Frank J. Prainito

Testimonials

Given the emotionally charged and often times very private nature of divorce, Hoover Krepelka, LLP is honored when a client takes time to articulate their experience in working with our firm. We work as a collaborative team and strive to have unparalleled client support throughout the legal process of a case.

The following are written testimonials collected from valued clients, peers and field experts with whom we have had the privilege of working with:

“Julia (Bressman) was wonderful to talk to. She is very compassionate and is extremely caring. She listened thoroughly and explained the process in a very detailed manner. She explained options and didn’t pressure me at all to hand over money. I haven’t decided whether or not to move forward with a case but if I do, Julia is the one I will surely work with.”

– Confidential

“Julia (Bressman) is an amazing, strong and intelligent attorney and she is extremely easy to work with. I am very happy with your firm and I feel very fortunate to have been referred to you. My kids and I are finally being heard and I am eternally grateful that your firm is making sure that happens.”

– Client

“I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Hoover Krepelka, LLP Team. Especially to James and Karla. My situation was unusual. I recently retired after serving more than three decades in the Navy. Six months after retiring I was served with papers from a person that claimed to be my estranged wife. This person had been been stocking me on my professional social media site during my time in the Navy and managed to locate my new employer where I was served. I was shocked that someone I have never met or spoke with could actually claim she was my spouse and seek compensation. What I learned is that anyone can sue anyone for any reason. So – I needed to hire a lawyer to defend myself. I don’t live in California, so I did a bit of online research to try and find a good CA law firm. I contacted Hoover Krepelka, and it was my lucky day. James happened to over hear me speaking to the person who answered my call. That’s when James decided to personally get involved in my case. A couple of days later James and I spoke on the phone so I could explained my situation to him. At the end of the conversation, he assured me that everything would be ok – then he said, “thank you for your service to our country, and if you don’t mind I would like to handle this cause for you pro bono.” His offer caught me off guard. After composing myself, I humbly accepted his gracious offer. James then assigned Karla (who was absolutely wonderful) to my case and followed the procedures every step of the way. In the end everything turned out just as James assured me. It does my heart good, knowing that good and decent people like James and his team live in our great country. I would recommend James and entire Hoover Krepelka law firm to anyone 100X over. Thank you James and Karla. God Bless”

– Confidential

“Extremely professional and no-nonsense firm. Julia and Travis worked with me to set goals and expectations and were very clear about how to do this as cost-effectively as possible. This is never a nice life moment to go through but they made it much more bearable and were very supportive. Highly recommend this team and the company.”

– Louise C.

“I made the introduction for a client of mine who was already working with another family law attorney on a very complicated situation. They were so happy with the advice and consultation Travis provided they are moving forward with Hoover Krepelka and could not be any happier.”

– Richard L.

“This is a review for Julia McDowell, senior associate. She was originally the associate on my case and I ended up hiring her to be my sole representative. Julia has put in countless hours on my behalf. She is a highly intelligent, responsive, honest, careful and articulate attorney. She knows my case and its facts as much as I myself do. She is calm and articulate in the courtroom and puts me at ease. My case is incredibly complicated, one of the hardest a family law attorney can take on, and I have full confidence in her abilities. I highly recommend Julia and I thank her for all that she has done for my daughter and me. All 5 stars for Julia.”

– Erin

“I was referred to Hoover Krepelka by a friend, and I’m glad I chose this firm. Travis is extremely knowledgeable, straightforward, and honest, even if you don’t want to hear it. Here’s not going to waste your time, and money, trying out strategies that aren’t going to work. They handled my case well and got me the outcome I wanted in the end. As a team, Travis and Kara did everything right! You can’t go wrong with this team!”

– Amanda N.

“I retained Jim, James Hoover, 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 and his associate, Kara Foster, to help me. They are very attentive and caring to my case. They are professional 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 and Kara fight for my child’s best interest. Jim also tries to keep my legal cost down. I have most of the work done by Kara and she does an amazing job. Jim has also given me discounts and 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 and Kara enough for “saving” my child. Now he’s in good care with me and is happy. I would highly recommend Jim and Kara to anyone.”

