Elizabeth Hernandez

Law Offices of Michels & Lew
11755 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90025-1543
(310) 444-1200
www.michels-lew.com


Senior associate attorney Elizabeth A. Hernandez specializes in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. Her practice areas also include sexual abuse and mass torts. She is admitted to practice law in California.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Hernandez serves as an Emeritus Board member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). She is currently the Vice-Chair of CAALA's Education Committee. She is also a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Co-Chair of CAOC's Women's Caucus Education Committee. Additionally, Ms. Hernandez is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association. Being active in the general community is also important to Ms. Hernandez. She served as a Board member of the Evelyn Grace Foundation, a foundation which was created to support the fight against pediatric cancer, to raise more awareness and to raise money for research and assistance to families with children who are battling cancer. Ms. Hernandez has given of her time to assist with the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity, which included cooking and serving food to the homeless at the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC). In 2016, she attended the CAOC Inaugural Women's Caucus Political Salon in Sacramento which led off the annual Justice Day Program. She was part of the committee that organized the Women's Caucus Political Salon which included speakers such as State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assembly Member Cristina Garcia, State Controller Betty Yee, and Executive Secretary to Governor Brown, Nancy McFadden, who also worked for President Clinton. The firm was proud to support the event and Elizabeth for her contribution to a most successful program.

Education

Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. History

Honors & Awards

2016 - 2017 Best Lawyers list - Medical Malpractice Law & Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Member
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Vice-Chair of the Education Committee
Avvo Rating: 10.0 Superb
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee in 2013
Mexican American Bar Association, Member of the Judicial Endorsement Committee
National Trial Lawyers, top 100, Elizabeth Hernandez   Best Lawyers 2017, Elizabeth Hernandez   AVVO Rated Lawyer, Philip Michels
Associations
Consumer Attorneys of California, Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus Membership and Communications Committee in 2016
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Emeritus Member of the Board of Governors
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Vice-Chair of the Education Committee
Consumer Attorneys of California - current member and former Board Member
Consumer Attorneys of California - Co-Chair, Education Committee for the Women's Caucus
Consumer Attorneys of California, Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus Education Committee
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association - Member of the Judicial Endorsement Committee
National Trial Lawyers, top 100, Elizabeth Hernandez

Admissions

The United States Supreme Court
California State Courts
Central District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Eastern District of California

Published Works

Working with your Expert During the Discovery Process and Preparing your Expert for Deposition, CAALA's Advocate Journal, October 2014
Motions in Limine, CAALA's Advocate Journal, February 2014
Motions in Limine - The critical role they play in pretrial and trial strategies, Plaintiff magazine, February 2014
Do Not Let Defendants Exclude Your Medical Experts' Opinions on Causation, Consumer Attorneys of California's Forum Magazine, September 2004
Referral Fees: What You Need to Know, Consumer Attorneys of California's Forum Magazine, December 2003
Turning the Tables Around on the Defendants: Shifting the Burden of Proof to the Defendant and Imposing Evidentiary Sanctions, CAALA's Advocate Journal, November 2003

Speaking

Aging Population Panel - Preexisting Conditions, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2016
Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2016
"Violations that Trigger Elder Abuse Cases," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2015
Basic Trial Skills Panel - Your Final Status Conference Documents and Motions in Limine: The Outline of Your Trial, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2014
Law and Motion, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2014
Evidence Panel - Motions in Limine: Substance & Procedure, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2013
Pre-litigation Client Preparation - Handling Your Client's Expectations, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2012
Anatomy of a Case After Filing: From Complaint Through Discovery, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2009
Trends in Product Liability: From Medical Devices to Mold to Motor Vehicles, Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention, April 2003
On several occasions, Elizabeth has been invited to school Career Days to speak to disadvantaged students. She encourages them to continue their education and helps them realize that they too can have careers in law if they set goals for themselves.