Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Rory M. Hernandez '83

Rory Hernandez

Partner, Retired,
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

B.A. History, California State University, Los Angeles

Variety spices the work of a generalist

As a long-term partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (GD&C), one of the world's largest law firms, Rory Hernandez litigated complex actions in the world of high finance and defends clients from a broad range of claims, including securities litigation and health care law. Hernandez was instrumental in litigating a landmark securities issue through various appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, inspiring legislation that established new requirements in the federal securities law area.

Hernandez was introduced to GD&C through a Southwestern externship with Judge Arthur Alarcon of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. "It was key to everything I have done since," Hernandez said. "I was involved in researching and writing bench memos and assisting the Court in preparing written opinions. And, as I neared graduation, it was Judge Alarcon who arranged an interview for me with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher." Hernandez had also served as Note and Comment Editor of the Southwestern University Law Review. An active alumnus, he later served as a member of Southwestern's Board of Trustees for many years.

As a generalist, Hernandez's clients have included hospitals, financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. "Every day is different for a generalist," Hernandez said. "Each client is different. You need to be adaptable. There is still a need for good,well-rounded lawyers who can handle any kind of case."