The law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman is pleased to announce that Joe Hernandez, Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group for the firm, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) for admission to the Class of 2017.
“It is an honor to be a part of this esteemed group of outstanding professionals,” said Hernandez. “I have tremendous respect for the members of ACREL who are some of the finest real estate attorneys in the U.S. I admire the excellent continuing education opportunities this organization provides to practitioners. I look forward to working with and learning from these skilled lawyers.”
ACREL was founded in 1978 to bring together real estate lawyers with a shared passion for the law. Only attorneys distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct are invited to join. Admission to the College is by invitation only, and requires rigorous screening and peer evaluation. Hernandez met the stringent membership criteria that include a minimum of 10 years’ experience and a substantial contribution to the improvement of real estate law.
The College has a wide array of objectives and is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism, collegiality and respect among its fellows.
Hernandez’s transactional real estate and corporate experience spans 30 years from his prior career as a real estate and corporate banker throughout his legal career. He focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate and business transactions. His experience includes acquisitions, development, financing, leasing, joint ventures and advising clients in connection with raising capital for real estate projects in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hernandez represents a variety of clients, including real estate developers, financial institutions, private equity firms, high net worth individuals, hotel companies, and public and private universities. He also represents banks and other lending institutions in secured corporate loan transactions, including revolving credit facilities, asset-based lending, and other secured lending facilities. He has extensive experience advising clients in the resolution of business disputes, including disputes amongst partners, shareholders or members.
His community involvement includes serving as a Board Member of Junior Achievement of Miami, where he previously served as Chairman. He is also a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor cum laude, after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He is admitted to the Florida Bar.