– Confidential

“We were very impressed with H&K LLP – they are not necessarily the cheapest law firm in the valley but in my experience they are one of the best and most effective. In particular our attorney Karlina was exceptional, her advice, strategy/negotiation skills, compassion for our children and professionalism helped steer us to a very successful conclusion in our custody case. We now have physical and legal custody of both our teenage children and are able to provide them with the stability that they need to be happy and successful in life.

Big big thanks Bob Hoover and Karlina and a strong reccomendation !!”

– David C.

“I wanted to sincerely thank Mr. Hoover for his time and patience on meeting with me. I felt very welcomed and comfortable. We have decided that it’s best for me considering my situation to go in a different direction with a family friend. I appreciate your efforts. I will definitely spread the word about your law firm.”

– Confidential

“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.”

– Barbara B.

April 2016

“I retained Hoover Krepelka for post-judgment issues. The law firm, in my experience, is like a well-run orchestra. The first violin, Jim Hoover in my case, is a virtuoso negotiator and strategist as well as a compassionate listener. The tireless pianist, Julia McDowell in my case, excels in her  staccato writing style – short, springy, lightweight sentences – that transforms any facts, no matter how snarly or difficult to stomach, into an easily digestible story. The clarinet, Lillian Reifkind, a legal assistant, makes sure everything that needs to be served, or filed, or scheduled is indeed served/filed/scheduled on time, and updates from Lillian literally could not possibly be written any crisper. The conductor – the office manager, Michelle Casillas – clearly knows what she is doing, and other supporting instruments all join together in executing a nearly flawless performance. Small mistakes (we are all human) are owned up to elegantly and corrected at no charge to the client. Even another first violin – Travis Krepelka – got involved in my case helping with a tip.

I would like to make two special recommendations for Julia, who is the most senior attorney among associates in the firm.

First, I would like to recommend her for people whose marital relationship involved what nobody deserves to experience – psychological and physical violence. Julia would be able to simplify your story as to make it easily readable; she clearly has mastered the craft of selecting representative facts, cutting down on verbosity and making salient points. She is a good writer AND a good lawyer – exactly the combination to look for in your legal representative. And she is completely unperturbed by the games played by the perpetrators of emotional cruelty, which sets the tone for communications with the opposing party.

Second, I would recommend Julia for people of Russian background as she reads Russian fluently and would be able to tell you what documents or correspondence in Russian merits a court-certified translation, thereby cutting down on the costs of translation to the bare minimum.

All in all, I only wish I had found Jim and Julia much earlier.”

– Natasha D.

December 2015

“I have known Travis since 2007 when I started working with Bob Hoover’s firm in my divorce case. He was a junior attorney that time who handled all aspects of my complex custody case.

His through professionalism, prompt action and meticulous handling of all paperwork always impressed me. He is an excellent creative writer, whose carefully drafted legal paperwork with lots of deep legal research work and citations make a huge difference in contested divorce case like mine, I think. He was my second attorney. With of his diligence and thorough knowledge of all aspects of family law, he turned around my case and got me due results in a highly contested and lengthy legal battle. I wish I had him from the beginning of case.

Since 2007, I was witness to Travis’s very fast and steady rise as a very able family law attorney in bay area. No wonder he soon became a partner of his firm in 4-5 years. Even though my case was resolved with his help much before, I had to use his services again in 2012 for a pending matter in my case that finally went to trial. I was very much impressed with his deft and extremely mature handling of the long trial session — once again with thorough professionalism. He not only won the trial and obtained the desired result (that involved a foreign travel with my child) for me against stiff challenges from the other side (with battery of expert lawyers at multiple stages), he successfully removed all legal obstacles later on very effectively. In my opinion, he is now a complete family law attorney, who not only deals with all aspects of a complex legal case very professionally including trials, he has a unique style and legal maturity at a young age that even the seasoned attorneys and judges appreciate.

Of course, all good things come with a price tag and he is costly. But, every penny is worth when he takes up a matter and brings results. I will definitely recommend him to my friends.

