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Elizabeth M. Hernandez

Partner 
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Elizabeth Hernandez is an experienced trial attorney representing clients in commercial and civil litigation matters as well as administrative trials. Elizabeth is board certified by The Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government. A large focus of her practice includes all aspects of local government law, including contract disputes, land use and zoning, elections, ethics as well as Florida Constitutional Law. She previously served as Chief Legal Officer for the City of Coral Gables for 16 years, handling all types of matters and overseeing the risk management and insurance needs of the City. In this capacity, she also served as the City's Chief Prosecutor on all Code Enforcement matters and trained other agencies on enforcement of their codes. Elizabeth was also instrumental in drafting legislation in enforcing municipal codes and has been a key speaker on enforcement matters. In addition to handling a variety of cases in house, she worked with co-counsel on multiple complex litigation and commercial real estate matters for the city. Elizabeth re-wrote the city's codes and charter. She served on the County Charter Task Force and Chaired the Miami Dade County Ethics Commission Task Force. During her tenure as City Attorney, she earned the distinction of City Attorney of the Year by the Florida League of Cities in 2005.

Elizabeth has been recognized among the top government attorneys by both South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend magazine. She is also the recipient of the Torch award, Florida International University's top alumni award, and the Paul S. Buchman award, the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association's highest honor.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2017-2018, Listed in Florida for Litigation - Real Estate
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-2017, Listed in Florida for Civil Litigation: Defense, 2006-2013, Listed in Florida for Government/Cities/Municipalities, Land Use/Zoning, and First Amendment/Media/Advertising
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2011-2012, 2014, Listed for Government & Administrative
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2004-2010, Listed as one of "The State's Top Government Attorneys"
 
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South Florida Legal Guide's Top Lawyer 2004-2011, Listed as a "Top Government Attorney"
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009, Listed in Florida as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers"
 
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Florida Municipal Attorneys Association 2010, Paul S. Buchman Award
 
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Florida League of Cities 2005, City Attorney of the Year
 
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Florida International University 2010, The Torch Award
 
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Daily Business Review 2008, Most Effective Lawyer Award in Lobbying
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated - Preeminent
 
Published Works & Lectures
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The Miami-Dade County League of Cities' 4th Annual Best Practices Conference & Exhibition, Speaker, "Public Records in a Technology and Social Media Age," October 2014
 
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Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, 35th Annual Seminar, Speaker, July 28-30, 2016
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, City, County, and Local Government Law Section, Executive Council Member, 1998-Present; Past Chair, 2007-2008
 
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Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Executive Council Member; Past President, 2008
 
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Cuban American Bar Association, Past President and Board Member, 2007
 
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South Miami Hospital, Past Board Member, 1995-2011
 
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Miami-Dade County Charter Review Task Force, Past Member
 
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Children's Home Society, Board Chair, 2011-2014
 
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11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Board Member; Board Secretary; Chair-Elect; HistoryMiami, Chair, 2011
 
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Legal Legends, Chair, 2011
 
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Miami-Dade County Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability Task Force, Past Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee, 2008-2009
 
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National Association of Women Judges, 2012 Conference, Friends Committee, Chair
 
Other Languages
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Spanish
 

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Elizabeth M. Hernandez

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1983
B.A., Florida International University, 1980; Economics
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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