Practice Areas

Complex Litigation

Business, Commercial & Tort Law

The trial lawyers at Hernandez Lee Martinez represent corporations and individuals in commercial and contract disputes before federal and state courts, and arbitration panels throughout the United States. We have been counsel to clients in matters involving business and shareholder disputes, as well as securities, banking, employment, and trademark litigation. We have represented officers and directors of both large and small corporations in a variety of cases involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and corporate malfeasance. In addition to representing businesses in contract breaches/business disputes, the firm defends businesses from allegations of torts, including fraud, premises liability, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Federal Government Regulatory Enforcement Practice

White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Enforcement

In today’s complex legal and regulatory environment, companies increasingly find themselves in the posture of simultaneously defending themselves against the investigations and inquiries of multiple federal and state government agencies and parties. Having worked at the Department of Justice and a “Big Four” accounting firm, the lawyers at Hernandez Lee Martinez understand the complexities of these criminal and quasi-criminal federal and state investigations and parallel proceedings, and are well-suited to develop and coordinate the defense in these matters. The firm represents both corporations and individuals in all aspects of criminal and quasi-criminal investigations, including internal corporate compliance, investigations by government civil regulators, criminal grand jury investigations, and the pre-trial and trial phase of litigation. The firm knows how to respond to allegations of money laundering, health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), deceptive trade practices, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), securities fraud, bank and mortgage fraud, antitrust, tax fraud, and environmental violations.

Labor & Employment Matters

Hernandez Lee Martinez represents businesses and individuals in labor and employment matters. The firm’s attorneys have significant experience in advising clients on employment policies and litigating a variety of employment disputes concerning sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, age, speech, and sexual orientation, overtime and minimum wage compensation claims, family and disability benefits, employee protections including medical leave, labor disputes regarding personnel discipline, suspensions, and terminations in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, and unfair labor practice charges. The firm’s attorneys stay abreast of the law related to the First Amendment, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and state and local employment laws. The firm also prepares employment manuals and policies that comply with the state and federal rules and protect the rights of both employers and employees. In addition, the firm’s attorneys draft agreements related to executive employees and separation from employment. Such employment agreements address incentive compensation, confidentiality, non-competition, and waiver of the right to sue, among other issues.

State and Municipal Government Practice

The attorneys at Hernandez Lee Martinez have worked extensively on civil litigation, as well as regulatory and transactional matters related to municipal/local government law. We handle legal matters involving the federal and Florida constitution, municipal charters, state and local taxation and fees, eminent domain, platting, zoning, land use and the environment, national, state, and local elections, public finance, construction, civil rights, sovereign immunity, and torts, telecommunications/broadband, labor and employment, the Public Health Trust, community redevelopment agencies (“CRAs”), government contracts and bid protests, public private partnerships, public transportation, and ethics, among many other legal issues.

Appellate Practice

The attorneys of Hernandez Lee Martinez have argued and briefed cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Florida District Courts of Appeal. The firm handles appeals on behalf of individuals, businesses, and other law firms. These appeals involve business disputes, government regulation and compliance, products liability, employment discrimination, constitutional and civil rights, tax, and criminal law and procedure, among other areas of law.

  • Representative Appeals

    Brown v. United States, 488 Fed. Appx. 411 (11th Cir. 2012)
    United States v. Kalu, 485 Fed. Appx. 366 (11th Cir. 2012)
    Garcia v. United States, 456 Fed. Appx. 804 (11th Cir. 2012)
    United States v. Merchan, 466 Fed. Appx. 160 (11th Cir. 2011)
    United States v. Boffil-Rivera, 607 F.3d 736 (11th Cir. 2010)
    United States v. Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 360 Fed. Appx. 14 (11th Cir. 2010)
    United States v. Morely, 353 Fed. Appx. 256 (11th Cir. 2009)
    United States v. Smith, 568 F.3d 923 (11th Cir. 2009)
    United States v. Louisgeste, 392 Fed. Appx. 833 (11th Cir. 2010)
    Bircoll v. Miami-Dade County, 480 F.3d 1072 (11th Cir. 2007)
    United States v. Levy, 849 F. Supp. 2d 1353 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
    Braman v. Miami-Dade County, 18 So. 2d 1259 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
    Yorty v. Abreau, 988 So. 2d 1155 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
    Black v. Jacobs, 974 So. 2d 1172 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
    Miller v. Miami-Dade County, 959 So. 2d 379 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
    Hidden Bay v. Miami-Dade County, 938 So. 2d 599 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)
    Yorty v. Realty Investment, 938 So. 2d 1 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)
    Humer v. Miami-Dade County, 914 So. 2d 970 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005)
    Safie v. Safie, 875 So. 2d 658 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)