I wish Travis all success.”

– Milan

“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!”

– Michelle

“I would like to let you know how grateful I am for all the help you’ve given me, sort of a healing experience after a rough, traumatic ride. Many thanks.”

– Ruth

“I was referred to Hoover Krepelka by a friend of mine that knew someone that worked in the office. I didn’t know where else to go and completely trusted this friends opinion. I scheduled a free consultation with Bob Hoover, he was more than understanding about my situation, he wanted to hear every single detail about my life up until present time, so he could completely get the full picture of my life and what I was dealing with at the time. I felt that was so important as well, for him to really know me and my life in order for him to represent me in my divorce. His co-attorney Kara Foster was just as wonderful. They both made me feel so comfortable, welcome and confident and that was exactly what I needed. I like the fact that they pride themselves on settling cases before court and that’s exactly what happened in my case. I never went to court for my divorce and because of the support they gave me I never had to. I’m so grateful for everything they did for me, it’s so hard to put in to words. They are honest, they care, they are confident in the law and what needs to be done. I’m so very appreciative that I found them and if I ever need counsel again, I’m going right back to them with no hesitation. The best feeling is knowing that I can go back to them whenever I may need them and they know me and understand my case and I feel so thankful for that. Thank you Bob and Kara, you are the best in what you do and I would refer you to anyone that needed a lawyer! Even though you don’t officially represent me now, I still refer to you both as MY lawyers and I’m very proud and sincere in expressing that. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…..for understanding the law the way you do, for making this client feel like I mattered and for honestly just being you, two honest, caring people that are awesome at what they do and anyone would be lucky to have you in their corner!”

– Stephanie H.

 

“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.”

– Michael K.

 

“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.”

– Dennis H.

 

“I hired Jim Hoover and Rebecca when after 3 years my Ex did not refinance the family home even though ordered to do so by the court. After several good faith attempts I reached out to them, from the time of our initial consultation until the time the refinance was complete was only a 3 month span and they were able to get my Ex to pay my legal fees. Jim Hoover is second to none. Do not hesitate to reach out to him!”

– Sarah L.

 

“Jim is an excellent Divorce attorney who understands how to apply the law to enable the best possible outcome. The deck was definitely stacked against me due to my marital circumstances and I could not have ever hoped for a better outcome!

I would absolutely (and have many times) recommended Jim to friends and family if the unfortunate need arises.”

– Mike T.

 

“I am so thankful to have come into contact with the professionals at Hoover Krepelka. Having a terrible experience in the past with a family law attorney, meeting and corresponding with these two men, has been a breath of fresh air. While you hope you never end up in a situation needing a family law professional, their expertise, professionalism, and kindness make this experience much more tolerable.

Both of the conversations I have had with Mr. Hoover and Mr. Krepelka have resulted in an alleviation of tension, gratitude, and a continued growth of trust. I am very thankful that a firm like theirs exists. Good legal advice/counsel, while expensive, is also priceless. (Expensive, speaking as a whole, not a reflection of the quoted rates of this firm.)

They are very honest in their advice, yet do not talk down to you. My questions, no matter how petty I thought they might be, were all taken seriously and answered in full, without contempt.

In what can be a money sucking industry, today (after my interaction with Mr. Krepelka) I am reminded that there is goodness in people and I am happy to recommend and support this firm.

– Leah B.

 

“We owe our victory to your quick thinking… Kara and Travis truly and deeply care about the well-being of children and the prosperity of families. They are deeply committed to helping obtain healthy, positive outcomes for families through the divorce process. They demonstrate a tremendous amount of integrity in an area of law where dishonesty seems so common. I am proud to be represented by such honest, and caring people.”

– Vanessa

 

Getting a divorce is terribly difficult. I’m thankful that Bob Hoover was my attorney through my ordeal. He helped me get the best possible results that were fair to both parties. Beyond that, he and his staff always treated me with respect. He helped me make good decisions when I wasn’t at my best, and helped me quickly resolve some tricky issues that had dragged on for a very long time. Legal representation is always going to be expensive, but in the long run, I’m glad I decided to go with the best divorce attorney in the area. It was 100% worth it, and actually saved me a lot of money in the end.”

