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Samuel Hernandez

Sam Hernandez focuses his practice on employment law and complex commercial litigation. He handles all aspects of litigation including mediations, mandatory arbitrations, motions, hearings, and trials in both state and federal courts. Sam defends employers faced with wage and hour, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, whistleblower, and misappropriation of trade secret claims. He also helps companies resolve their business disputes with competitors, clients, vendors, and property owners in breach of contract, trespass to real property, and breach of restrictive covenant claims. Sam has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and as a “Rising Litigator” by the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Sam was an associate at another Portland, OR law firm. He represented employers and management in the defense of lawsuits or administrative complaints filed by current or former employees for allegations including harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. He also provided employment advice and training related to practice, policies, and legal issues, in both Spanish and English, to companies of all sizes.

  • Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” in Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment Law – Management (2021)
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment & Labor (2017 - 2019)
  • Oregon State Bar Litigation Section: Rising Litigator Award (2014)
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Award (2014)
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Bronze Star Medal (2007)
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Combat Infantry Badge (2007)
  • Oregon Army National Guard: Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2007, 2015)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Region XVI President (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA), September 2018 - present
  • Judge, Portland Techstars Startup Weekend Latino 2017
  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
    • Immediate Past President, February 2018 - February 2019
    • President, March 2017 - February 2018 
    • Co-president, October 2015 - February 2017
    • Board Member, September 2010 - November 2015
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
    • Board Member, January 2012 - July 2018
  • Classroom Law Project
    • Board Member, December 2015 - January 2017
  • Beaverton Education Foundation
    • Board Member, March 2012 - February 2014
  • Presenter, “Top 10 Laws for Oregon Employers,” LatinoBuilt, an Association for Latino Contractors in Oregon (August 2019)
  • Speaker, “Privacy in the Workplace,” private client seminar (June 2018)
  • Speaker, “Trending Employment Issues,” Oregon Employer Council - Washington County Chapter (March 2018)
  • Panelist, “Discussion on the Legal Needs of Veterans in Oregon,” Oregon Women Lawyers Monthly Luncheon Speaker Series (November 2017)
  • Speaker on I-9 Compliance, “Employer Know Your Rights,” Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic (2017)
  • Presenter, Barran Liebman’s Annual Employment Law Seminar (2016)
  • Founder/Organizer/Presenter, Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar (2013, 2015, 2016)
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Opinion: 6 bills that could change the way Oregon employers run their offices,” Portland Business Journal, April 2021
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