Maribel Hernandez

Maribel Hernandez

Senior Counsel
Fresno, California
877-737-5983 (Toll-Free)
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Maribel Hernandez is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment department. She has litigated employment cases involving harassment and discrimination claims based on age, sex, gender, religion, race, national origin, physical disabilities, and medical conditions. Maribel has represented clients in both State and Federal court, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment Housing and the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement for union and non-union, as well as public and private employers.

Prior to becoming an attorney, she was employed as an HR professional for more than 10 years. During that time, she led and managed employee relations, benefits, and the recruitment divisions. These experiences significantly advanced her competence in litigating employment cases and have given her insight on strategizing with management to develop a comprehensive plan to identify and address existing or potential legal risks to help prevent or mitigate against costly litigation. Ms. Hernandez is a frequent speaker and trainer. She currently serves as a member of the State Bar of California's Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment section, where she provides training and is involved in educating attorneys, employers, and members of the public throughout California.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Human Resources Professional, (PHR) 1994-2005

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2008
  • Supreme Court of California, 2008


  • San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Certified Human Resources Professional, (PHR) 1994-2005
  • California State University, Fresno
    • B.S. - 1995
    • Major: Business Administration with an emphasis on HR management


  • Workplace Behavior and Privacy Issues, National Business Institute, 2017
  • AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Training, Klein DeNatale Goldner, 2016
  • Sex & Gender in the Workplace, Klein DeNatale Goldner, 2016
  • Mid-Year Legislative Update, Klein DeNatale Goldner, 2016
  • Are We Well, Yet (Mandatory Paid Sick Leave) , State Bar of California, 2016
  • Nuts & Bolts of an Employment Practice, State Bar of California, 2015
  • Discipline & Discharge, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Employment Laws You Need to Know, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Controlling Unempolyment Compensation Costs, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Family Medical Leave Act and Pregnancy Leave Act, Your Legal Rights Radio, 2014
  • Workplace Harassment, Your Legal Rights Radio, 2014
  • AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Training, Fresno Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Effectice Management of Leaves of Absences, Ciry of Fresno, 2013
  • Advanced Investigations of Harassment, Central Valley Employment Relations Consortium, 2013
  • Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace , Fresno County Women Lawyers, 2013
  • Hiring and Reference Checks , Madera Unified School District, 2013
  • I am Pregnant, Now What?, Fresno County Women Lawyers, 2012
  • The Interaction and Management of Medical & Pregnancy Leaves, Fresno County Women Lawyers, 2010
  • Discrimination in the Workplace, California State University, Fresno, 2009 - 2010
  • Preventing and Defending Against Employee Lawsuits, Tulare Joint Unified School District, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fresno Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Fresno County Women Lawyers, Board Member, 2009 - 2013
  • Advanced Wage and Hour Conference, Committee Member, 2015 - 2016
  • Annual Public Sector Employment Conference, Chair, 2016
  • Annual Public Sector Employment Conference, Co-Chair, 2015
  • State Bar Labor & Employment Section, Executive Committee Member, 2013 - Present
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers Association
  • Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Board Member
  • Assistance League, Professional member

Professional Experience

  • Ericksen Arbuthnot, 2013-2016
  • City of Fresno, 2012 - 2013
  • Liberty Cassidy Whitmore, 2010 - 2012
  • Weakley Arendt & McGuire, 2007 - 2010
  • Gap Inc., 1998 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Goodwill Industries
  • Valley Caregivers Resource Center