– Zae M.

 

“I selected Hoover-Krepelka for my 2014 divorce because I was thoroughly satisfied with the professional job Bob Hoover had done on my 1977 divorce, and for many friends I had referred to him since. Even so, I had hoped I would never need his services again. I soon found his partner Travis Krepelka to be similarly top-tier. They and their staff attorneys were thorough, meticulous, professional and ethical through every phase of the process. They responded promptly to communications from opposing counsel and from me. They reached their goal of creating a marital settlement agreement that was fair to both parties within the six months prescribed by law. You might find a cheaper law firm but you won’t find a better one. For me, the only better outcome would have been not getting divorced at all.”

– Rich

 

“I will simply say thank you for all your hard work, for believing in me, for taking on my mess of a case, seeing it through, and ultimately turning it completely around. The peace of mind that comes with having your representation is invaluable. Words can’t express my gratitude for righting all the wrong possible and giving me a sense of finality to numerous unresolved issues. I can now move forward without the heaviness of my case weighing on my heart and mind.”

– A.D.

 

“If you are seeking advice and want someone with years and years of experience this is the place. The last 10 years of my life I owe to these professionals. We all know attorneys are not cheap. Life changing situations are not something you want a discount on. They led me in the right direction when I was very confused. Now I can look back and just be thankful.”

– Matthew

 

“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.”

– Robert

 

“Travis was my divorce attorney. Did Travis minimize the monetary repercussions of my divorce and maximize my results? Yes he did. Did he provide me with the best information and strategy to help me make informed decisions regarding my divorce? Yes he did. If I did it all over again would I use anyone else? Absolutely not.

Travis knows his stuff, and when you’re going through such a difficult emotional and financial time (and let’s face it; money throws kerosene on the emotional fire) you need an expert with confidence and good values who can properly manage your expectations so you can make the best decisions.

If you’re reading this it’s most likely because you’re about to embark on a very difficult time in your life. Good luck, and rest assured if you call Travis next.”

– Candice

 

“Jim is very empathetic and listens well. He seems mindful of relationships with children and family. He took the time to understand the specific facts of my situation and adopted a holistic approach to my case. He sets expectations and is clear on what is achievable. He was able to articulate to me the cost benefit trade-off of potential different courses of action. This is a difficult time for all parties so it was valuable to me to have a trusted professional on my side that could bring acute common sense to the discussion. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jim.”

– Client

 

“Excellent response to my urgent request for preventing child abduction. Very competent and top of things at all times. He stepped up to the task and completed the task to satisfaction. Excellent service indeed.”

– Client

 

“James provided excellent service to me while renegotiating my child support agreements with my son’s mother. He was eager to help, informed me of my rights and answered any questions I had over e-mail and in the office. I would recommend James Hoover and his staff to anyone looking for help in their child custody/support or divorce case.”

– Bryan

 

“Mr. (James) Hoover is a highly competent attorney who repeatedly shows common sense, empathy and perseverance. This is the sort of attorney every client should have and every professional is pleased to work with.”

– A Forensic Evaluator

 

“Travis worked hard for me, made sure he understood my case, and came to meetings with a carefully planned strategy. I particularly appreciate his sensitivity to not wasting my time, which also translates into dollars. We had meetings and conversations when necessary and he moved through issues quickly and effectively. Travis displayed both professionalism and warmth, which is helpful, particularly during stressful times.”

– Client

 

“Mr. Hoover has represented me in two situations; my divorce, and now currently in an unrelated domestic abuse case. He is always extremely professional, competent (extremely well-versed in family law), ethical, friendly, timely (in meetings and communications), and thorough in informing me in the details of family law pertaining to the case at hand. He works well with opposing counsel as to minimize adversity, but always puts my needs first as his client. Jim also has highly qualified experts in fields as contacts that his client might need that pertain to his/her case. I feel I am in the best hands having him as my counsel, and would highly recommend him to anyone needing representation in family law matters. I have referred him to friends on three occasions. He is worth every dime!”

