Our Professional Team

Darlene Hernandez, Esq.

Litigation and Bankruptcy

Darlene Hernandez joined the firm as a Sr. Litigation Attorney in February 2020.  Prior to joining the firm, she represented various institutional clients in the consumer financial services industry for national and regional foreclosure/real estate and bankruptcy firms since 2008. Her practice covers a broad range of mortgage lending and banking litigation, including litigation relating to loan servicing, title, loan origination, post-foreclosure and REO, nuisance abatement, and foreclosure trustee and predatory lending defense, RESPA/TILA issues, title defects/claims, judicial foreclosure, deficiency judgments, and receivership.

Previously, she was a partner at Fitzmaurice & Demergian in San Diego, California in 2005 and practiced for eight years in the areas of general business litigation, commercial transactions, commercial office and retail leasing, business organization, restructuring, and consulting. Her litigation experience includes complex commercial litigation, title, and premises liability. She also worked with public agencies in the County of San Diego relative to actions to quiet title, and declaratory and injunctive relief as to easements, violation of zoning ordinances, and conditional use permits.

Darlene earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classics at the University of California, San Diego in 1992. In 1997, Darlene earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. During law school, Darlene studied abroad in Canberra, Australia, Bologna, Italy, and Paris, France and was a founding member of the Pan Asian Law Students Association. She later became a board member and President of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and Filipino Lawyers of San Diego.

Darlene Hernandez has been member of the California State Bar since 1999 and New York State Bar since 2005.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Cooking, trail running, camping, off roading, reading

What is your favorite TV show, movie, and band/artist?

TV show: X-Files
Movie: Gladiator
Band/Artist: Andre Boccelli

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about the world, it would be to teach people that there are consequences for bad behavior.

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar (1999)
  • New York State Bar (2004)
  • Darlene is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of California, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal


  • B.A., University of California, San Diego (1992)
  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law (1997)