Armando G. Hernandez
Armando G. Hernandez, Esq., is a 2010 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law. He is a civil litigator at the Miami office of Rumberger, Kirk, & Caldwell, P.A. The firm has offices in Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Birmingham. Armando specializes in product liability and admiralty law while also practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, premises liability, trucking litigation, fleet and casualty defense, and professional liability. He has been with the firm since interning as a summer associate through on-campus interviews (OCI). As part of his work, he interacts with industry experts, biomechanics, accident reconstruction experts, naval architects, engineers, and high-ranking members of the United States Coast Guard to obtain favorable results for his clients. He has gained invaluable experience trying cases in state and federal courts all across the country. He has also worked on several appellate matters in state and federal courts nationwide. He is currently working on an appeal representing a ladder manufacturer before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also successfully argued a pro bono appeal before Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal as a Special Assistant Public Defender. See State v. D.F., 92 So. 3d 216 (2011). He was recently named one of Florida Legal Elite’s Up and Comers (2014), which involves peer nomination and represents the top 2% of attorneys in Florida. He is currently a member of the inaugural Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Local Professionalism Panel.
While in law school, Armando was the executive editor of the Law Review, executive member of the Moot Court Board, an ALI for Civil Procedure, ALI of the Year (2009), a member of the Peter T. Fay Inns of Courts, recipient of the Judge Henry-Leyte Vidal Scholarship for oral advocacy and Outstanding Writing Competition Scholarship, a Dean’s Merit Scholar, Best Oralist and Finalist in the Moot Court Intramural Competition, and a member of the 2009-2010 Appellate Litigation Clinic under Howard Blumberg. One of his fondest memories of law school was competing and placing as a semi-finalist in the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (“Gibbons”) at Seton Hall in his home state of New Jersey. He recalls the team being a low seed entering into the second day of the competition and going against Florida State University who had won best brief and had a competitor on the Fourth Amendment issue that had won best oralist in the preliminary rounds. Armando, along with his teammates, eliminated Florida State and advanced to become semi-finalists. At the time, it was the deepest STU’s Moot Court Team had ever advanced in a national competition of that caliber. It was also a historic and whirlwind year for the Moot Court Team with Professor Blumberg recently taking over as advisor. It was a great sense of pride for the law school, the Moot Court Team, and him personally. Armando is now the alumni coach for Gibbons. He nicknamed Professor Blumberg “El Verdad.” The nickname is self-explanatory. He attributes a great deal of his success as a civil litigator to the written and oral advocacy he learned while in Moot Court and the Appellate Clinic with El Verdad.
When he is not busy litigating, he is either spending time with his daughter, wife (also an alumni), and family or dedicated to giving back and mentoring. He has given seminars and lectures to first-year law students on effective legal writing, civility, and professionalism. He is also a member of the Alumni Council, participates in speed mentoring, serves on the professionalism panels for orientation, and is a guest judge for appellate advocacy. He conducts the on-campus interviews for his firm every fall at St. Thomas Law. Returning to campus to assist and inspire law students is one of his greatest accomplishments.
Published: January of 2015