Tony Hernandez possesses considerable experience and a unique expertise that makes him an invaluable asset to any legislative effort. Tony started an independent governmental relations practice and law firm in September 2014, after nine years of international, local, state, and federal government and public affairs experience, plus five years working in various legal capacities. During this time, Tony developed a strong reputation for diligent and effective client representation, a thorough understanding of Texas parliamentary procedure, and for rapid, thorough responses to client concerns.
Prior to starting his own practice, Tony served as the general counsel for the Texas Lobby Group. During four legislative sessions, Tony was responsible for legislative drafting and amendments, Texas House parliamentary compliance, plus legal and technical research. Tony utilized his expertise in parliamentary procedure to forestall dozens of adverse bills, as well as to shepherd legislation important to his clients. Tony effectively and rapidly translates client ideas into discernible legislation and amendments. He is adept at identifying viable legislative vehicles for amendments late in the legislative process. During the interim, Tony consults on Texas Statewide, Senate, and House legislative elections.
Tony obtained his juris doctorate from Tulane University School of Law while working for TLG. At Tulane, Tony served as Senior Business Editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and directed a Law and Economics reading group in coordination with several professors. He also served as the President of the Tulane Chapter of the Federalist Society where he hosted numerous prominent legal scholars and judges. During the summer break, Tony worked as a summer law clerk in the chambers of Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and in the Transportation Division of the Texas Office of Attorney General. During his final year of law school, he worked in the chambers of Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Fredericka Wicker.
In addition to his background in Texas and Louisiana, Tony has significant experience abroad. He has negotiated import/export contracts in English and Spanish with Mexican business partners. He spent eight months working at the Australian Parliament in the Office of Andrew Laming, the Federal Member for Bowman, Queensland. He has studied in England, Greece, Australia, and Peru.
Tony is admitted to practice law in Texas. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Edward’s University. When he isn’t researching and writing laws, or roaming the Texas Capitol, he can likely be found kayaking with his dog down the Colorado River or playing basketball at the local courts.