Michelle E. Hernandez Associate (510) 451-3300 mhernandez@donahue.com Download vCard LinkedIn

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Michelle Hernandez is a member of the firm’s Business and Corporate, Nonprofit, and Real Estate practice groups.  She advises clients on various aspects of each, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Nonprofit formation and applications for tax-exempt status
  • Commercial Real Estate transactions
  • Commercial contract and lease review
  • Corporate and Nonprofit operational matters for small businesses, foundations, and start-up companies
  • Private securities offerings
  • Incentive compensation plans
  • Corporate conversions and restructurings

While attending law school, Michelle was a student honors intern with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a legal intern with the Energy and Telecommunications Team of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and a legal intern with the Clorox Company’s international in-house legal team located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Further, she was a student associate with the UC Law SF’s Startup Legal Garage, a program which assists local entrepreneurs with the formation and operation of start-up companies.

She also served as a submissions editor for the UC Law SF’s International and Comparative Law Review and a research assistant for Professor Joel Paul, contributing to the research for his most recent book, “Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times.”  As a member of moot court, Michelle received an honorable mention award for best brief.

Michelle is fluent in English and Spanish.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association, 2018-present
  • Member, Association of Latino Professionals for America, 2017-present
  • Volunteer, Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program, 2017-present
  • Board Member, Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation, 2019-2021


  • Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award – International Trade Law and Policy
  • Recipient, Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono

Recent Speaking Engagements

June 17, 2021 | Virtual
State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 2021
State Bar of Arizona