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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

  • Judge, Portland Techstars Startup Weekend Latino 2017
  • 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
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Trending Employment Issues,” Oregon Employer Council - Washington County Chapter (March 2018)
  • Panelist, “Discussion on the Legal Needs of Veterans in Oregon,” Oregon Women Lawyers Monthly Luncheon Speaker Series (November 2017)
  • 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)