Mr. Hernández was previously a partner at another Portland law firm where he focused his practice on employment law, labor law, and business litigation. He was also involved in international business matters and conducted cross-border contract negotiations on behalf of firm clients.
Prior to law school, Mr. Hernández served in the United States Air Force for nearly five years where he attained the rank of Captain, and was subsequently honorably discharged.
Mr. Hernández has been recognized by business publications and other groups for his commitment to the community and to business development and growth. He was selected as a recipient of The Portland Business Journal's “Forty Under 40” award that annually recognizes the 40 most accomplished, influential, and civic-minded young executives in Portland. Oregon Business magazine selected Mr. Hernández as one of Oregon's "Fifty Great Leaders" and featured him in its publication. The Oregon Chapter of The American Jewish Committee selected Mr. Hernández as its first-ever recipient of its Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award in 2004.
In February 2013, he received the "Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award" from the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. This is the organization's highest award and is presented annually to an individual who exhibits exemplary professionalism, significant contributions to the Oregon legal system, and for exemplary community service.
Mr. Hernández has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in employment law by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in three separate calendar years, and he was selected as one of Oregon's “Up and Coming Lawyers" by The Portland Daily Journal of Commerce. In addition, in 2010 and 2011, he was identified by Chambers USA, an annual guide featuring leading U.S. lawyers and law firms, as a "Leader in his Field" in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
In 2014, Mr. Hernández received the “Distinguished Business Law Graduate Award" from Lewis and Clark Law School, which is an award presented annually to a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, has made a positive mark on the legal or business profession and whose accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to Lewis and Clark Law School.
Additionally, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law- Management (20th-23rd editions, 2014-2017).