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Juan B. Hernandez grew up in the small town of Boling, Texas. He is from a family of four brothers and four sisters. Although not the oldest, he is the only member of his family to graduate from college and law school. He graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Legal Studies. Afterwards, he attended Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi where he excelled in his legal studies and school-related activities.
While in law school, Juan gained valuable experience working as a bankruptcy paralegal for a law firm in San Marcos, Texas. As a bankruptcy paralegal, Juan loved and enjoyed helping individuals who needed a new start in life as he understood times could be financially hard. This is where he developed a passion for helping others. Juan showed compassion and understood that individuals faced financial challenges that were beyond their control.
During law school, Juan completed an externship with the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi where he researched relevant bankruptcy legal issues. He also attended court hearings and gained valuable insight from behind the Judge’s chambers. Juan also participated in the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition during the last two years in law school. This competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.
Upon graduation, he took and passed the Mississippi Bar Examination in July 2014. He became licensed in Mississippi State and Federal Courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Juan worked for one of Mississippi’s largest and most respected law firms, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC where he represented employers’ interest in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters. He also represented employers’ interest in workers’ compensation matters.
In February 2015, Juan took and passed the Texas Bar Examination. Upon passing the Texas Bar Examination, Juan wanted to return back to his home roots of Texas to be closer to his family. In August 2015, Juan left Mississippi and returned back to Texas to work with the premier global law firm, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., at their San Antonio location. He focused on employment litigation matters, including cases alleging discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal and state laws. He also represented employers in workers’ compensation retaliation and wage-related cases.
While in Mississippi, Juan met his husband, Andrew. Andrew is a licensed professional counselor and works with children in the mental health profession. They currently have two forever dogs, Bear and Riley. Juan and Andrew love playing tennis and enjoying nature.
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Juris Doctor, Mississippi College School of Law (2014), magna cum laude
- Associate Editor, Law Review
- Best Paper Award: Legal Writing II, Evidence, Consumer Bankruptcy, Appellate Advocacy, Labor Law & Trial Practice
- External Appellate Competition Chair, Moot Court Board
- Champion, 2014 Elliot Cup Bankruptcy Competition
- Best Overall Oralist, 2014 Elliot Cup Bankruptcy Competition
- National Semifinalist, 2013 Duberstein Moot Court Competition
Master of Art, Legal Studies, Texas State University – San Marcos (2011)
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Texas State University – San Marcos (2009)
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Western District of Texas
- Southern District of Texas
- Southern District of Mississippi
- Northern District of Mississippi
- Texas State Court
- Mississippi State Court
Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2014
- American Bar Association
- San Antonio Bar Association
- San Antonio Human Resource Management Association
- San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
- San Antonio Young Professionals Association
- San Antonio LGBT Bar Association
- San Antonio Employment Lawyers Association
- ARAG Proud Member, 2017 – present