4.5 stars 42 totalReview James Hoover
Posted by anonymous
I retained Jim since October 2011 for domestic violence, child custody, and child support. My ex, who is also an attorney, constantly sues me in the past several years. I am so glad that I have Jim help me. Jim is very attentive and caring to my case. He is professional, superb, and very responsive to my emails/questions. When my ex first took me to court, Jim was able to get me sole physical custody of my child for 2 years even though my ex hired a 3rd ranked high profile SF attorney to represent him. Jim has won custody and child support for me every single time in the last 5+ years. In the end, Jim has won a big chunk of custody permanently for me. Jim fights for my child's best interest. Jim also tries to keep my legal cost down. I have most of the work done by his associate and his associate does an amazing job. Jim has saved me thousands of dollars on legal fees so that I could use the money on my child's education. I can not thank Jim enough for "saving" my child. Now he's in good care with me and is happy. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone.
Posted by anonymous
James Hoover is a very polite person who seemed very personable and knowledgable during the consultation; however, despite rattling off multiple law numbers, he did not get the job done. He said he would be involved in the case and use his associate as much as possible "to keep down costs"; however, he did not keep up with the correspondence with the associate even though I continued to get charged for the "preparation" for hearings. For example, he did not even know that my soon to be ex husband got a substantial raise going into the support hearing for my children. Mr. Hoover was notified a week prior to the hearing by opposing counsel via email. He sent his associate to hearings and conferences without even telling me he was not going to be present. At one point, he charged me for his and his associates time for 2 hours which amounted to close to $1500 when he could have briefed his associate in less than 15 min. I brought in a marital settlement agreement that had already been drafted by a previous attorney and it took his firm 6 months to get it to the opposing attorney. Then, at the settlement conference, there was no negotiation and I was advised to take what opposing counsel offered in order to get the divorce finalized. There was domestic violence that was discussed in the initial consultation as being a key factor in the case but it was completely down-played and not addressed in multiple hearings. A CPS report was filed against my ex husband and it was never followed up by Mr. Hoover. I was told he was going to get a copy of the report; however, I researched and obtained the copy myself. I wrote an email to Mr. Hoover to address all my concerns and he had no response. Mr. Hoover offered me "a deal" to pay off remainder of bill; however, I refused because I feel he did not represent me. If he did his job, why would I be offered a deal? I ended up filing a substitution of attorney.
Posted by Barbara
This is not an ordinary review for a divorce attorney as they were representing my ex-husband. But I feel that the office of Hoover Krepelka does deserve an outstanding review in regards as to how they treated me in the most devastating time of my life. Divorce is difficult. No one wins. It can be traumatic and financially catastrophic; especially for the non-working spouse. I was a stay at home parent to our two young children. When I filed for divorce in 2006, I had no idea what to do; I interviewed a mediation attorney and divorce attorneys. I finally settled on a divorce attorney as I believed my spouse would not be able to compromise fairly. Throughout the divorce proceedings, the Hoover Krepelka team (especially Bob and Jim Hoover) treated me with the utmost kindness and respect. I know they did a great job representing my ex-husband but I appreciate that they did it in a way displaying both professionalism and compassion. Even though I was the opposite party, I would still highly recommend them to anyone considering divorce.
Posted by NatashaDoubson
I will review Jim Hoover in two capacities:
- as counsel who represented me at two hearings (there are many more hearings to come and I will update the review later)
- as a partner in a firm who is responsible for selecting, hiring, training and mentoring personnel.
To say a few things about Jim as counsel: he is on top of things and well prepared; he is a good negotiator; his courtroom manners are impeccable; he is a shrewd strategist.
As a partner, he initially planned to have a junior associate work on my case, but soon realized that it is far too complex (I retained Hoover Krepelka for snarly post-judgment issues) and gave me Julia Ronina (McDowell), his most senior associate. Please read my 5 star review of Julia here on AVVO: https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/95126-ca-julia-ronina-1756046/reviews/1231783. Jim is copied on all my emails to Julia to stay abreast of what is going on and provide his expertise as needed.
Jim gets 5 stars himself for having Julia as a star among his staff and for advising her from time to time on matters related to me case.
Posted by Michelle
Divorce is never easy. In fact, it is quite scary and confusing. After the nightmare I was having with my first lawyer, a friend recommended that I call Jim Hoover for representation. It was the best thing I ever did! The first time I spoke to Jim, I immediately felt at ease. He’s extremely professional, personable, honest and knowledgeable. He really took the time to listen with kindness, compassion, and understanding. I was impressed by not only his work ethics but value on family and wanting what is best for the kids. To help with costs, my case was assigned to Jill who also was phenomenal. Jim over saw each step of the way and his entire staff from day one was informative, helpful, and guided me through the entire process. Not once did I ever feel left in the dark or lost. The communication was extraordinary and no matter what, whether it was an email or phone call, they immediately responded.
I was already on a time crunch since I only had 2 weeks before my court date when I hired Jim. Not only did Jim take the stress and pressure off of all the paperwork in firing my old attorney, he and his team worked diligently on getting a final judgement done in time for my court date. They didn’t string anything out and were thorough and efficient. They even took the steps to call the courts ahead of time to let them know about the judgement. No time was wasted. They went above and beyond the call of duty!
I was lucky that my divorce was amicable and the one thing I appreciated most was that Jim and his team also had the utmost respect for my now ex-husband. That speaks volumes about Jim’s amazing character. Jim truly is an outstanding lawyer and all around wonderful person.
Hoover Krepelka clearly has their client’s best interest at heart. Every staff member is a great asset to the company. They truly care, are honest, professional, and trustworthy. I highly recommend Hoover and Krepelka. In fact, I have referred several friends to them as well. Thank you Jim, Jill and the rest of the team. You were outstanding in every aspect and I am forever grateful!
Posted by Linda
Hoover Krepelka, LLP is such an AMAZING law firm. I truly cannot say enough good things. Bob Hoover, James Hoover and Kara Foster have gone way beyond my expectation. They took care of me every step of the way. I'm so grateful to be represented by such caring attorneys.
Kara Foster has been very responsive and is always on top of everything. She immediately responds to my emails, keeps me updated and is very knowledgeable.
I cannot thank them enough and highly recommend Hoover Krepelka, LLP to anyone looking for honest, hardworking legal representation.
Posted by anonymous
Jim Hoover is my hero. I was going through an extremely nasty divorce and I was an emotional wreck. Jim showed me kindness, patience, empathy and understanding. Jim asked me to trust him and he promised to make it right. Jim was true to his word, he gave me my life back and I will be eternally grateful. Jim is an excellent attorney.
Posted by Mike
My team at Hoover Krepelka was exceptional, with James Hoover taking the lead. I first met James over three years ago for an initial consultation. This first meeting involved weighing my legal options for custody of my daughter who was only four-months-old at the time. It was a very painful and confusing season in my life, however, the meeting with James Hoover eliminated one of many worries. I knew I had found the right legal council to guide me through all the potential roads and barriers that could unfold as I separated and worked through private meditation to obtain more and more custody of my young daughter. As fate would have it, two years later I found myself going to court to seek 50% custody of a three-year-old. Though taxing physically, emotionally, and financially, my team at Hoover Krepelka assembled an incredible case and, ultimately, we succeeded in gaining 50% custody. The Hoover Krepelka team was thorough, efficient (with time and costs), and highly prepared and professional. I knew I had the best team. In the end, I am extremely grateful for the outcome – 50% custody of my daughter.
Posted by Sophia
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.
Posted by Dennis
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.