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Pedro Hernandez focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and construction litigation. In addition, he represents insurers in commercial class actions in multidistrict litigation courts throughout the country. Pedro has tried several cases through verdict.

He also litigates complex commercial matters, including disputes involving Fortune 100/500 companies.

Professional Background

Pedro joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2007. Prior to joining Hinshaw, he worked for a construction law national firm. In addition to his practice, Pedro serves as a member of the firm's Mentoring Committee and Hinshaw’s Hispanic Network.

Professional Affiliations

  • Cuban-American Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 – 2019

Representative Matters

Pedro practices throughout the United States, but focuses particularly in the Southeastern region. A sample of his cases/decisions includes:

  • Tarragon Stoneybrook Apartments, LLC v. Summit Contractors, Inc., et al, in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit and for Orange County, Florida. Case Number 2006-CA-010888 (Div. 32-- Business Court) (vacated a $10 million dollar ($13 million dollars with interest) judgment against insured and national carrier)

  • Trovillion Construction & Development, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company and Casa Jardin Condominium Association, Inc., 2014 WL 201678 (MD Florida, January 17, 2014) (no coverage for a $1.8 million consent judgment for failure to allocate)

  • Vintage Properties, Inc. et al., v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. Case No. 10-CV-80836-PAS (summary judgment on behalf of the carrier based on the pollution exclusion barring coverage for Chinese drywall damages)

  • Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation (E.D. La. MDL No. 2047) (represented two major carriers in the litigation and in the $1 billion global settlement)

  • Hermitage Ins. Co. v. Jack L. Hamilton Constr., Inc., Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Lee County, Florida, Case No. 08-CA-023245 (motion to dismiss, with prejudice, in favor of the carrier based on designated work exclusion)

  • Mark Scherer, D.C., P.A., a/a/o Adrienne Gadson v. Bristol West, Palm Beach County Case No. 50-2006-SC-008811. (summary judgment on behalf of the carrier holding it properly exercised its right to cancel the policy for late payment despite the carrier’s history of prior reinstatements)

Presentations

  • "Hot Topics in Florida Insurance Coverage" ABA Section of Litigation Insurance, Coverage Litigation Committee, May 2013
  • "Proving Covered Damages: Litigating Construction Defect Cases Following Pozzi Windows and Auchter," ABA Litigation Section Presentation, Coral Gables, Florida, May 2013

Publications

Pedro has authored, researched, and edited a number of publications, including:

Hinshaw Publications

Community/Civic Activities

Pedro performs a substantial amount of pro bono work for the South Florida community.

J.D., Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, 2006

B.A., History, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2003