Statement of Practice
Serving as private counsel and attorney while licensed for nearly three decades in both Maryland and Washington, D.C., Patrick Hoover and his law firm are widely known for effective and uniquely client-focused legal services. Providing advice, guidance and critical support to young people, students and their families in need of legal representation and counsel, Patrick Hoover and his staff of professionals offer exactly the measure and degree of legal services required of every case. Formerly known as Patrick Hoover Law Offices, since 2010, our law firm was incorporated under Maryland law and operates as HooverLaw, LLC,. We offer widely experienced and highly qualified legal services to our special clients: Students, Schools, Youth and Young Adults and their Families. Led by Patrick Hoover, HooverLaw, LLC. and its staff of dedicated professionals is driven to providing children, teens, young adults and their families with capable and skilled legal services critical to the needs and directions of each client. No matter the issues in a given case, our special clients receive only careful and considered advice with experienced case analysis and highly effective, cutting edge litigation services, counsel and guidance.
The firm’s juvenile and general law practice often includes court proceedings involving, juvenile court and delinquency, drug cases, assaults, gun possession, theft, personal injury and negligence law, along with child custody and guardianship and many other child and youth centric legal matters. Our school law cases and the extensive portfolio of client matters we consistently hold in matters of regular education and/or special education laws, practice, and procedures all address a wide range of legal issues in both public and private education. Suspensions, expulsions, transfer issues, public and non-public placement, programming services, reasonable accommodations and disciplinary matters are some of the legal issues we frequently encounter and ones with which our attorneys have vast experience.
We often take on cases of public school conflict resolution, mediation and due process appeal hearings in accordance federal and state laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, NCLB, the ADA and Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act. Directed at children and youth who are physically and/or emotionally handicapped by any number of causes including Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ID and any number of other causes, such children and youth as well as a student’s adult family members, may too easily fall prey to the extremely involved laws and convoluted procedures invariably a part of such cases. These cases are almost always benefited by the help of capable and proven private counsel skilled in the intricacies of education law. The firm takes pride in its special work as counsel and advisor to families of children with special needs. With almost 30 years experience in courtroom and administrative disputes, respecting all facets of juvenile, criminal and civil law, we represent clients throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia who have come to understand the meaning of trust and confidence in a law firm.
We regularly appear in the following venues: Juvenile, District, and Circuit state courts as well as in federal courts, before local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Maryland Department of Justice, and within a multitude of schools and school districts on matters of educational impact to students and families. Our law litigation practice involves: Civil Trial Practice as well as cases of Juvenile/Criminal Defense covering the entire range of possible offenses charged or merely alleged. We also represent victims of crime, neglect, abuse or intentional harm which have brought damage to our clients.
The firm’s juvenile delinquency practice includes court and administrative proceedings involving delinquency, drugs, assaults, gun possession, theft and runaways among a large number of cases. The firm’s special and regular education practice addresses legal issues in both public and private schools. These issues include suspensions, expulsions, placement services, reasonable accommodations, disciplinary hearings of suspension and/or expulsion and mediation, conflict resolution and due process appeal hearings in conformance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, for or on behalf of children and teens who are, or may be, emotionally disturbed, struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder or any number of other disabilities which impact the child in school.
The firm takes pride in its special work as counsel and advisor to children and their families. With 30 years of courtroom experience in all facets of child advocacy, education law, juvenile law and criminal and civil trial law, throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia, our clients have come to understand the meaning of trust and confidence carefully placed in a law firm.
Patrick Hoover, (Member) admitted to bar, 1982, Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1984, District of Columbia; 1985, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 1996, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Education: Aquinas College (B.S., 1976 with honors); University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981).
Member, Editorial Board and Juvenile Law Advisor, Maryland Law Magazine, 1984.
Speaker/Presenter, Montgomery County Continuing Legal Education on Juvenile Law and Law Office Technology (1986 to present).
Member: Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member, 1982 to present and Chair, 1984, 1992, Juvenile Law Section; Member, Judicial Selections Committee, 1995 to 1998; Maryland State Bar Association, Member 1982 to present, Law Practice Management Section, 1990 to present; Litigation District Court Sub-Committee, 1994 to 1996. Family Law Section, 1991 to present. American Bar Association, 1981 to present. Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1982 to present; Maryland Trial Lawyers’ Association, 1983, Technology Committee 1996 to present; Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association, 1995 to present. Reported Cases: McCorkle v. State, 95 Md.App. 31, 619 A.2d 186, (Md.App. 1993). Practice Areas: Education Law, Personal Injury Law, Criminal and Traffic Law; General Civil Law, Administrative Law.