program (PBJ.) As a result of this the judge expunged everything from my record very quickly and easily. I would recommend Mr. Hoover to my friends and family in a heart beat.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2010
Great attorney, completely worth the price
I hired Patrick Hoover to help my son who got in trouble with his school for having marijuana on school property. I went in for a consultation before my son's expulsion meeting and hired Mr. Hoover. He went through the whole process with me before hand and assured me that it should go rather smoothly since my son did not have that much pot on him. He was right. Mr. Hoover knew everyone at the meeting and seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He spoke up for my son and stood up for his right to a free and appropriate public education. He got my son back in school within the next day with a mere slap on the wrist and no suspension. He also went to the intake conference with us at the Department of Juvenile Services and got the intake officer to keep it from going to court. Overall, Mr. Hoover was an excellent attorney. He knew exactly what to say and I felt completely at ease knowing he was defending my son. He got my son back in school and kept him from having to go through the juvenile court system. I couldn't ask for a better attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excessive time Limited Value
We were convinced by our primary attorney to speak with Mr Hoover because he was touted as the expert in education law. Boy was that a mistake. Without approval, He went haywire with the amount of time he spent as if he had an unlimited budget. We never gave him the authority to spend as much time as he did. Nor did we have an engagement letter that formally hired him. When we questioned his invoice and the amount of time he spent, he threatens to sue us if we don't pay. Further if we had received commensurate value we wouldn't have had a problem paying his bill. Beware of using this attorney unless you have a very clear idea "in writing" as to the amounts he will charge you. Dissatisfied client.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • HooverLaw, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Patrick Hoover Law Offices
  • 1986 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Boyland, Thompson, Schwedler & Hoover
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Attorney
  • Boyland, Thompson and Hoover
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Attorney
  • Patrick J. Hoover - Sole Practice
  • 1982 - 1984
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  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Aquinas College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McCorkle v. State of Maryland
  • All felony charges dismissed. No further prosecution.


  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Technology Section
  • Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Elections and Nominating Committee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Education Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Technology Committee
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Fourth Circuit
  • Attorney
  • 1996 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Attorney
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • United States District Court for Maryland
  • Attorney
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Juvenile Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Judicial Selections Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Law Practice Management Section
  • Chair
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation District Court Sub-Committee
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Juvenile Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Voted Best Overall Section Chair, Ed Law, BAMC MD
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • 2007


Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • What's New in Education Law - Emerging Trends in MD Student Discipline
  • 2013
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland CLE
  • Cyber Abuse
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
Endorse Patrick
Education Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Pat. He is very knowledgeable about education law and he cares about his clients."