Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, the law was always a part of my life. My father spent 6 years as a State Assemblyman in the Nevada legislature before attending law school in San Diego, California. I spent some of my high school years and college summers working at his Criminal Defense law firm.
I earned a college degree at Loyola University in New Orleans in only 3.5 years with a dual major in Psychology and Social Work. I followed in my father’s footsteps attending California Western School of Law in San Diego, graduating in only 2.5 years in 1989, at the top 25% of my class. While in law school I received the Am Jur award in criminal law, earning the highest grade my criminal law teacher ever gave. I participated in Law Review as a writer and an editor. During my second year in lawschool I competed in the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition where we argued about the constitutionality of Caller ID. Lawyers and judges from around the country attended to hear our arguments before they litigated the exact same issues. My team took second place overall, as did our appellate brief. I won first place for oral arguments.
I began my law career in 1989 as an insurance defense lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. I spent a number of years working on multi-million-dollar cases, many of which related to defective construction and had the honor of arguing a case before the Nevada Supreme Court.
I paused my law career after the birth of my first child who was moderately autistic. I returned to the south in 1998. After a few years, I obtained a real estate license and then a real estate broker’s license in Alabama. In July of 2020, I sat for the Alabama bar exam because the practice of law has always been my first love. After scoring in the top 3.5% of the country on the bar exam and obtaining my Alabama law license, I joined The Hernandez & Associates Law Firm focusing on civil litigation, fighting for the rights of individuals who have been injured or who have suffered property damage.