Christine Hernandez Interviewed by American University’s Alumni Magazine in Article Titled, “In Their Defense”
Litigation has always been for the nimble, but effective immigration lawyering today requires people like Christine Hernández, partner at the Denver firm that bears her name and president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), to be downright acrobatic.
Federal policies implemented at warp speed can fundamentally change the law, sparking courtroom chaos. “It changes daily,” Hernández says. “You read the news and you’re like, ‘OK, what did the attorney general do today?’ It’s pretty exhausting to keep up with, but you have to. As soon as a new case comes out, the judges are going to hit you with it the next morning.”
Often juggling a caseload in the hundreds, Hernández and Associates, PC, specializes in crimmigration: removal defense cases in which the defendant faces both criminal and immigration charges. Hernández handles the immigration side, her husband, Arnulfo, manages criminal defense, and their 12-year-old firm’s 10 staff attorneys are split evenly by specialty. “We’ve been successful because we work hard and we understand our clientele,” Hernández says. “We’re also bilingual, and we want to do right by our community.”