Dori Yob Kilmer

Vice Chair, Board and Executive Committee

Dori Yob Kilmer

Shareholder, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department

Hopkins & Carley

ND Board Member Term:

July 2015 – June 2018

June 2018 – June 2021

Board Committee:  Board Vice-Chair, Executive


Dori is a shareholder of Hopkins & Carley and Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. She represents a wide range of clients in complex real estate, land use, and business litigation matters, and regularly litigates in both state and federal courts. Dori earned her BA in Political Science (magna cum laude) and BA in Justice Studies (magna cum laude) from Arizona State University in 2000.  She earned her JD degree from Santa Clara University in 2003.


Dori has earned many accolades and awards in connection with her legal work.  She was honored in the 2010 edition of The Recorder’s California Million Dollar Verdicts.  From 2011 through 2018, she was selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers.  In 2015, Dori was selected as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  In 2016, Dori was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Rising Star” in their “40 Under 40” list, and in both 2017 and 2018, she was recognized by her peers through The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Land Use and Zoning Litigation. 


Dori is also an active and engaged leader within the community.    Dori serves on the board of directors of SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association) which is an organization dedicated to promoting good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Dori was also appointed as a member of the San Jose Planning Commission where she served for five years (including a year and a half as chair).  Dori is an active member of Junior League of San Jose, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community.  She is also a member of ThirtyOne Women, a group dedicated to making a Notre Dame High School education available to girls from very low income families who attend Our Lady of Grace Nativity School by giving a monthly donation for four years to a scholarship fund at Notre Dame High School.