– Client

 

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.

– Don

 

“Travis Krepelka was a dogged advocate for me. He researched uncommon wrinkles to the case and came back with insightful and useful answers. He is sharp, hardworking and quick thinking. He was responsive to both phone calls and emails. He was always very candid with me about the prospects of any course we were considering, and I felt well informed.”

– Client

 

“I value Mr. Hoover’s integrity and feel confident when referring my clients to Mr. Hoover as I know they will be taken care of. Mr. Hoover is ethical, well-versed in family law, friendly, cares for his clients concerns and always puts his clients interest/needs first.

I refer my clients to Mr. Hoover for divorce, prenuptials, child custody/family law needs. He is wonderful to work with and someone I trust.”

– A Family Client

 

“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.”

– Dominique

 

“I was initially referred to Jim by a friend who had recently finalized his divorce settlement and had been very satisfied with Jim’s work.

My own divorce had been going on for approximately 18 months with no end in sight and I was looking for a new attorney to help me reach an equitable settlement. When we first met I explained my situation and my complete dissatisfaction with my prior attorney and the fee’s I had incurred. Jim listened attentively and asked appropriate questions related to the case and my interaction with my prior attorney. I retained him that day. The next day before 9:00 am I received an email from Jim detailing his initial due diligence assessment having reviewed the files I had provided and an outline of how he proposed we moved forward with my case. Since then I have consistently found Jim to be responsive to my queries, attentive to my concerns, and diligent in his dealings with my ex-wife’s attorney. Over the past nine months I have never had cause to question his billing hours and have found the fees incurred to be reasonable based on the work he has performed.

With Jim’s help and guidance my case was settled last week with a long term spousal support agreement that fully met my primary objectives. Based on this experience I would not hesitate to recommend Jim to anyone dealing with the stress of family law in California.”

– Chris

 

“Jim was a great attorney in my case. Can’t thank him enough for all the help in my case. He’s very personable and works within the comfort of your case. Can’t recommend him more!!”

– Ron

 

“I just left Travis Krepelka’s office after a divorce consult. After my last meeting with a divorce attorney, he was such a breath of fresh air.

He basically told me I could handle my case without lawyers involved, didn’t try to scam me and was very informative.

Thank you for your time and knowledge. I will be referring my friends and family to you :)”

– Consult

 

“Jim Hoover helped me through my very tough time and a difficult family situation. Because of my complicated circumstance, Jim had to work together with a trust attorney as well work with Santa Cruz County court. He handled all the obstacles that came our way with grace and focus. The result was a very positive resolution that I don’t believe I could have accomplished without his help. I felt very confident with his advice and appreciated his care and responsiveness. Jim went out of his way to keep me informed while considering my financial situation. He kept us focused to get resolution in the fastest time possible. Jim Hoover is highly knowledgeable lawyer with great ability to defuse tense situations and find solutions and a positive outcome. I highly recommend Jim to anyone needing legal advice and representation.”

– Noemi

 

“I would highly recommend Jim Hoover. He made us feel comfortable during a very difficult time. We were impressed by his knowledge of law and procedure, his compassion and understanding of what we were going through and the way he conducted himself in court. As our journey continues, we know we are in good hands.”

– Client

 

“When we first met Jim, we were impressed with his professionalism and genuine care for our situation. He listened and then assured us not to worry – that he would bear the weight of the case.

Jim consistently communicated with us and kept us up-to-date with the on-goings of our case and never once hampered us regarding the balance on our account.

Jim’s work ethic, knowledge of the law and of the Santa Clara legal system, thorough research prowess and strong court presence make him a tough adversary. One could say he is the David of David and Goliath.

Our lives would have been drastically different if we hadn’t met Jim or if we didn’t have the same verdict that we are so grateful for. Our family is whole and we haven’t had to worry about being ever being apart from each other.

Our case was definitely one-of-a-kind and very complex. Jim made sure that we would be treated fairly and receive a fair justice. The whole office worked for us and with the same professionalism.

