Professional Experience

Mr. Hernández joined the firm in 2018, bringing with him a working knowledge of the educational sector.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hernández taught K-8, and later served as a Director of Business and Operations.  In that capacity, Mr. Hernández oversaw school finance, risk management, human resources, school operations, compliance, etc.

Mr. Hernández has counseled public entity clients in matters, including, but not limited to, the Subdivision Map Act, the Ralph M. Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Education code, Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Government code.

Mr. Hernández has successfully represented public entity clients in litigation and trial, handling a wide range of matters including negligence, employment/discrimination, premises liability, sexual assault, and special education disputes.

Selected Representative Matters

  • Gonzalez v. Centinela Valley Union High School District (2021). Defense verdict, jury finding the District was not liable for the acts of a third-party student assault upon the Plaintiff.
  • Zlaket v. Colton Joint Unified School District (2021). Obtained a dismissal in a slip and fall premises liability action against the school district by way of summary judgment motion.
  • Zlaket v. Colton Joint Unified School District (2021). By law and motion, successfully excluded Plaintiff’s expert opinion on the physical properties and characteristics of the condition of the floor in a slip and fall case.

Admissions & Associations

  • State Bar of California (2017)
  • United States District Court, Central District of California (2018)

Speaking & Publications

  • California Supreme Court Rules that Penalties for Violating Rights of the Disabled Under Unruh Civil Rights Act Do Not Apply to Public School Districts
    (Legal Alert, August 17, 2022)

Honors & Awards

  • “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America” (2024)

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