Patrick Hoover Law Offices provides legal representation to clients in the school, the home, and the community. Client matters include court and administrative proceedings involving children, youth, and adults in cases of school related laws/issues; education and special education law and appeals, hearings, private placement, school expulsion/suspension, tuition, and residency issues; juvenile delinquency, waiver/transfer cases, drug arrests, assault, drinking and driving, gun possession, domestic violence, theft, adult criminal defense and many other matters.
We defend people who are charged with all forms of misconduct including all misdemeanors and felonies. State and federal constitutions guarantee each of us a full and fair defense under the law. We provide that defense through speedy and thorough legal advice and representation resulting in the best possible outcome to our clients under the facts of the case.
Our firm's special education practice addresses legal issues in both public and private schools. These issues include suspensions, expulsions, placement services, reasonable accommodations, disciplinary and due process hearings in conjunction with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act for children and youth who are emotionally disabled, struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder or from an assortment of other disabilities impacting education.
Our firm takes pride in its special work as counsel and advisor to children and their families. With over 28 years experience in all facets of criminal and civil litigation, throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia, have come to rely on the services we consistently provide each client in each case.
Admitted to the practice of law in Maryland (1982) and the District of Columbia (1984); the United States District Court for Maryland (1982); the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1985); United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit (1996); United States Supreme Court (2009).
Law, - The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Juris Doctor, May, 1981. Degree conferred with honors: cum laude; Moot Court Board Member - Finalist/Winner of National/Regional Competitions
Aquinas College, - Grand Rapids, MI; Bachelor of Science, May, 1976. Major field of study in Biology with English minor. Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society; Pre-Med Curriculum.
Professional Associations & Memberships
District of Columbia Bar Association, Member 1984 to Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Membership: Juvenile Law Section, 1982 to present (twice served as Section Chair); Judicial Selections Committee 1995 and 2008; Chair, Education Law Section, 2008 to 2009, Co-Chair 2009 to present (Founder); Law Practice Management Section, 1991 to1995; Fee Arbitration Committee, 1990 to 1993 and 1995 to 1997; Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1989; Criminal Law Committee, 1986 to 1998; Library Committee, 1986; Continuing Education Committee, 1991; Computer Users Group, 1991 to present; Technology Committee 2007 to present
Maryland Bar Memberships: Law Practice Management Section, 1990 to 2004; Member, Litigation Section, District Court Subcommittee, 1994 to 2002; Maryland Law Magazine Editorial Board, Juvenile Law Advisor, 1984.
Other Memberships: Maryland Trial Lawyers= Association, 1986 to 1996; Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys= Association: 1986 to present. American Trial Lawyers Association: 1982 to 1984, and 1990 to 1996. Bar Association of the District of Columbia: 1984 to present. BAMC, MD Computer Law Committee, 1988 to 1997. American Bar Association: 1982 to 1996; Law Management Section, 1990 to 1998; Document Assembly Group, 1990 to 1997.
Honors and Awards
Chair,Juvenile Law Section, 1984 to 1985; Term Voting Member, Elections and Nominating Committee, 2008 to present; Law Practice Management Section, 1995; Technology Section and Principal Author/Columnist, BAMC Newsletter, 2008 to present; Judge, School Mock Trials Competition, 1994 to 1997; Chairs: Juvenile Law Section, 2002 to 2003; Education Law Section, Bar Association of Montgomery County, 2006 to present.