Mr. Hernquist concentrates his practice in all aspects of commercial and complex civil litigation.
This includes shareholder disputes, banking and real estate matters, and business torts such as fraud, unfair trade practices and misappropriation of intellectual property. The bulk of his caseload arises from investments, business contracts and leases, banking and real estate transactions, shareholder disputes, and construction projects. A number of those cases have garnered national media attention. He has also successfully litigated cases involving non-compete agreements, libel / defamation and Constitutional issues.
Due to the multifaceted nature of his litigation practice, Mr. Hernquist also has significant experience in associated procedural areas of law that are complex or nuanced such as alter-ego claims, derivative actions, receiverships, injunctions, claim and delivery/replevin, contempt proceedings, evictions, execution upon judgments, and the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.
Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Mr. Hernquist was a partner at one of Nevada's largest and most illustrious law firms. His clients have ranged from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to government agencies such as the FDIC, and they represent a broad variety of industries including gaming, sports and entertainment, banking and investment funds, solar energy, health care, manufacturing, aerospace, commercial landlords, taverns and nightclubs, and contractors and materialmen.
Mr. Hernquist was a paralegal prior to attending law school, and continued working as a law clerk while pursuing his law degree as a part-time evening student. While attending school he also volunteered at Metropolitan Tenant's Organization in Chicago and worked as a student attorney at his school’s legal clinic where he served as a guardian ad litem, presented guardianship petitions in court, and helped victims of domestic violence obtain temporary restraining orders. He remains strongly committed to pro bono service.
Mr. Hernquist received his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007, where he was the Lead Articles Editor for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from DePaul University in 1996. Mr. Hernquist is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada as well as before the United States District Court, District of Nevada and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.