Jim is like family to us and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We believe anybody who hires Jim for their child custody/child support matters would be more than pleased with the outcome.

We will always be grateful and thankful for everything he has done.”

– Maria

 

“Legal issues can be very frustrating and/or terrifying, and I was caught in a whirlwind of the two when I started my child custody case. Jim was/is AMAZING. He is professional, trustworthy, knowledgeable, hardworking and makes sure that you know he cares about YOU and YOUR CASE. He definitely does NOT fall under the lawyer stereotype! He is friendly and attentive and does everything he can to get the job done professionally and in a timely manner. He kept in touch with me to make sure I was always updated and informed and was ALWAYS available to answer questions whether it be via email or in person. I am extremely pleased with the results of my case and I honestly feel that anyone other than Jim would/could not have got these results. In a nutshell: I feel comfortable putting my life into Jim’s hands. He has not let me down, nor will he ever. He is the best out there!”

– Clara

 

“Jim assisted me with a pre-nup and I was impressed with his knowledge and experience. He was responsive and professional and I would not hesitate to work with him or recommend him to friends and family.”

– Claudio

 

“When I found myself in need of a family law attorney, I sought referrals from many friends, several of whom worked in law firms themselves. I received recommendations to several family law attorneys; however four referrals, three from other attorneys, were to Jim Hoover, at Hoover & Bechtel. After interviewing three of the recommended attorneys, I chose Jim Hoover to be the best fit for my counsel. I found him to be receptive and interested in my unique situation, as well as extremely knowledgeable in family law. I wasn’t looking for a warm and fuzzy person, but a strong lawyer who could take command of my case and handle the anticipated bumps and hurdles. He has done this just as I had asked him to, but has also served as a patient and compassionate listener. He is very responsive both via phone contact and via email. He is prompt in getting out our motions and letters and in answering any questions I have. He has proven to have many resources available to him and various contacts outside the family law area with whom he can consult to help with my case. He has even made calls to colleagues while I am in the office, so we can get our questions answered without delay. He was upfront and frank about his fees, and has always been cognizant of his time and our expenses, sometimes suggesting alternate ways to do things to save cost. I very much appreciate this approach. While dealing with family law issues can be frustrating and emotional, I have been extremely pleased with my selection of Jim to be my attorney. I recommend him highly to anyone in need of a family law attorney who wants to get the job done, or just someone to consult with about such matters.”

– Barbara

 

“Travis worked hard for me, made sure he understood my case, and came to meetings with a carefully planned strategy. I particularly appreciate his sensitivity to not wasting my time, which also translates into dollars. We had meetings and conversations when necessary and he moved through issues quickly and effectively.

Travis displayed both professionalism and warmth, which is helpful, particularly during stressful times.”

– Client

 

“Mr. Hoover and his team have provided expert guidance during my divorce, a stressful and emotional time, as I am sure most divorces are. He and his team have been knowledgeable, thorough and effective.

Jim has demonstrated integrity, and strong business and personal ethics as he works to resolve my case. His attitude is reflected in his staff. They are a strong, professional team.

Well known as being a fair and professional opponent, Jim is also well known as a powerful and effective advocate for his client.

Jim Hoover’s in-depth knowledge of the respected experts often necessary in divorce proceedings, including judges for private mediation, accountants and vocational experts has had a huge positive impact on my case.

On a more personal note, in concert with all of the above, Jim Hoover has been genuine and sensitive, acknowledging my emotions. Often, Jim takes the time to lend an ear or allow me take a breath before returning to the task at hand. Jim’s acknowledgement of me as a person going through a personal struggle (as well as a client) has been an unexpected benefit for me in this difficult time.

I was referred to Jim Hoover by another attorney of similar reputation and have repeatedly referred friends to Jim and his team.

When I am asking anyone for a referral for any kind, I ask, “Who would you recommend to your mom, sister or best friend?” For me, Jim is the attorney I would recommend.”

– Eleanor

 

“I was distressed to see such a negative review for Mr. Hoover. My experience was so very positive. On the occasion of the most painful and difficult crisis of my life I am so very, very grateful to have found James Hoover and his fine staff.

