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Joaquin M. Hernandez - Government Dispute Attorney - Seattle, WA

Joaquin M. Hernandez


206-407-1538 Direct

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Professional Experience

Joaquin Hernandez counsels clients on regulatory compliance and contract risk management in various industries, such as the aerospace, defense, manufacturing, distribution, and construction industries. He works with corporate government contractors and grantees in managing the risks inherent in the complex laws and regulations affecting their domestic and international operations. He regularly advises companies about government contracts and grants, trade and export control regulations like ITAR and the Export Administration Regulations, and anti-corruption and sanctions laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. He has represented clients in bid protests, government contract disputes, and government investigations and oversight.

Mr. Hernandez received a three-year gubernatorial appointment in 2015 to Washington State's Capital Projects Advisory Review Board, which is part of the Department of Enterprise Services. The Board examines and recommends alternative public works contracting procedures and provides guidance to state policy makers on ways to further enhance the quality, efficiency, and accountability of public works contracting methods.

Mr. Hernandez has been recognized for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers, which is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Professional & Community Activities

Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition 
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
American Bar Association Public Contracts Section
American Bar Association, Air & Space Forum
American Bar Association, International Law Section
Hispanic National Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute

Presentations and Articles
‎‎‎‎‎•‎ Teaming Agreements, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, May 2015
•‎ Regulatory Issues in the Space Industry, Space Entrepreneurs Seminar, February 2015.
•‎ Anti-Bribery Laws & Compliance in the Americas, International Alliance of Law Firms Annual Conference, May 2014.
‎‎‎‎‎• ‎‎‎‎‎‎Small Companies are Susceptible to Export Control Enforcement Actions, March 7, 2014
•‎ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Preventing Bribery in the Foreign Trade Industry, Schwabe Presentation, February 2014.
•‎ Sequestration. Now What?, National Contract Management Association Seminar, April 30, 2013.
Public Contract Modifications and Changes, Washington Public Ports Association Seminar, November 27, 2012.
Lobbying Restriction Should Make Organizations Pause Before Making Political "House Calls," Defense Research Institute's Corporate Integrity Newsletter, October 29, 2012.
Claim Clauses: Mike Johnson case is here to stay, Daily Journal of Commerce, March 29, 2012.
Dealing with Foreign Business, Puget Sound Business Journal, January 20, 2012 (article focusing on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act).
Design Professional Law: Trends, Recent Developments, and Strategies for Allocating and Managing Risk, Kibble & Prentice Seminar, October 19, 2011.
Public Agencies Warm Up to Design-Build Projects, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, April 28, 2011
Evolution in Design Calls For Rethinking the Contract, Puget Sound Business Journal, June 4, 2010
Contract Disputes, False Claims Act Disputes, and How to Avoid Them, National Contract Management Association, Puget Sound Chapter Seminar, February 2010

Community Affiliations & Activities
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors
Seattle CityClub, Board of Governors

Fluent Spanish, written and spoken

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit

Fluent Spanish, written and spoken

Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2001)
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude (1998)

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