Carlos A. Hernandez

Senior Trial Lawyer
Licensed in: CA

“In the order of nature we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.”


Carlos A. Hernandez is an experienced and dedicated senior trial lawyer at Carpenter & Zuckerman. With a rare authenticity and a genuine desire to see justice prevail, Carlos approaches every case with compassion and resolve.

The idea of “paying it forward,” articulated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is and has been a driving force in Carlos’ career and personal life. As a bilingual attorney and son of Mexican and Cuban immigrants, Carlos champions giving an authentic voice to individuals and communities in need, including those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. 

The opportunity afforded at Carpenter & Zuckerman, allowing Carlos to use his legal skills alongside the firm’s resources and collective expertise to obtain justice for injured clients, brings him deep and authentic fulfillment.

Before joining the firm in 2018, Carlos served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Gregory W. Alarcon of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. He also worked as a law clerk at NBC Universal. His previous career as an educator included serving as both a teacher and principal.

When he is not working, Carlos enjoys exploring his ever-evolving Los Angeles hometown, taking trips near and sometimes far, cooking, fitness, and spending time with loved ones.


Carlos’s academic path reflects his commitment to excellence. He graduated from Occidental College, pursued a master’s degree at California State University, Northridge, and earned his law degree through Southwestern Law School’s accelerated program. Carlos’ article, From Arlington to Tennessee: The Beginnings of a Chevron Deference Farewell Tour, was published in Vol. 47 of the Southwestern Law Review.


An active member of the legal community, Carlos serves on the board of the Los Angeles LGBT Bar Association and the Southwestern Alumni Nickel Club, reflecting his commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession.


Named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2024