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Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

Strategic Legal Solutions for Visionary Clients

Don Hernandez

Partner
Los Angeles

Don Hernandez, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca’s Head of Litigation, focuses on complex commercial litigation, with emphasis on intellectual property, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and class action matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict before federal and state court juries, successfully appeared numerous times before arbitral forums and appellate courts, and consistently achieved favorable resolutions for his clients at every stage of the litigation process.

Mr. Hernandez has first-chaired some twenty patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. His intellectual property experience includes Markman hearings and successful trial defenses. His intellectual property experience also includes evaluating and drafting license, fair use and royalty arrangements. He has also represented employers in numerous trade secret cases before the California courts, and boasts an unblemished record with respect to trade secret injunctions sought by or against his clients.

His healthcare and pharmaceutical litigation experience includes numerous jury trials, arbitrations and appeals. His expertise includes product liability, the Knox-Keene Act, healthcare contracting, and claims handling statutes and procedures throughout California.

Mr. Hernandez has substantial experience representing class action defendants in federal and state court. He recently obtained a defense verdict with respect to a class action trafficking claim brought against his client in federal court in Los Angeles. He has successfully represented employers in class action litigation brought for alleged meal period, rest period and overtime violations.

Mr. Hernandez has represented business clients in the areas of shareholder, directors’ and officers’ litigation, insurance coverage analysis, and wrongful termination.

He has also handled several legal malpractice cases at all stages of litigation, from filling through and including trial. His expertise includes the duty of care as it applies to litigation attorneys and the duty of loyalty arising from the attorney-client relationship, along with its constituent parts. He has worked with and deposed numerous expert witnesses in these areas.

Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, Mr. Hernandez practiced at Fried Frank and White & Case.

Mr. Hernandez volunteers as a settlement officer of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Co-Chair, American Bar Association Health Law Litigation Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Lawyer Representatives for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member, Central District’s Attorney Admissions Fund Committee
  • President, Harvard Club of Southern California (1995 - 1998)
  • Regional Director , Harvard Alumni Association (2000 – 2003)

Education

Stanford Law School
J.D., 1986

Harvard University
A.B., 1983, cum laude
Major: Government

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals – 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court – Northern District of CA
U.S. District Court – Southern District of CA
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of CA
U.S. District Court – Central District of CA