Román D. Hernández - K&L Gates

Román D. Hernández

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Román Hernández is a partner in the Portland office of K&L Gates and is a member of the labor, employment and workplace safety practice group. He has particular experience in the defense of employers against claims filed by former, current, and prospective employees for allegations of discrimination, harassment, constructive discharge, wrongful discharge, and for alleged wage and hour violations in both state and federal courts, including class action litigation. He provides general employment and labor advice to employers of all sizes related to employment policies, practices, and labor issues. Additionally, Mr. Hernández has an extensive commercial litigation practice and regularly represents clients in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. Mr. Hernández represents clients in a variety of industries including retail, telecommunications, agribusiness, health and hygiene, and software development.

Professional Background

Mr. Hernández was previously a partner at another Portland law firm where he focused his practice on employment law, labor law, and business litigation. He was also involved in international business matters and conducted cross-border contract negotiations on behalf of firm clients.

Prior to law school, Mr. Hernández served in the United States Air Force for nearly five years where he attained the rank of Captain, and was subsequently honorably discharged.     

Speaking Engagements

  • “Leadership Skills for Lawyers,” Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2015.

  • “Legal Writing: Elevator to Success or Nearest Pitfall. Where do you Stand?,” HNBA Annual Convention, August 2014.

  • “Saying Good-bye is Hard to Do: Challenges of Employment Termination,” HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2014.  

Oregon State UniversityBS Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of LawJ.D.
Hispanic National Bar AssociationThe HNBA Legal Education FundFederal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Office Location

One Southwest Columbia Street, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97258
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management