Welcome to the September edition of our firm newsletter! As autumn approaches, we are here to provide you with the month in review at HK, community involvement opportunities and family law legal tips.
Jaymi L. Salisbury Promoted to Senior Associate
Jaymi L. Salisbury has risen to new heights, earning a well-deserved promotion from Associate to Senior Associate. Jaymi began her tenure at the firm in September 2020 as a Post-Bar Law Clerk and was promoted to Associate Attorney after being admitted to the bar in October 2020. Jaymi's unwavering dedication and track record have consistently helped secure fair settlements for her clients, even in the most challenging courtroom battles. Her commitment to excellence shines brightly as she continues to make a significant impact at California's largest family law firm.

Congratulations, Jaymi!
Emiliza San Diego Achieves the Certified Family Law Specialist Designation
Please join us in congratulating Emiliza San Diego, Senior Associate, on achieving the distinguished Certified Family Law Specialist designation. Attorneys with a CFLS designation are credentialed beyond the standard legal requirements to practice family law.

Out of approximately 200,000 California attorneys, less than 1% are Certified Family Law Specialists.

The process of earning the CFLS certification is daunting. Qualifying factors include:

  • Passage of a vigorous written examination in family law
  • Practice law continuously for at least five years, spending at least 25 percent of the time practicing family law
  • Completion of continuing education in family law greater than what is required of general licensees of California State Bar
  • Demonstration of a broad-based and comprehensive experience in family law based on the completion of a variety of matters in the specialty area
  • Favorable evaluations by other attorneys and judges familiar with the attorney's work in family law

A Certified Family Law Specialist is not a pay-to-play "award", nor an accolade offered by a legal marketing company. Instead, the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization oversees this program, which was created to encourage attorney competency.

We are delighted to announce that Emiliza is now a part of this elite group of practitioners.

Congratulations, Emiliza!
Sally Hauger - Intake Specialist
This month, we spotlight Sally Hauger, Hoover Krepelka, LLP’s Intake Specialist. When individuals seek legal consultations, Sally greets each client with genuine empathy and meticulous care. Her exceptional organizational skills ensure a smooth client intake process, enabling our attorneys to promptly engage in strategic discussions and provide added value during initial consultations.

Her proactive efforts continue to revamp and optimize our procedures, demonstrating her steadfast commitment to precision and efficiency. Her unique blend of heartfelt compassion and forward-thinking exemplifies her indispensable role within the HK team.

Sally, we truly appreciate everything you do and are fortunate to have you on our diverse team!

This month we tackle some observations and offer tips about divorcing a narcissist. Click here for the article which offers practical advice if you should find yourself in such a scenario. 
Click here as Travis I. Krepelka, Partner and Certified Family Law Specialist, offers insights on how to tell when it may be time to file for divorce, and warns about “the devil
you don’t know”.
Malinda Wood’s 50th Birthday/Poker
Tournament Fundraiser - 8/30
In celebration of Malinda Wood, our Legal Assistant extraordinaire on her 50th birthday, we gathered for a thrilling in-house poker fundraiser! Our employee event was “speakeasy” themed and featured two exciting poker rounds, with the top three winners from each round competing in a gripping final showdown.

An impressive $175 was raised for Pacific Clinics, Malinda’s beneficiary of choice. Pacific Clinics is a nonprofit offering vital services, including mental health, foster care, social support, housing, and education programs.
A special thanks to Cindy Barrett, HK’s Administrative Specialist, for coordinating this friendly competition. Happy 50th Birthday, Malinda! Here's to many more years of joy, laughter, and positive impact!
SCCBA Family Law Section - Don Sagatun
Bowling Event - 9/7
Thank you to the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section for organizing yet another successful bowling fundraiser! HK’s team, “Split Happens” enjoyed competing with fellow Silicon Valley family law attorneys as we all joined together for a common cause: to support the Don Sagatun Edwards fund. The fund is used to pay for therapy for children in custody cases within Santa Clara County Family Court.
HK is committed to providing legal advocacy for children of divorcing parents in the Minor’s Counsel matters we handle to ensure the voices and best interests of children are heard. Each year, countless children are impacted by the trauma of their parents’ custody arrangements and do not have the resources to get help. Any contribution to the Don Sagatun Edwards fund is tax-deductible and can make a huge difference to a child in need.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this important cause.
Silicon Valley Capital Club Business Expo - 9/13
The annual Silicon Valley Capital Club Business Expo has always been a beacon of connection, and this year was no exception. On September 13, our team had the privilege of exhibiting to over 250 attendees at the exclusive business and social club.

