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Michelle Hoover

Hoover Krepelka, LLP

Family Lawyer | Serving San Jose, CA

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1520 The Alameda, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126

Board Certified Family Law Specialists Serving Northern California

Hoover Krepelka, LLP, is the preeminent family law firm in Northern California. Robert L. Hoover founded our firm in 1960 with one focus in mind: to provide exceptional guidance and strong representation to individuals in the Bay Area and throughout Silicon Valley who need to solve family law problems. We have grown from a one-attorney law firm to become the largest law firm in Northern California that practices family law exclusively.The vast courtroom and settlement experience we have collected over the years provides us the knowledge of how to solve family law problems effectively and efficiently, while protecting the needs and goals of our clients. We are well-positioned to provide exceptional representation to resolve your issues, no matter how complex.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Spousal Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Child Visitation
  • Modification
  • Property Division
  • Complex Property Issues
  • Prenuptial / Postnuptial
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Dependency

Call Hoover Krepelka, LLP today at 408-947-7600 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Robert L. Hoover

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California

 


Attorney James J. Hoover

Bar Admissions:

  •      California, 2001

Education:

  •      Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •      J.D - Summa Cum Laude - 2001
    •      Honors: summa cum laude
    •      Honors: Ranked 4th in graduating class of 212 students
    •      Honors: “Top of the Class” CALI Awards in the following classes: Contracts, Torts, Commercial Transactions, Wills and Trusts, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Procedure
  •      Santa Clara University, California
    •      Bachelor's Magna Cum Laude - 1998
    •      Major: Accounting
    •      Minor: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  •      Santa Clara Superior Court, Judge Pro-Tem
  •      Certified Family Law Specialist, 2013 as recognized by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  •      Avvo Client’s Choice Award, 2012, 2015, 2017 & 2018
  •      The Expert Network, Best Child Custody Attorney Office – Santa Clara, 2017
  •      Three Best Rated, Best Family Law Attorney Office – San Jose, 2017 - 2018

Attorney Travis I. Krepelka

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •      J.D. - Magna Cum Laude - 2005
    •      Honors: Order of the Coif, Phi Delta Phi
    •      Law Review: University’s Law Review, Book Review Editor
  •      University of Redlands
    •      Bachelor's - Summa Cum Laude - 2002
    •      Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    •      Major: English: Creative Writing

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  •      Certified Family Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2013

Attorney Julia P. McDowell CFLS

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    •         J.D. - 2007
    •         Honors: Advocates for the Rights of Children, Member
    •         Honors: Public Interest Law Certificate
    •         Honors: NCAA Equity Sub-Committee, Member
    •         Honors: Women’s Tennis Team, Division I, Member
    •         Law Journal: Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy
  •     University of California, Berkeley, California
    •         B.A. - 2003

Attorney Jill M. Blake-Burke

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •         J.D. - Magna Cum Laude
    •         Honors: Order of the Coif
    •         Law Journal: Journal of International Law, Technical Editor
  •     San Diego State University, California
    •         B.A. - Magna Cum Laude
    •         Honors: Women’s Club Soccer Team, Member
    •         Honors: Won National Championship, 2006
    •         Major: Psychology
    •         Minor: History
    •         Minor: Sociology

Attorney Karlina Paredes

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    •         J.D. - 2011
    •         Law Journal: Berkeley Business Law Journal, Executive Editor
  •     San Jose State University
    •         B.A.
    •         Major: History (emphasis on American Military Strategy)

Attorney Ben A. House

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •     Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •         J.D. - Summa Cum Laude - 2017
    •         Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award for being the top of his classes in Family Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Profession, Constitutional Law II, and Remedies
    •         Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for being the top of his classes in Wills and Trusts, Mediation, Evidence, Appellate Advocacy, and Business Organizations
    •         Honors: Best Brief Award in Appellate Advocacy
    •         Honors: President of the Santa Clara University Family Law Society
    •         Honors: Honors Moot Court Internal and Galloway Criminal Moot Court Competitions
  •     University of California Davis, California
    •         B.A. - 2014
    •         Honors: Diana Lynn Bogart Prize for Fiction
    •         Major: Psychology
    •         Major: Social cognition and unconscious bias
    •         Minor: Philosophy and English

