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H. Manuel Hernández

Criminal defense and Personal Injury lawyer

H. Manuel Hernández has been a lawyer for over 30 years, 23 of which has been as a criminal defense lawyer. He is dual board certified by The Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law and Criminal Appellate Law, and is also Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate. Mr. Hernández is a bilingual certified criminal defense lawyer and certified criminal appeals attorney in Florida with excellent credentials. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating bestowed on attorneys by this venerable and renowned legal bibliographer. An AV Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence, has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Mr. Hernández’ practice is 95% dedicated to Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeals and involves all aspects of litigation, including criminal trials, appellate litigation, civil litigation,  and administrative proceedings.

For over 30 years, Mr. Hernández has represented individuals and corporations in major federal and state white collar investigations, prosecutions, forfeitures and appeals. He has handled all types of criminal defense litigation in state and federal courts, from DUI cases to cases where clients have been charged with first degree capital murder, vehicular homicide, federal and state drug trafficking, bank fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, telemarketing fraud, and money laundering. He has represented civil litigants in cases involving such diverse areas as civil RICO, civil fraud, quiet title matters and specific performance of real estate contracts.

Mr. Hernández served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle Districts of Florida, Puerto Rico and Colorado. As a result of his many years with the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor and his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Hernández also represents many clients in federal and state forfeiture cases, administrative proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal regulatory agencies, and state administrative agencies such as the Florida Bar and the Board of Medical Licensing.

Mr. Hernández also has an of counsel* relationship with the law firm of Almeida & Dávila, PSC located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Hernández ONLY handles Federal Criminal Cases  in the District of Puerto Rico and Federal Criminal Appeals in the 1st and 11th Circuit Courts.

*An attorney who is not actively involved in the day-to-day work of a law firm, but may be available in particular matters or for consultation.

History and evolution of the firm

Mr. Hernández also represents many litigants in federal and state forfeiture cases, administrative proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal regulatory agencies, and state administrative licensing proceedings.


Juris Doctor Degree – August, 1979, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, August 1976, Magna Cum Laude, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado

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