The Hon. George C. Hernandez, Jr. (Ret.) was a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Fremont-Newark-Union City Municipal Court in 1989. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1996. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Stanley Golde (Ret.). Hernandez retired from the Superior Court bench in January 2018. The Hon. Jenna M. Whitman filled the vacancy created by his retirement.
Hernandez graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976.
After teaching political science and business law at Ohlone Community College for two years, Hernandez became an associate at Mushrush and Mooney in 1977. While there, he specialized in bankruptcy trustee representation and commercial collections. Two years later, he joined Xavier and Hernandez where he would practice until 1985. Some of his other areas of practice included toxic tort, real estate, product liability, personal injury, and employment matters.
It was at that time that Hernandez was elected to serve as a court commissioner for the Freemont-Newark-Union City Municipal Court in Alameda County. He would hold that position until his appointment to the same court four years later.
While on the bench, Hernandez served as presiding judge for a criminal felony master calendar while on the Municipal Court. He also served as an assistant presiding judge, presiding judge, and a supervising judge for the Superior Court.
His memberships have included the California Judges Association, the California Latino Judges Association, the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, the Women Lawyers of Alameda County, the Alameda County Bar Association, and the Judicial Council of California.
He received the Distinguished Service Award for Judicial Officer from the Alameda County Bar Association in 2017. He also received the Judicial Excellence Award from the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association in 2008 and was named the Trial Judge of the Year by the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association in 2007.
After his retirement from the Superior Court, Hernandez became a neutral at ADR Services, Inc.
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