Los Angeles, CA, March 19, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, one of the nation's largest minority-owned law firms, announced today Don A. Hernandez has become the firm’s 14th equity partner. Mr. Hernandez will continue to lead the firm’s Pasadena office. "In his short time at the firm, Don has distinguished himself as an excellent lawyer, leader and mentor. The Firm has already benefited from his presence at GSH during 2013 and looks forward to his continued contributions to the growth and direction of the Firm for years to come," said, Emery Harlan, the Firm’s Chairman.
Mr. Hernandez specializes in complex business litigation, with emphases in intellectual property, healthcare and class actions. He has tried numerous cases to verdict before federal and state court juries, successfully appeared numerous times before arbitral forums and appellate courts, and consistently achieved favorable resolutions for his clients at every stage of the litigation process. His background includes large law firm experience with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; White & Case; and McKenna Conner & Cuneo (now McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP). Uniquely, Mr. Hernandez also has small firm experience with his own law firm, Hernandez, Schaedel & Associates, a seven-attorney firm of which he was Managing Partner.
Mr. Hernandez has served recently as co-chair of the American Bar Association Health Law Litigation Committee, Vice-Chair of the Publications Committee of the Health Law Section, and co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, where he participates in meetings with the federal judiciary to discuss matters of importance to the bench and bar. Mr. Hernandez is a member of the Pasadena Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property and Healthcare Sections; Harvard Club of Southern California, President (1995-1998), Nominating Committee Chair (1999, 2007-2010), Vice President Programs (1993-1995), Director (1990-2012); Harvard Alumni Association, Regional Director (2000-2003), Nominating Committee (2004-2006); Stanford Law Society of Los Angeles; and the Stanford Club of Pasadena. He also volunteers as a settlement officer for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Mr. Hernandez received an A.B., cum laude, in Government at Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He was selected for inclusion in the 2014 California Super Lawyers® List, with recognition granted to fewer than 5% of attorneys in the state. Mr. Hernandez is admitted to practice in California; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.
When asked about becoming the 14th equity partner Don Hernandez said, “Since merging with the firm in June of 2013, I have been continually impressed by the caliber of attorneys nationwide. I am very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead firm wide and honored to be added to this dynamic group of esteemed professionals.”
About Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan (www.gshllp.com) is a national minority-owned law firm with 15 offices located in Atlanta; Boca Raton, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Nashville; New York; Pasadena; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; Wayne, N.J; and West Des Moines, Iowa. The firm represents midsized to Fortune 1000 corporations, governmental entities, and individuals in litigation, employment, environmental, corporate and transactional, real estate, public finance, intellectual property & technology, energy, communications & utilities law, and education law.
The firm’s clients include Harley-Davidson, Illinois Finance Authority, Johnson Controls, Los Angeles Unified School District, New York State Industrial Development Agency, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Prudential, Rockwell Automation, Target, State of Wisconsin, Walmart, and others. In 2013, GSH was named a premier legal provider to Microsoft Corp. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan practices law with a commitment to quality, diversity and to the communities it serves.