Kennedy, Hernandez & Associates brings together attorneys who are well-recognized and well-respected in their fields of practice. Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Hernandez each bring a wealth of experience and successes in different areas. Their combined expertise provides clients with a unique level of legal representation.
They have extensive experience successfully representing clients in high-stakes personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Kennedy has been obtaining successful outcomes for individual plaintiffs in these types of cases for decades. In private practice, Ms. Hernandez successfully represented clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and employment cases. In her roles in state and local government, she represented dozens of departments, agencies, and officials in these same types of cases, as well as in civil rights litigation. Those clients included the Office of the Governor and state executive agencies, as well as the City of Albuquerque, its elected officials, and departments. Their litigation experience ranges across New Mexico state and federal courts and includes appeals in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, New Mexico Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
In addition to their significant litigation experience, Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Hernandez each have extensive experience handling high-profile, complex, and novel legal issues. Mr. Kennedy has been appointed twice, by two different governors, as a Justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court. He is often asked to represent government institutions and public officials in sensitive legal matters. For example, he served as Special Counsel to the New Mexico Legislature during impeachment proceedings of elected officials and represented the New Mexico Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought against it by the United States Department of Justice involving the legality of New Mexico’s ethical rules for attorneys. Ms. Hernandez was appointed as General Counsel for the Office of the Governor of New Mexico and as City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque. Ms. Hernandez was the lead negotiator for the State of New Mexico in negotiating state-tribal gaming compacts that are now in effect for gaming tribes in New Mexico through 2037. As City Attorney, she was lead counsel for the City in the federal lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice involving police reform of the Albuquerque Police Department.