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Samuel Hernandez

Fax +1.503.248.9085
Samuel Hernandez is an associate in the firm’s Portland office and a member of the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice group. He focuses his practice in the defense of employers against claims filed by prospective, current, or former employees for allegation of discrimination, harassment, constructive or wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour violations in both Oregon state and federal courts, including class action litigation. Mr. Hernandez provides employment advice and training to employers of all sizes. Additionally, Mr. Hernandez maintains a commercial litigation practice and regularly represents clients in state and federal court.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hernandez was an associate at another Portland, OR law firm. He represented employers and management in the defense of lawsuits or administrative complaints filed by current or former employees for allegations including harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. He also provided employment advice and training related to practice, policies, and legal issues, in both Spanish and English, to companies of all sizes.


  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment & Labor, 2017
  • Oregon State Bar Litigation Section: Rising Litigator Award, 2014
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Award, 2014
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Bronze Star Medal, 2007
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Combat Infantry Badge, 2007
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2007, 2015

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
    • President, March 2017 - present
    • Co-president, October 2015 - February 2017
    • Board Member, September 2010 - November 2015
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
    • Board Member, January 2012 - present
  • Classroom Law Project
    • Board Member, December 2015 - January 2017
  • Beaverton Education Foundation
    • Board Member, March 2012 - February 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker on I-9 Compliance, “Employer Know Your Rights,” Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic, 2017
  • Presenter, Barran Liebman’s Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2016
  • Founder/Organizer/Presenter, Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Robert Howdeshell v. B&R Auto Wrecking, et al., Case No. 16-2-05077-3 Represented client in successful mediation against claims of male-on-male sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and retaliation.
  • Karla M. Romero-Nunuez v. Delia Ponce, et al., Case No. C15-4828CV (Washington Co. Oregon, 2015) Dismissing claims for failure to provide a safe work environment.
  • Ruben Heredia v. Henry Manufacturing, Inc., Case No. EEMRC151026-43178 (BOLI, 2015) Favorably resolved claims for retaliation for accessing Workers’ Compensation system and discrimination.
  • Lamarcus Matthew v. Global Security Concepts, Inc., Case No. 130100074 (Multnomah Co. Oregon, 2013) Second chair during court mandated arbitration, second chair during trial. Successful trial result defeating claims for penalty wages and attorney fees.