HERNANDEZ &
ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM

CHRISTINE HERNANDEZ

  • Owner

CONTACT ME:

(251) 479-1477

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Appellate Issues in both Federal and State Court for Civil and Criminal Matters
  • Federal Crimes
  • CARES Act Fraud
  • Criminal Law (Federal and State cases)
    • No case too big or too small
    • Capital Murder Death cases, Murder/ Manslaughter, Rape, Robbery, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Trafficking and manufacturing drugs, Possession, Theft, DUI, Harassment and Assault cases, traffic tickets and ordinance violations
    • Mental health issues and substance abuse issues
  • Personal injury and automobile accident cases
  • Civil Rights and Discrimination Cases
  • Educational Law involving students with special needs, IEP’s, and Special Services
  • Educational Law involving student injuries
  • Educational Employment issues for teachers/administrators involving civil and/or criminal matters
  • Family Law—Legal Separation/Divorce/Custody/Adoption/Grandparent visitation/Guardianship/PFA’s, Restraining Orders and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders involving retirement accounts
  • Juvenile Rights—Criminal and Civil issues including but not limited to truancy, child abuse, emancipation, criminal matters, competency, and custody
  • Mediation
  • Probate Matters
    • Estate Planning (Wills/Trusts/Power of Attorney)
    • Guardianship and Conservatorship
    • Civil Commitments and mental health issues
    • Adoption

BIOGRAPHY

Christine graduated from Troy State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sports Medicine. She moved to Mobile, as a graduate student and obtained her Master’s Degree in Education and Educational Leadership while working as an Athletic Trainer and teaching in the Education Department at the University of South Alabama and in the public school system in South Alabama. Christine worked as a teacher in the Parochial School System, the Mobile County Public School System, and at the University Level. Christine earned honors in the field of education being awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year and the first Nationally Board Certified K-12 teacher in Alabama. She was a frequent speaker for educational seminars across the state.  In 2006 Christine graduated from Law School and was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 2007. With a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, she opened her own law practice in 2008 and the practice has grown over the years. Christine has offered argument in local and state courts across Alabama, in Federal Courts in the South East, Appellate Courts in both State and Federal Divisions and has been successful with the United States Supreme Court in Searcy v. Strange, the Alabama Marriage Equality Case.  Christine is no stranger to controversy arguing the Constitutional Rights of her clients, handling Capital Murder defense and appeals, arguing under appellate review wrongful convictions in criminal cases and for compassionate release from prison. Christine has also been known to argue for judicial reform and against Judge’s that abuse their power and influence across the state. She has frequently argued for the rights of juveniles and for juvenile probation reform in the southern counties of Alabama. In the area of education, Christine has been an advocate for the rights of special education students, championing the fight against bullying and discrimination in schools, and protecting the employment rights of teachers and administrators against school systems. Drawing from her years of teaching and coaching experience, Christine has worked hard to level the playing field and strives to educate her clients and equalize justice for those clients the Hernandez and Associations Law Firm represents.

The Hernandez and Associates Law Firm located at the Mid-Towne Works Building at the Loop on Airport Blvd offers in-person, Zoom, teleconferencing, Face Time and Skype for initial consultations and client meetings. We have a full staff working collectively on your cases. Christine personally understands how difficult, stressful, and even frightening the legal system can be, particularly if you are a litigant and this is your first encounter with the legal system. This firm was built from the ground up where the legal team has provided determined representation on difficult and challenging issues. Christine and the other attorneys in the law firm work hard for their success and reputation as a legal team that fights for your rights.

Christine Hernandez is registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. If you are seeking the assistance of a mediator to resolve your litigation matters, you may hire a mediator, Christine Hernandez is registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster and has experience in assisting opposing parties settle their legal disputes outside of the court house. With the COVID court house shutdowns litigation has been falling in line case by case the impasse to getting your day in court for civil cases has grown. Litigation is becoming more and more time consuming, expensive, and the outcomes are often uncertain for the litigants. With limited trial dates, the likelihood of a quick resolution in the court room is slim. Sometimes disagreements arise in business or between parties in transactional matters. Here no one wants to completely sever all business ties. Where your preference is to reconcile the differences while resolving the dispute in an amicable manner; consider mediation.

Whether your needs are an amicable or not, mediation, is a less formal manner to achieving resolution. The setting is more comfortable, as the parties can enter into negotiation, with the assistance of an experienced mediator. Parties can bridge impasses, and reach a less costly resolution in a more timely manner. So if you need to resolve your case in a more timely manner than you have been able to through litigation; mediation may be right for you. Consider contact the office to schedule mediation. All parties must consent to participate in mediation; and all parties must be present or appear by video conferencing for the mediation process to be successful.

Christine returns to Thomas Goode Jones School of Law as a guest lecturer in the areas of Constitutional and Family Law from time to time and has served as mentor to many interns over the years. Christine has also traveled to numerous locations to lecture at continuing education seminars over the span of her career as she is a firm believer in giving back to the community. In addition, to work, Christine coached for nearly 30 years in a number of team and individual sports. Christine freely gives her time, knowledge and experience to younger lawyers and has mentored several attorneys over the years. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her spouse, children and the five family dogs.

EDUCATION

  • Faulkner University, Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama
    • J.D. – 2007
  • Troy University
    • B.S. – 1990
    • Major: Education and Athletic Training
  • University of South Alabama, Alabama
    • M.S.
    • Honors: Graduate Assistantship and Assistant Athletic Trainer, 1991
    • Major: Education and Exercise Physiology, 1991
  • University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama
    • Education Certification – 1992

HONORS

  • Mobile County Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2000
  • First National Board Certified Teacher
  • Attorney of the Year Domestic Relations/Family Law in Alabama, 2015
  • Lawyers with Distinction, 2015 to present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys: 10 Best Female Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • World Wide Registry: Honored Member, 2015-2016

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Alabama, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2020

CLASSES & SEMINARS

  • University of Mobile, Lecturer
  • Parochial School, Teacher
  • Mobile County Public School System, Teacher
  • HPERD Speaker
  • Constitutional Law Seminar, Jones School of Law-Shirley Howell, 2017 to Present
  • Guest speaker for LGBTQ organizations locally and nationally

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Searcy v. Strange, 135 S.Ct. 940, 2015, US Supreme Court

PRO-BONO ACTIVITIES

  • Public Legal Services Volunteer, 2014 to Present

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • AL Criminal Defense Lawyers Lawyer Association, Member, 2018 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2014 to Present
  • Mobile & Baldwin County Bar Assoc. , Member, 2007 to Present
  • Registered Mediator with State of Alabama , Civil Litigation Mediation, Domestic/Family Law Mediation, Educational law Mediation
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Board Member, 2017 to 2019
  • Public Legal Service Volunteer , 2015 to Present
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