Attorney Nkechi N. Nkenke

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •     Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    •         J.D. - 2013
  •     San Jose State University
    •         B.A.
    •         Major: Behavioral Science
    •         Major: Sociology

Attorney Dana Marie Rueckert

Bar Admissions:

  •      California, 2011

Education:

  •     University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    •         J.D. - 2011
    •         Major: Certificate in Entertainment Law
  •     University of California - San Diego
    •         B.A. - 2008

Attorney Kris M. Octabiano

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      University of California, Davis 
    •       B.A. Political Science
  •      Santa Clara University, School of Law
    •      J.D.
    •      President of the Student Bar Association
    •      Galloway Criminal Moot Court Competition - Witkin Award for Academic Excellence

Attorney Sarah D. Chayra

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •     Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •         J.D. - 2019
    •         Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  •     George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
    •         B.S. - 2015
    •         Major: Criminology, Law, and Society
    •         Minor: Criminal Justice and Recidivism (Concentrations)

Attorney Kelsey J. Hickman

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •     Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    •         J.D. magna cum laude - 2019
    •         Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for being in the top of her class in Negotiations, Criminal Procedure Investigation, and Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
    •         Honors: CALI Excellence of the Future Award for being in the top of her class in Labor Law
    •         Honors: LARAW Excellence in Research and Writing Award
  •     California State University, Fresno
    •         B.A. cum laude - 2016
    •         Major: Political Science
    •         Minor: Mass Communication and Journalism

Attorney Meghan Herning

Bar Admissions:

  •      California

Education:

  •      University of California, Santa Cruz
    •      B.A. Latin American & African History
    •      Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  •      Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D)
    •      Deans List
    •      Honors Summer Trial and Evidence Program

I retained Jim Hoover to handle a variety of civil issues for me. Not only was he and his law firm extremely professional, but also very caring. Even after my issues were resolved, Jim continued to help me and was always there if I needed him. Jim and his law office are The best civil attorneys I have ever dealt with and I would highly highly recommend them.

- Client Via Avvo


Dear Jim & Karlina, You guys are simply rockstars!!! You guys are the first step that opened the doors of the best life for me and my children!!! A million thank yous will never be enough!!! Hands-down the best law firm that is out there is you guys!!!

- Client


Travis Krepelka handled my divorce and was outstanding in every way. His knowledge, experience, and insights are matched only by his caring for all parties involved. He knows the process very well, but more importantly, he helps you manage the process so that all parties concerns are addressed, at the least possible cost and hassle. My divorce was years in the making and a task of great anxiety for me. Throughout the entire process, he addressed all of my concerns, was a pleasure to work alongside, and was the key part of a reasonable, fair resolution. I truly believe that he is the best attorney you can find in this area for family law. Like most good attorneys, his hourly rates are high. But Travis is worth every penny. And in many cases, he saved us money by handling the divorce in as straightforward a manner as possible. He also worked very well with opposing council. Frankly, I cannot imagine working with anyone else. I highly recommend Travis specifically for any family law needs you may have. Not only will you be pleased, but you will feel as though you have done it right.

- Client


You guys. Thank you very much for your kind words. The enlightenment I have had in the past few weeks has a lot to do with your involvement. Starting from the book Jim gave me and to the strategy with which we are approaching I am confident for a happy future with my children coming sooner. You read my heart and mind in the first few meetings. I am in a very stable, confident and better place emotionally. You are not just litigators but bear the wellness of your client, so thank you from my bottom of my heart.

I barely did anything yesterday, it was all Jim who owned the meeting effortlessly.

- Client


I contacted Jim for a family matter consultation. Jim and his staff make you feel welcome right from the start. He is very professional and very knowledgeable in the laws. Jim gives you his complete attention and will answer all of your questions clearly. He had very helpful advice and made suggestions that helped me make some tough decisions. I am very happy to have found such a wonderful attorney that I trust and I would highly recommend Jim.

- Consultation


Thank you very much for doing such a fantastic job putting this together and helping me through the process. You made sornething that was overwhelming to me so much easier. Kudos to you on great work Kris!

- Client


Sharp and sweet, Dana. You help me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I will forever be grateful to your law-firm. Thank you Karlina, and Dana.

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.

- L.T.

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