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St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, TX
Juris Doctor, May 2000

  • Author, An Ailing System: Possible Solutions for Curing the Texas Home Equity Loan Amendment, 31 ST. MARY’S L.J. 461 (2000)
  • Associate Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal (Fall 1999 - Spring 2000)
  • Staff Writer, St. Mary’s Law Journal (Fall 1998 - Spring 1999)
  • National Order of the Barristers
  • Team Member and Head Brief Writer, National Criminal Moot Court Competition
  • Student Bar Association
    • 1999 - 2000 President Pro Tempore
    • 1998 - 1999 Senator of the Year
  • Member, Hispanic Law Student Association

University of Texas, Austin, TX
Bachelor of Arts (Government), December 1996


The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez, Jr., PLLC
Contract Attorney (July 2015-Present)

  • Evaluated criminal cases to determine potential for representation
  • Drafted documents such as expunctions, non-disclosure petitions, and occupational driver’s licenses to assist clients in managing consequences of criminal cases
  • Represented clients in multiple counties throughout Texas in criminal matters
  • Conducted jury trials and other evidentiary hearings in order to achieve client goals
  • Pursued default judgments against business defendants who failed to respond to duly-filed lawsuits
  • Negotiated landlord/tenant disputes

CTB / McGraw-Hill, LLC
Associate Editor, Assessment Development Support (April 2015-July 2015)

  • Edited multiple documents for use in standardized testing in various states
  • Provided support to editorial quality assurance and content development teams
  • Collaborated to meet deadlines to provide deliverables to state departments of education
  • Operated within a non-office, digital environment to accomplish goals

T-O Land and Minerals
Independent Petroleum Landman/Attorney (June 2014-March 2015)

  • Researched chain of title on various tracts in the Eagle Ford Shale (Karnes and Gonzales Counties) from sovereignty
  • Presented limited title runsheets for analysis by title attorneys with Marathon Oil
  • Performed curative work based on requirements in title opinions rendered by title attorneys
  • Drafted landman statements and other documents relevant to the abstracting process

Primera Energy, LLC
General Counsel/Corporate Attorney (June 2011 – June 2014)

  • Prepared offering documents and joint venture agreements for oil drilling joint ventures
  • Conducted commercial transactions such as guaranties, assignments, formation of business entities, and vendor contracting in individual enterprises totaling approximately $10 million each
  • Ensured compliance with federal securities laws and the securities laws of all 50 states
  • Operated as on-site IT Technician to resolve computer and server issues
  • Corresponded with investors concerning partnership interests in oil and gas prospects
  • Supervised title work on leaseholds to determine clear chain of title
  • Worked with vendors and engineers in the field to coordinate the drilling of wells in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Inspected wellsites and participated in discussions for drilling programs
  • Managed outside counsel in various types of litigation, including oil and gas, securities, employment, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, appeals, general contract disputes, and collections

The Law Offices of Patton L. Zárate & The Law Offices of Willborn and Zárate, L.L.P.
Attorney at Law and Managing Partner (March 2001 – June 2011)

  • Conducted multiple jury trials involving felony and misdemeanor cases
  • Handled all types of cases, including family violence, aggravated robbery, DWI, sexual assault, weapons cases, burglary and theft, unauthorized record labeling, juvenile, drug cases, traffic tickets, motions to revoke probation, and engaging in organized crime
  • Arranged for the appropriate placement of children taken from their parents in emergency situations
  • Represented criminal defendants in appellate cases before the Third and Fourth Districts of Texas

The Law Offices of Miller and Henderson, P.C.
Attorney at Law (November 2000 - March 2001)

  • Represented injured workers before the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission

San Antonio Defender, San Antonio, TX
Columnist (October - December 2000)

  • Co-wrote a column briefing cases and issues certified for review by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

The Law Offices of Frank Herrera, San Antonio, TX
Law Clerk (Summer 1999 — Spring 2000)

  • Drafted motions for pending cases
  • Prepared appeals of denials of Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Assisted in preparation for trial by summarizing depositions and preparing exhibits
  • Observed mediations, depositions, and trials


Blue Ribbon Task Force

  • Assisted Sen. Carlos Uresti in developing strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect in the State of Texas
  • Suggested legislative ideas aimed at child abuse prevention for the 2009 Legislative Session

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