I was referred to Mr. Hoover by a well-respected and seasoned Palo Alto attorney who wanted to put me in ‘good and competent’ hands. My first conference with Mr. Hoover was free and he described to me succinctly, but in detail, what I could expect in terms of the law and legal fees.

Initially I contacted Mr. Hoover and his associate frequently to ‘cry on a shoulder’, and was advised with great courtesy, in the interest of keeping my legal fees as minimal as possible, to consider limiting contact to specific legal issues that required my input or decisions as they arose. Good advice indeed.

I had been threatened with torture and death. Mr. Hoover obtained a restraining order on my behalf so quickly. In court, opposing counsel called me names, cast aspersions on my character and shouted down the judge. It was horrible. Mr. Hoover asked me how I wanted him to behave in response. I asked that he not resort to such dreadful behavior and that we conduct ourselves as Gentleman and Lady. All through an entire court appearance Mr. Hoover stood up between me and opposing council as we sat facing the judge from our separate tables, forming a barrier between the finger pointing, gesturing, shouting and name calling attorney and me. Mr. Hoover was calm and rational in response to the tirades of opposing counsel; totally unflappable. His presentations to the Judge in rebuttal and on my behalf were calm and to the point with no disrespect directed to opposing counsel’s client. At a time when I felt so threatened, so vulnerable, Mr. Hoover made me feel safe and protected. He held up my dignity during a humiliating time. I will never, ever forget that day and that gesture.

Over the course of my case Mr. Hoover brought several specialized consultants onto our team. Each brought so much value to the process and their efforts resulted in real emotional and financial benefit to me. They were not cheap, but without their expert research and testimony I would have been left with nothing from my 20 year marriage.

Things didn’t always go my way, but Mr. Hoover never painted me the picture of the outcome I most desired. He told me the facts about the law, the Judge and the process. In the end what Mr. Hoover accomplished on my behalf exceeded my expectations. In all things he was honest, fair dealing and a gentleman. I came away from this most horrible of situations with financial and emotional assets I never expected.

If you want to know what kind of an attorney James Hoover is, ask me. I’d love to tell you all about it.”

– Glee

 

“James was highly recommended to me by a close friend that had employed James for a representation in a family matter. I have worked very closely with James and my experience has been nothing shy of exemplary. I found him to be very caring to my situation and I felt a genuine feeling that he has my best interest at heart. James understood well the California family code and is very knowledgeable.

I have recommended James to some of my friends in the past and I will always recommend him to anyone who seek my opinion in recommending a family lawyer. James always presented himself in a tremendously professional manner and handled himself greatly on all aspects of my case.

I am very happy with the decision to hire him as my lawyer. I consider James a friend, he is honest, trustworthy and has a great character. I would certainly recommend him to anyone who is seeking to hire a family lawyer.”

– Client

 

“I have and I will continue to recommend Jim Hoover. He counseled me through and won my guardianship case. Besides his experience and knowledge, what stands out most to me about Jim is that he’s so genuine. He’s real and I feel he really cares about people. He was our guardian, our guardian angel. His professionalism was first class. At no time did I ever question my choice in legal support…

What I received from Jim Hoover was excellence. I had a guardianship case. He not only was knowledgeable and experienced but he took what I would consider extra time and educated me on a couple things. I was never kept waiting or stood up (you hear of this happening all the time) without the extra charge. It pleases me to know such a lawyer and love referring him to friends.”

– Jill Marie

 

“Travis was great at getting back to me as soon as available, which was never very long. I had a very complicated case and always knew exactly what was happening and what was being filed. My previous lawyer never gave me any paperwork and let many things fall through the cracks. Travis is a solid concrete floor, nothing falls through the cracks. In court and through filings it is clear that Travis listened to me and my wishes and presented them in the best way possible. He was honest when I asked if certain filings were worth the time or not and I felt like I could trust his recommendations completely.”

– Client

 

“I would like to thank all at Hoover Krepelka and a big, special thanks to Travis. I will never forget that day when you showed up at the court. Your presence gave more confidence, then I said to myself, ‘yes, we can do this! Rebecca thank you for your hard work. I wasn’t that patient, but you handled me so well. Great job guys.”

