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  • Member Spotlight: Interview with Patricia Hernandez, Partner, Rotella & Hernandez, LLC

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    January 17, 2016
    We always start our interviews by asking you to tell us a bit about yourself and if you have always lived in Miami?
    I was born in Colombia, grew-up in Chicago and have lived in Miami for over 20 years. I am a founding partner of the law office of Rotella & Hernandez, LLC a Miami based law firm focusing in the areas of Immigration, Criminal and Family Law.
    I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University where I developed a passion for human behavior and human rights particularly the rights of migrants and refugees.   I went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree and a Certificate in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University School of Law in furtherance of my passion to help those less fortunate such as victims of human trafficking, migrants fleeing persecution in their home countries, and victims of domestic violence.
    Since graduating from law school, I have dedicated my career to the practice of immigration and nationality law. I have represented clients all over the United States in deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). I have handled complex cases dealing with victims of human trafficking, domestic violence victims and victims of crimes. In addition, I have handled countless asylum cases based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion and membership in a particular social group (such as sexual orientation), withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture. I also handle family-based petitions (such as same-sex petitions), applications for residency, applications for citizenship, Cuban Adjustment, adjustment of status for those with a criminal history, and Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court.
    I am a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.  

    As a professional woman in the Legal industry, what are some of your “keys to success” in building your customer base?
    One of my keys to success has been my passion for human rights and helping those less fortunate. My passion carries through to the work I do for all of my clients. I take time to understand my client's goals and devise individualized strategies to best meet their objectives while providing them cost-effective representation.
    Another key to my success has been building relationships with the community and networking with other professionals.   

    Can you share with us how can the LGBT community benefit of the services at Rotella & Hernandez, LLC?
    As a lesbian owned law firm, Rotella & Hernandez, LLC understands the various obstacles faced by the LGBT community. With that in mind, it is our belief we can provide effective representation to members of our LGBT community when dealing with immigration petitions for same-sex couples, asylum petitions based on sexual orientation and contested same-sex adoptions.
    Rotella & Hernandez, LLC has been a member of MDGLCC for many years.  What makes the Chamber worthy of that support?
    The great exposure to the LGBT community we receive and the wonderful business relationships and friendships we have been able to develop with many members of the chamber makes the chamber worthy of our support.  
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