Navas, Rodríguez & Hernández is a minority and women owned, AV-rated, law firm, certified as a MBE by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, created close to a decade ago to provide unparalleled personalized services to our clients, while rendering reliable, objective, and thorough advice that will aide each client in fulfilling its personal and institutional objectives. We boast an excellent group of professionals with diverse backgrounds and areas of practice and currently represent several Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. The law firm places an emphasis in providing its clients with preventive counseling to avert reaching decisions which could develop into costly litigation. In the eventuality that a litigation does take place, the firm provides its clients with experienced trial lawyers, who have excellent track records before the American Arbitration Association, the Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States of America as well as local and federal agencies
Attorney Gerardo J. Hernández, has a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, where he was a Judge Noel P. Fox Scholar and Executive Editor of the Law School’s Sports Law Journal. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Sciences with a major in Political Science from Marquette University where he was a National Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient and member of the College of Arts & Science’s Dean’s List, as well as the National Dean’s List.
Mr. Hernández is admitted to practice law before the Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the State of Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for the District of Puerto Rico and Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits. Mr. Hernández is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association (inactive).
Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Hernández was a Member of Estrella, LLC where he headed the firm’s Employment Law practice. He is also a past Corporate Counsel and Human Resources Director for Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc.
Mr. Hernández specializes in the defense of discrimination, harassment, unjust dismissal, and wage and hour claims and litigation. He is also experienced in performing and coordinating independent workplace investigations of sexual harassment claims for clients and has assisted clients in creating, updating and adapting their labor manuals and policies to be compliant with Puerto Rico laws. He also routinely provides counseling in the daily management of human resources related matters for the firm’s clients, and offers seminars to clients and other institutions. Mr. Hernández has also been engaged in managing the employment law aspects of several mergers and acquisitions, as well as business restructuring in energy and retail industries, among others.
Some of his key achievements include: – Served as lead counsel in the successful defense of a major stateside retailer in one of the first same-sex sexual harassment lawsuits tried in state court in Puerto Rico. The judgment of dismissal was affirmed by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. – Served as lead counsel in the successful defense of a major stateside retailer in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court pertaining to the availability of the insured employer doctrine in a workplace brawl. – Served as lead counsel in the defense of hundreds of discrimination charges before the EEOC and its Puerto Rico counterpart without ever having an adverse probable cause finding in over 20 years of practice. – Successfully represented local and stateside employers in hundreds of wrongful dismissal, retaliation and discrimination matters. – Served as local counsel for several stateside employers making their entry into the Puerto Rico market and assisting them in the development of policies and procedures compliant with local law. – Served as local counsel on employment matters for the seller of an ongoing interest in the oil industry.
Mr. Hernández’s achievements have been recognized by leading publications in our market, including, being selected as one of Caribbean Business’ “40 under 40” in 2005, being honored by the Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for being selected among the 5th class of Caribbean Business’ “40 under 40.” He was also featured in Caribbean Business’ Today Young Executives in August, 2004 and has been the recipient of Martindale Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award in 2013 and 2015 for holding a 5.0 rating by clients on quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability.
Mr. Hernández is also a charter Board Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Enactus Puerto Rico, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting socially responsible entrepreneurship among college and university students.
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Succesfully defended several Arbitration Petitions for wrongful termination, retaliation and age discrimination on behalf of a Fortune 1000 rent to own retailer with no payout to claimants.
Obtained dismissal of disability discrimination and retaliation case against commonwealth of Puerto Rico and operator of correctional health case facility by summary judgment. The judgment was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Obtained defense judgment in one of the first same-sex sexual harassment cases in Puerto Rico for Fortune 500 Retailer.
Handled the defense of over 200 charges of discrimination before the EEOC and its local counterpart with not a single probable cause finding against the employers.
Obtained numerous defense judgments in premises liability lawsuits for several Fortune 500 retailers in the Island.
Cortes-Rivera v. Department of Corrections, 626 F. 3rd 211 (1st Cir. 2010)
Velez-Ramirez v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et als., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11729.
Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico