Detail Oriented Attorney offering experience and skills in innovative problem solving and finding unique theories, ideas and solutions to create effectual case arguments. Experienced in labor and employment litigation and is confident in the court room and leverages excellent argumentation and negotiation techniques.
Gibbs Pool and Turner, P.C.Jefferson City, MOSenior Associate Attorney10/2016 to Current
Senior Associate focused on litigation in business and employment law matters.
Litigated and negotiated multiple employment matters in the administrative and the Circuit Courts of Missouri and the Federal District Courts of Missouri and Kansas.
Lead counsel who managed an FLSA wage and hour collective/class action in the Western District Court of Missouri.
Columbia CollegeJefferson City, MOAdjunct Professor - Criminal Justice and MBA08/2013 to Current
Adjunct professor of Graduate Business (MBA Program) and Criminal Justice at the Jefferson City, Missouri campus of Columbia College.
Organized and instructed college level courses on the Federal Rules of Evidence, Business Law and Ethics, and Commercial Law.
Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLCMissouriAssociate Legal Counsel01/2013 to 06/2015
Senior Litigation Attorney for a Fortune 250 company oversaw high volume commercial litigation; negotiated settlements of various types of debts and defended corporation in various counter and cross claims.
Managed and organized all aspects of legal work in preparation for litigation, delegated responsibilities to staff and co-counsel.
Hernandez Law Firm, LLCJefferson City, MOAttorney at Law, Manager11/2011 to 12/2016
Established, managed and directed a law practice focusing on General Litigation, Business Immigration, Consumer and Employment Law.
Investigated complaints of retaliatory and discriminatory employment practices. Analyzed employer policies, procedures and work rules to verify full compliance.
Missouri State Public Defenders OfficeMissouriAssociate Attorney10/2007 to 11/2011
Organized, prepared and conducted jury and bench trials.
Provided zealous defense, prepared trial strategy, and organized hundreds of cases for various outcomes while focusing on client satisfaction.
Juris Doctor - LawMay 2007Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VTCo-Chair Trial Advocacy Mock Court Team; VLS Ambassador/Student Mentor
Bachelor of Arts:Anthropology2004Texas A&M University, College Station, TXTAMU Corps of Cadets/Senior Military College/N.R.O.T.C., Platoon Cmdr. Co. N-1, Certificate in Leadership Studies.
Bilingual (conversational Spanish) ▪ Employment Law and FLSA Class Actions Litigation Experience in both State and Federal Courts ▪ Federal Rules of Evidence Instructor ▪ Admitted to the Federal Western District of Missouri and the Federal District of Kansas
U.S. District Court
and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri ▪ U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas ▪ 8th Circuit Court of
Appeals ▪ The Missouri Bar ▪ Executive Office for Immigration Review ▪ Cole County Bar
Association ▪ The Elwood L. Thomas American
Inns of Court ▪ American Bar Association ▪ American Immigration Lawyers
Association ▪ Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
of the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission ▪ Jefferson City YMCA
Youth Sports Coach
Lead counsel in a complex federal class action matter in the District Court for the Western District of Missouri; 16-cv-4307-NKL.
Successfully defended Neighbors United Against Ameren's Powerline against the Missouri Public Service Commission and ATXI in the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals;
EA-2015-0146 and WD79883.
Currently serving as the Chair for the City of Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission.
Regular Continuing Legal Education moderator and presenter.