Alex R. Hernandez

Associate

Alex R. Hernandez

Associate

Alex R. Hernandez focuses on both trials and appeals and has represented clients in a wide array of matters, including constitutional challenges, environmental, energy, and securities cases, and even copyright disputes.

Before joining AZA, Alex was an Associate at Baker Botts and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has interned for the Honorable Michael Keasler of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Honorable Scott Field of the Texas Third Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Jeff Steinhauser of the 155th District Court of Texas. Alex has also worked as an appellate law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and as a student attorney at the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office.

Alex maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented indigent clients in child custody, religious liberty, and immigration matters.  Through his pro bono efforts Alex has briefed and argued numerous cases to state and federal courts, including the Federal Fifth Circuit.

Alex R. Hernandez focuses on both trials and appeals and has represented clients in a wide array of matters, including constitutional challenges, environmental, energy, and securities cases, and even copyright disputes.

Before joining AZA, Alex was an Associate at Baker Botts and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has interned for the Honorable Michael Keasler of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Honorable Scott Field of the Texas Third Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Jeff Steinhauser of the 155th District Court of Texas. Alex has also worked as an appellate law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and as a student attorney at the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office.

Alex maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented indigent clients in child custody, religious liberty, and immigration matters.  Through his pro bono efforts Alex has briefed and argued numerous cases to state and federal courts, including the Federal Fifth Circuit.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Co-authored petition for writ of certiorari to United States Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono client seeking review of Federal Fifth Circuit’s judgment in immigration matter.  Pierre-Paul v. Barr, No. 19-779.
  • Assisted with drafting of petition for writ of certiorari to United States Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono client, British dual-citizen, facing death penalty in Texas.  Carty v. Texas, No. 18-50.
  • Co-authored to Federal Fifth Circuit successful motion for stay of deportation and initial merits and reply briefs on behalf of Honduran pro bono client seeking immigration relief under the Convention Against Torture.  Tabora Gutierrez v. Barr, No. 19-60408.
  • Assisted drafting of response brief to Federal Fifth Circuit concerning issue of whether water district’s electoral scheme violates one-person, one-vote requirement of Equal Protection Clause.  LULAC v. EAA, 937 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 2019).
  • Assisted drafting of amici brief to Federal Ninth Circuit on behalf of tort law professors, contending that public-nuisance doctrine is not equipped to address global warming issues.  City of Oakland v. BP, No. 18-16663.
  • Assisted drafting of objections to class action securities settlement in Delaware Chancery Court, contending that defendants had a constitutional right to opt out of a class action settlement solely for monetary damages.  In re Calamos Asset Mgmt. Inc., Cons. C.A. No. 2017-0058-JTL/2017-0139-JTL (Del. Ch.).
  • Assisted drafting of response brief before California appellate court in regulatory environmental dispute.Stop Syar Expansion et al. v. Syar Industries Inc., No. A155669 (Cal. App. 1st).
  • Assisted drafting of opposition brief in California state court in regulatory environmental dispute.Stop Syar Expansion v. County of Napa, No. 16-CV-001070 (Cal. Superior Ct. – Napa Cty.).
  • Co-authored motion to dismiss on behalf of client in Digital Millennium Copyright Act dispute.  Design Tech Homes, Ltd. v. RVision Homes, et al., No. 4:18-cv-04268 (S.D. Tex.).
  • Assisted drafting of motions for judgment as a matter of law, new trial, and supersedeas bond on behalf of client in Digital Millennium Copyright Act dispute.  Preston Wood & Associates, LLC v. RZ Enterprises, et al., No. 4:16-cv-01427 (S.D. Tex.).
  • Assisted drafting of brief in opposition to plaintiff’s motion to remand, arguing that federal district court should reject sham conveyances designed to defeat diversity jurisdiction.  Mon Mitchell, Inc. v. Mobil Exploration & Producing North America, Inc., et al., No. 6:18-CV-01188 (W.D. La.).
  • Assisted drafting of responses and objections to bankruptcy court’s report and recommendation, arguing that bankruptcy court erred in failing to recommend that district court did not have personal jurisdiction over client, that venue was improper, and that claims for breach of the fiduciary duties of loyalty and care be dismissed for failure to state claim.  H. Kenneth Lefoldt, Jr., as Trustee of the Whistler Energy II, LLC Litigation Trust v. Scott A. Frankel, No. 18-5303 (E.D. La.).
  • Co-authored petition in state court on behalf of churches, arguing that city’s discriminatory water rate violated Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Magnolia Bible Church et al. v. City of Magnolia, No. 19-05-06606 (284th Tex. Dist. Ct.).

