Staff Attorney

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Records and Employment, Economic and Workforce Development, Enforcement of...


A NELP staff attorney since 2017, Phil Hernandez advocates for policies that expand economic opportunity for all people.

His background includes a variety of positions at the intersection of law and public policy. Most recently, he litigated at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, where he co-authored an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

During his time with the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), he developed a policy proposal to better protect innocent tenants involved in eviction lawsuits and prevent homelessness. He partnered with a diverse coalition to advance that proposal (AB 2819) through the California legislature before Governor Brown signed the bill in September 2016. In addition, Phil previously served as a judicial extern to Justice Goodwin Liu at the California Supreme Court.

Before attending Berkeley Law, Phil worked in the Obama administration for three years as a senior policy analyst in the White House Domestic Policy Council. In that role, he advocated for policies aimed at expanding clean energy, reducing harmful pollution, and promoting U.S. leadership on climate change.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
B.A., College of William and Mary

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