James J. Hoover

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Jose, California

Hoover Krepelka, LLP
James J. Hoover
Hoover Krepelka, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2001

Education: Santa Clara University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

Hoover Krepelka, LLP

1520 The Alameda
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126 Visit website


An eminent attorney serving as a partner at Hoover Krepelka, LLP, in San Jose, California, James J. Hoover focuses his practice in the area of family law, taking on complicated legal issues involving divorce, child custody and support, domestic violence, post-divorce modification, spousal support and grandparents’ visitation rights and custody. He is certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is part of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

With over two decades of experience representing clients, Mr. Hoover has made strides of great magnitude within his legal community due to his generous, client-centric rapport. He strives to take a majority of stress off his clients’ shoulders, using an empathetic approach bound with his professionalism, providing them with a sense of comfort that he will handle their case head-on and fight till the end. For his contributions, he has been awarded and bestowed many honors by prestigious legal organizations, including:

  • Membership in the Lawyers of Distinction
  • Admission into the Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • Recognition in the 10 Best Attorneys list by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Being named as one of the Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • A “Superb” rating on Avvo, along with the site’s Clients’ Choice Award for six consecutive years

Mr. Hoover’s foray into the legal field started with him receiving his Juris Doctor summa cum laude in 2001 from the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list for every semester and was awarded top of the class CALI Awards in contracts, dispute resolution, criminal procedure and more. Prior to that, he graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in accounting (with a minor in economics) in 1998 from Santa Clara University, where he was on the dean’s list for all four years.

Licensed to practice in California since 2001, Mr. Hoover stays closely affiliated to several legal organizations, including The State Bar of California, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and ProVisors. Mr. Hoover spends considerable time educating the public on various family law matters, including a media appearance on ABC News 7. He is also keen on helping people who find themselves in difficult positions and is on the advisory board of WomenSV, a nonprofit organization that uplifts survivors of domestic abuse.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage: https://hooverkrepelka.com/attorney/james-j-hoover/

  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • Client Champion Silver – Martindale-Hubbell®; 2021, 2022
  • Top One Percent – National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 10 Best Attorneys – American Institution of Family Law Attorneys
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Three Best Rated, Best Family Law Attorney Office – San Jose
  • Super Lawyers: 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • Martindale Clients Choice Silver
  • The Expert Network, Best Child Custody Attorney Office – Santa Clara
  • “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 School of Law
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award; 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Ranked 4th in Graduating Class of 212 Students, Santa Clara University School of Law
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Silicon Valley Capital Club
  • Advisory Counsel, Women SV
  • Santa Clara Superior Court, Judge Pro-Tem
  • ProVisors
Educational Background:
  • Santa Clara University, California, Bachelor's Magna Cum Laude, Major: Accounting, Minor: Economics, 1998
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Specialization, 2013

Office location for James J. Hoover

1520 The Alameda
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: (408) 947-7600


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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