Stetson Law Graduate Melany Hernandez Joins Franklin’s Commercial Litigation Team

Fort Myers, FL, October 30, 2022 — ( — Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA, is pleased to announce that Melany Hernandez has joined the firm as a partner in the Department of commercial disputes. She will focus her practice on assisting clients involved in labor law litigation. Hernandez is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Florida and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Hernandez grew up in Miami as a first-generation American born to Colombian immigrant parents, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to help people. Since discovering she could do it by being part of the American justice system, she had the honor of serving two years as the district representative of former US Congressman Francis Rooney and being extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli of the Central District of Florida. . She was also honored to serve on the editorial board of the Fort Myers News-Press, representing the voice of young adults in Lee County.

Hernandez graduated from Stetson University College of Law cum laude at the top of her class. She was a member of the law school‘s elite dispute resolution team and served as president of the law school’s Hispanic Bar Association. Additionally, following her pro bono work with Gulfcoast Legal Services Immigration Service, Hernandez was named a finalist for The Florida Bar’s William Reece Smith Jr. Pro Bono Showcase. After graduating, Stetson recognized her contributions to her community by presenting her with their Stephanie A. Vaughan Excellence in Advocacy Award, which is given to the law student who best exemplifies their commitment to excellence in advocacy. advocacy. Hernandez can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 239-344-1307.

Henderson Franklin has served the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida since 1924. The firm is the largest local law firm between Tampa and Miami, with more than 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, labor law, real estate, land law and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota (by appointment). For more information on Hernandez or Henderson Franklin, please visit

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