The Expo provided us the opportunity to personally connect with our trusted referral partners as well as to meet countless new professionals with whom we will be able to foster partnerships with.
Santa Cruz Railroad Woods & Boardwalk
Family Day - 9/16
On Saturday, September 16, 2023, HK employees and their families embarked on an exciting journey to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk via the historic Roaring Camp Train. Our adventure began bright and early at the Roaring Camp Depot, located in the heart of the towering redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The nostalgia of the steam engine train set the perfect tone for a day of exploration and fun.

After our scenic ride through the redwoods, we arrived at the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where we took a ride on the Pirate Ship and then the famous Carousel, before breaking off into groups for a few hours, where a few of us rode the Giant Dipper, a historic wooden roller coaster. After a fun-filled family day for the HK crew, we returned to the train stop to ride back.

Thank you to all the team members and their families who joined us on this unforgettable adventure!
Joseph George Wines Anniversary Party and Friends of HK event - 9/17 & 9/21
Joseph George Wines has been a trustworthy partner when the need to send a heartfelt thank-you gift arises. They have an exquisite selection of fine California wines and personalized gift options.
On September 17th, we had the pleasure of attending their 83rd Anniversary Celebration at Villa Montalvo in Monte Sereno. It was a memorable evening with over 40 California vintners offering samples and catering provided by Le Papillon. We reconnected with associates and friends, and strengthened our ties within the community.
A few days later, we had the privilege of teaming up with Joseph George Wines again to host a “Friends of HK Reception” at their San Jose wine shop. We sincerely appreciate our esteemed referral partners and cherished friends who were able to attend. Thank you for your continued support and for coming out to raise a glass with us!
San Jose Museum of Art Gala - 9/23
Thank you to Janikke Klem with Heritage Bank for the invitation to attend the San Jose Museum of Art Gala on September 23rd.

We enjoyed celebrating this year’s honorees, artist Enrique Chagoya and patrons Evelyn and Rick Neely. Bidding paddles flew up as the live auction raised nearly $1M! The outdoor ambiance at the Circle of Palms was lovely, and the after-party proved to be a groovy soirée. Congratulations to SJMA on a successful event.
SJMA is the leading provider of arts education in Santa Clara County. Proceeds from the Gala will support the San José Museum of Art's mission to nurture empathy and connection by engaging communities with socially relevant contemporary art.

Be sure to visit SJMA soon; there’s so much to see!
Leadership San Jose, Class of 2024
On September 22, the 2024 Leadership San Jose cohort officially launched!

Leadership San Jose is one of the longest-running civic leadership programs serving Silicon Valley’s largest city, San Jose. Established over 30 years ago, Leadership San Jose identifies emerging leaders within San Jose and exposes them to a broad range of issues that impact the city’s economic prosperity and quality of life.

Be sure to keep up with Michelle Hoover, Director of Community Relations, and this year’s Leadership San Jose cohort as they explore how the city works and embark on civic engagement projects and activities.
Next Door Solutions
HK is honored to once again sponsor the annual Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence Light up the Night Gala. This annual event honors domestic violence victims who have lost their lives and domestic violence survivors who are moving toward wellness and recovery.

Next Door Solutions is the only stand-alone domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County. Since 1971, they have helped thousands of survivors and families move out of crisis and violence and into safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to grab yours. We hope to see you at the Gala on October 14th at Villa Ragusa in Campbell.

If you would like to join us in supporting this important cause, click here for several ways to give.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley 
Hoover Krepelka, LLP proudly sponsors the second annual 'Passion, Fashion, and Everything Bold' event hosted by the Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (CASV), set to take place on Sunday, October 22nd. This memorable event will have an exclusive vendor marketplace, captivating live entertainment, and the chance to win exquisite wines and a grand prize, presently valued at over $5,000.

Since 1986, CASV has been committed to assisting children, from newborns to 21-year-olds, who have been placed within the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. They strive to recruit, educate, and nurture volunteers who are pivotal in furnishing indispensable support and resources, empowering these children to flourish.

Secure your tickets today by clicking here.

For more information and ways to get involved, click here.
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