We provide individual attention and prompt response to your questions.
At Hoppe & Associates, Inc. we understand that most people seeking legal services are nervous, scared, and anxious about their situation. Regardless of family relationship issues, estate planning, the exciting aspects of adoption or the purchase of a home; it can be challenging or even seem impossible to navigate through these times on your own.
With our experience, compassion and knowledge, we will make these matters manageable as you cope with these life events. We are committed to the attorney/client relationship and working together for the most reasonable outcome.
We will provide you with competent legal services in a friendly atmosphere. Our clients are important to us and everyone is treated with the utmost respect and solid representation. We look forward to meeting you and walking you through this process.
Bernadette Hoppe, Esq.
Bernadette Hoppe became an attorney after working for 20 years in the arenas of reproductive health, perinatal health, and HIV/AIDS.
Her daily practice was in family law, representing parents, children, and relatives in custody, abuse/neglect, family offenses, divorces, child support and related proceedings.
She has co-chaired the Practices and Procedures Committee in Family Court, which is a committee of the Erie County Bar Association. She was on the Assigned Counsel Panel of the Erie County Bar Association, representing poor clients who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. She served on the Fourth Department Attorneys for Children panel and was frequently appointed by judges to represent children in Family Court and divorce proceedings.
Ms. Hoppe has participated in various efforts to improve the outcomes of families in the child welfare system.
Ms. Hoppe sustains her interest in perinatal health through her participation on the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association. She is co-chairing a national project on establishing best practices in clinical settings as well as the legal and child welfare system for pregnant, drug-using women and their babies, with a focus on opiates.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for numerous other community organizations, including Neighborhood Legal Services. She is a frequent speaker on issues including reproductive and perinatal health, poverty and health, and various aspects of the child welfare system.
Ms. Hoppe holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies, a J.D. with a concentration on health law, and an M.P.H., all from the University at Buffalo. She serves as adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo Law School, in Buffalo NY.
Ms. Hoppe has received a variety of honors and awards throughout her professional career. Honored by the Volunteer Lawyers Project as "Divorce Attorney of the Year" in 2013, the Assigned Counsel Program’s "Family Court Attorney of the Year" in 2014, and the Women Lawyers Association "Woman Lawyer of the Year" in 2014.
In her spare time, Ms. Hoppe loves interesting fabrics and sews clothes for those she loves. She and her wife, Mary, manage 4 dogs and 2 households.
Twenty years of administrative work within the Western New York business community was what Debbie brought to our offices as a legal assistant in 2010.
Currently, she maintains the office of Hoppe & Associates, Inc. using her past experience, organizational skills, and communication to keep the office running smoothly. In addition to working at Hoppe & Associates, Inc., she assists several other attorneys with easing their workload.
Additionally, Debbie was assigned a volunteer appointment at The Institute on Trauma and Trauma Informed Care (ITTIC) at the University of Buffalo in 2011. Debbie has contributed to the overall operations of ITTIC since its inception. Her work has included: web page development, inter/intra-department communication, development, oversight of Trauma Talks Series and some contractual processes for ITTIC, and is a facilitator for some of their training programs.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, cruising, camping, baking, and cooking.
Keli Iles-Hernandez, Esq,
Before earning her law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School, Keli was a special education teacher serving children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Prior to that, she was a medic in the United States Army on active duty for four years. Keli also holds a bachelor degree in psychology from the State University at Buffalo and a master's degree in education from Medaille College.
Keli practices family law representing parent, children and relatives in custody, abuse/neglect, family offenses, divorces, child support and related proceedings. She is on the Assigned Counsel Panel of the Erie County Bar Association, representing clients who cannot afford to pay for an attorney in their family court matters. Additionally, she serves on the Fourth Department Attorneys for Children panel as well.
The journey into family law was driven by Keli's experiences working with children in the foster care system as a special needs teacher. She holds a concentration in family law and was a member of the domestic violence task force while attending law school. Her desire to help children and families in need earned her The Woman Lawyers of Western New York 2016 award for outstanding achievement in the areas of children's rights and family violence.
While in the army, Keli met her husband and they have been together for more than 20 years.
She enjoys spending time with her family and her greatest pride and joy are her children.