As Holly Hernandez explains it, she was destined to become a lawyer as both her mother and step-father were judges. While she tried to fight the jurist pull by working in other fields after college, she eventually found herself enrolled in law school. Hernandez began practicing law during the dot com boom, and she found that she spent a majority of her time working with clients securing trademarks and counseling them on intellectual property rights.
After a short tenure with a large law firm in San Diego, Hernandez took a leap of faith and moved in-house to serve as General Counsel to an e-commerce company. She quickly learned that the best way to succeed in-house was to listen to her client's needs and become as knowledgeable as she could in her single-client’s field of business and correlating areas of the law. She also created organizational strategies for managing matters and litigation that she still utilizes to this day.
Hernandez’s willingness to roll up her sleeves and tackle tough assignments from her employers has gained her a reputation as an invaluable resource to any executive team. While she has spent a majority of her legal career in outside counsel management, intellectual property and commercial transactions, she is also well versed in employment law, international trade, governmental affairs, marketing and advertising, and mergers and acquisitions.
Hernandez currently serves as Senior Vice President of Acacia Research Group, a company that invests in, licenses and enforces patented technologies. She lives in North Texas with her husband and two children. She is active in the CRPS community and sits on a number of boards – her current favorite: a board related to the rock band, KISS.