Statement of Practice
Serving as private counsel and legal representative serving clients in the private practice of law for many decades in Maryland and previously, Washington, D.C., Patrick Hoover and his law firm, HooverLaw, LLC, are widely known for providing clients with 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 offers exactly the measure and degree of legal services required for every case. Formerly known as Patrick Hoover Law Offices, HooverLaw, LLC has operated since 2010, incorporated under Maryland law.
We offer widely experienced and highly qualified legal services to our special clients: Students, Youth, and their Families. Led by Patrick Hoover, HooverLaw, LLC. and its staff of dedicated professionals is driven to provide 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, legal guidance, and advocacy.
The firm’s juvenile and student-side Education Law cases inevitably provide clients with strong, knowledgeable, and experienced student and youth advocacy brought in all cases directly by Patrick Hoover. Representation is often brought before various school and administrative hearings concerning every type of student-school conflict. The issues may include a student’s unmet special education needs, school discipline cases, school programming and placement decisions, bullying, online social media incidents, attendance, change of school assignments, and law enforcement. Juvenile Justice matters can result in juvenile court appearances unless skillfully resolved by an experienced attorney professional. Otherwise, clients may face the possibility of a juvenile delinquency finding, probation, and court disposition. Drug cases, assaults, gun possession, theft, personal injury, and serious in-school negligence law, along with child custody and guardianship and many other child and youth-centric legal matters.
This law practice focuses on school law cases and the extensive portfolio of successful client matters of regular education and/or special education laws; with their unique practice and procedures, whether parents with school children in need or students in colleges and universities, clients come to Patrick Hoover for help in confronting a range of legal issues in public and private education.
We often take on cases of public school conflict resolution, mediation, and due process appeal hearings following applicable 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, emotional health issues, 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 almost always benefit from the help of capable and proven private counsel skilled in the intricacies of education law.
HooverLaw, LLC takes pride in its special work as counsel and advisor to families of children with special needs. With vast experience gathered over many years, we proudly represent clients throughout Maryland 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 home monetary damages relief to our clients.
The firm takes pride in its special work as counsel and advisor to children and their families. With decades of extensive of experience in all facets of child advocacy, education law, juvenile law, and criminal and civil 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, (inactive); 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).