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My brother, Evan Hernandez, has just left for a year to teach English in Japan. We wish him luck on all of his future endeavours!
My Roundabout Journey to the Law
Congratulations, you’ve just received the very first edition of our firm’s monthly newsletter! We are excited to bring you helpful legal advice, delicious recipes, and more in coming issues. As for myself, I look forward to getting to know my clients better, using this newsletter as a vehicle to start a dialogue between us. People who come to me for assistance are placing a significant amount of trust in me as a trial lawyer. You deserve to know who I am, where I come from, and most of all, what keeps me driven. To put it another way, I don’t want to be a stranger to you. With this first printing, it feels natural to start from the beginning. What drove me to practice law? How did I end up where I am today? Reflecting on my 20- plus years as an attorney, it’s hard to imagine there was a time when going to law school was the last thing I wanted to do. You see, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by the legal world. Before becoming a judge, my father was an attorney, and my mother worked as his paralegal. The two were an incredible team who cared deeply about their clients — some of my earliest memories are of my parents talking about the details of a case and the well-being of the person they were representing. Growing up in this kind of environment did my sister and me a lot of good. We had two incredible role models showing us that you can support a family through helping others.
granted. By the time I was a young man going to college, I was sure of two things: I wanted to have a job that made a difference in people’s lives, and I didn’t want to be a lawyer. As much as I had been raised to help folks, I was determined to not walk in my father’s footsteps. I wanted to be my own man and find my own path forward. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in economics, I went to work at an investment firm. It seemed like a good fit; I could use my knowledge to help people make smart financial decisions and secure their future. But the experience felt lacking. Advising people on portfolios and asset management wasn’t the same as fighting for their rights. I didn’t feel as invested in the work I was doing, and the job felt hollow. As I became a little older and a little wiser, I finally admitted the truth: I wanted to make a difference for people just as my parents had. So I went to law
school, passed the Texas bar, and eventually founded my own firm. The 20 years since going down this path has always had ups and downs, but being where I am now, with a tight-knit firm full of friends and family who have my back, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. With my wife, Roxanna, being our firm’s prelitigation case manager, my story has really come full circle. Now we’re the ones bringing work home with us, talking about case details and the well-being of our clients around the dinner table. Our oldest son just graduated high school and is asking himself a lot of questions about what he wants to do with his life. As someone who went through the exact same thing, I’ll be the last person to pressure him. Finding the right path for yourself takes time, regardless of who walked it before you.
But growing up around influences, no matter how wonderful, also means you can take them for
Thanks for being a part of this journey with me,
Alex R. Hernandez, Jr.
As I became a little older and a little wiser, I finally admitted the truth: I wanted to make a difference for people just as my parents had.
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