– “A.” / Client

 

“I worked with Jim on my very complex and contentious divorce. He and Marie were marvelous to work with throughout a very long, and harsh process. We won every custody precedent and prevailed despite constant drama and difficult behavior from my ex-spouse. Our family is finally celebrating a year of no drama and peaceful life, post-divorce and custody case. I’d highly recommend Hoover and Bechtel for their insight, perseverance and ability to win every case! I’m grateful and impressed….and it was grueling as most contentious divorces can be…but we made it! I could not have done so without their excellent advice and support throughout the entire journey.”

– Client

 

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jim Hoover, during trying times he is not only compassionate but competent.”

– Client

 

“I have known Jim for several years and have greatly benefited from his advice and counsel. Aside from his role in litigation of providing professional legal advice, I have seen Jim, time and time again, put his heart and soul into issues that were important to me. He has helped me on numerous occasions. I trust his judgment and tenacity.

Not only would I not hesitate to refer people to Jim, I have actively done so and will continue to do so.”

– Steve

 

“Unfortunately in today’s world divorce and child custody issues are with us.

We were unfortunate to have a Grandson whose Mother decided withholding visitation was ok. My Son and I went in for an initial consultation with Jim. He was very upfront about his fees and explained the issues and road blocks we would encounter in resolving the issues.

The procedure went the way Jim said it would and I would recommend him to anyone that is going through a divorce or having child custody/support issues.

I was also surprised when using his name with other attorneys how well they regarded him after dealing with him from the opposing side.”

– Randy

 

“I found every single person at the firm to be so kind. When I met with James Hoover he was professional and very thoughtful. When it came to my case, he was thorough and beyond prepared. James advised me, looked out for me, and was the consummate professional. I would recommend Mr. Hoover to anyone in need of a lawyer that is kind, caring and above all fully prepared to take on any situation.”

– Danielle

 

“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.”

– Steve

 

“Travis is an amazing attorney. I know I would not be where I’m at custody or financially if it were not for Travis and the good folks at Hoover Bechtel. Travis always kept me very informed about what to expect, showed me ways to do some work that saved me money, was very sensitive and understanding to my situation and concerns, is extremely responsive and was always available for me, really knows and understands complex family law, and gets results. Travis is one of the smartest and most articulate people I know. A father himself, he is very compassionate. I highly recommend Travis, and would not hesitate to refer him to my closest friends and family.”

– Client

 

“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.

Has credibility and respect from Judges – much more than the opposing legal counsel. 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 associate, is very empathetic and responsive. Very dependable.”

– L.

 

“I interviewed and worked with several other law firms before hiring them and comparatively, 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 lent 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.”

– Client

 

“Have a really good friend who hired Travis…

It’s rare that you hear that someone left happy in a divorce, but she is and VERY happy that she was referred to Travis who is a partner at the firm.

I hope you do not ever need a fantastic divorce attorney…but if you do, interview with Travis ASAP.”

– Michael

 

“I retained Hoover Krepelka for post-judgment issues. The law firm, in my experience, is like a well-run orchestra. The first violin, Jim Hoover in my case, is a virtuoso negotiator and strategist as well as a compassionate listener. The tireless pianist, Julia McDowell in my case, excels in her staccato writing style – short, springy, lightweight sentences – that transforms any facts, no matter how snarly or difficult to stomach, into an easily digestible story. The clarinet, Lillian Reifkind, a legal assistant, makes sure everything that needs to be served, or filed, or scheduled is indeed served/filed/scheduled on time, and updates from Lillian literally could not possibly be written any crisper. The conductor – the office manager, Michelle Casillas – clearly knows what she is doing, and other supporting instruments all join together in executing a nearly flawless performance. Small mistakes (we are all human) are owned up to elegantly and corrected at no charge to the client. Even another first violin – Travis Krepelka – got involved in my case helping with a tip.

I would like to make two special recommendations for Julia, who is the most senior attorney among associates in the firm.”

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