Román Hernández is the Office Managing Partner of the Troutman Pepper Portland office. Mr. Hernández has a national litigation practice and focuses his practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.
Mr. Hernández is a former National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). He is also a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the HNBA Legal Education Fund, the HNBA’s charitable foundation which develops pipeline programs for Hispanic youth considering entering the legal profession. In July 2020, he was appointed to the HNBA’s Special Committee on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice. He is the 2020 recipient of “The Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award” presented by the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism and the 2019 Recipient of the “President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award” by the Oregon State Bar.
Mr. Hernández is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Health & Science University and of the Oregon Community Foundation, the sixth largest community foundation in the nation with assets in excess of $2 billion. He served on the City of Portland’s Council of Economic Advisors, which advices on economic and workforce development priorities. In March 2020, Mr. Hernández was selected to serve on the Mayor’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.
Mr. Hernández earned a bachelor’s degree in general science from Oregon State University in 1992. While an OSU undergraduate, he was involved in campus groups such as the Hispanic Student Union, the Educational Opportunities Program, the Air Force ROTC program and the Arnold Air Society. As an alum, he has been engaged with the OSU Alumni Association to help rebuild alumni connections to OSU and each other through reviving the Chicano/a Latino/a Alumni Network. His law degree is from Lewis and Clark Law School.