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
    • Dean’s Achievement Award for Highest Performance in Constitutional Law II
    • Research Assistant for Professor Lucas A. Powe, Jr.
    • Teaching Assistant for UT undergraduate course “The Modern Supreme Court”
    • Gardere Mock Trial Competition Champion
    • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A. Management, summa cum laude

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

ACTIVITIES

  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Advocates of the Children’s Assessment Center, Member, Houston, TX, Oct. 2019 – Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Couple, Houston, TX, July 2019 – Present

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Co-authored petition for writ of certiorari to United States Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono client seeking review of Federal Fifth Circuit’s judgment in immigration matter.  Pierre-Paul v. Barr, No. 19-779.
  • Assisted with drafting of petition for writ of certiorari to United States Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono client, British dual-citizen, facing death penalty in Texas.  Carty v. Texas, No. 18-50.
  • Co-authored to Federal Fifth Circuit successful motion for stay of deportation and initial merits and reply briefs on behalf of Honduran pro bono client seeking immigration relief under the Convention Against Torture.  Tabora Gutierrez v. Barr, No. 19-60408.
  • Assisted drafting of response brief to Federal Fifth Circuit concerning issue of whether water district’s electoral scheme violates one-person, one-vote requirement of Equal Protection Clause.  LULAC v. EAA, 937 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 2019).
  • Assisted drafting of amici brief to Federal Ninth Circuit on behalf of tort law professors, contending that public-nuisance doctrine is not equipped to address global warming issues.  City of Oakland v. BP, No. 18-16663.
  • Assisted drafting of objections to class action securities settlement in Delaware Chancery Court, contending that defendants had a constitutional right to opt out of a class action settlement solely for monetary damages.  In re Calamos Asset Mgmt. Inc., Cons. C.A. No. 2017-0058-JTL/2017-0139-JTL (Del. Ch.).
  • Assisted drafting of response brief before California appellate court in regulatory environmental dispute.Stop Syar Expansion et al. v. Syar Industries Inc., No. A155669 (Cal. App. 1st).
  • Assisted drafting of opposition brief in California state court in regulatory environmental dispute.Stop Syar Expansion v. County of Napa, No. 16-CV-001070 (Cal. Superior Ct. – Napa Cty.).
  • Co-authored motion to dismiss on behalf of client in Digital Millennium Copyright Act dispute.  Design Tech Homes, Ltd. v. RVision Homes, et al., No. 4:18-cv-04268 (S.D. Tex.).
  • Assisted drafting of motions for judgment as a matter of law, new trial, and supersedeas bond on behalf of client in Digital Millennium Copyright Act dispute.  Preston Wood & Associates, LLC v. RZ Enterprises, et al., No. 4:16-cv-01427 (S.D. Tex.).
  • Assisted drafting of brief in opposition to plaintiff’s motion to remand, arguing that federal district court should reject sham conveyances designed to defeat diversity jurisdiction.  Mon Mitchell, Inc. v. Mobil Exploration & Producing North America, Inc., et al., No. 6:18-CV-01188 (W.D. La.).
  • Assisted drafting of responses and objections to bankruptcy court’s report and recommendation, arguing that bankruptcy court erred in failing to recommend that district court did not have personal jurisdiction over client, that venue was improper, and that claims for breach of the fiduciary duties of loyalty and care be dismissed for failure to state claim.  H. Kenneth Lefoldt, Jr., as Trustee of the Whistler Energy II, LLC Litigation Trust v. Scott A. Frankel, No. 18-5303 (E.D. La.).
  • Co-authored petition in state court on behalf of churches, arguing that city’s discriminatory water rate violated Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Magnolia Bible Church et al. v. City of Magnolia, No. 19-05-06606 (284th Tex. Dist. Ct.).
EDUCATION
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
    • Dean’s Achievement Award for Highest Performance in Constitutional Law II
    • Research Assistant for Professor Lucas A. Powe, Jr.
    • Teaching Assistant for UT undergraduate course “The Modern Supreme Court”
    • Gardere Mock Trial Competition Champion
    • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A. Management, summa cum laude
ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
ACTIVITIES
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Advocates of the Children’s Assessment Center, Member, Houston, TX, Oct. 2019 – Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Couple, Houston, TX, July 2019 – Present

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