Salvador M. Hernandez


Sal Hernandez regularly represents and counsels clients through complex civil litigation in state and federal courts always keeping in mind the client's goals. Mr. Hernandez also helps clients solve their business problems before problems turn into litigation. He has represented a variety of corporate and individual clients in the healthcare industry, financial services industry and others.

Mr. Hernandez has tried matters involving breach of contract, restrictive covenants, misappropriation, violation of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, tortious interference with contract, and violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.  He also has significant experience in successfully obtaining and defending against injunctions and temporary restraining orders.

Mr. Hernandez appears as counsel in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the American Arbitration Association on claims surrounding restrictive covenants, breach of contract, interference with contractual relations, unfair competition, raiding, suitability of investments and breach of fiduciary duty.

Mr. Hernandez serves as Chairman of Nashville Metropolitan Government's Transportation Licensing Commission. He is also serving in 2019 as Secretary to the Board for the Nashville Bar Association. Prior to serving as Secretary, Mr. Hernandez served as co-chair for three years for the bar association’s Federal Courts Committee from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, Mr. Hernandez also volunteered as a member of the U.S. District Court’s committee to propose revisions to the Local Rules of Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Hernandez served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1999-2000.

Recent Publications

  • Contributor for "Investment Advisor Arbitration: What You Need to Know, Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. 2015, No. 6, Oct. 2015.
  • "Displacement of Common Law Tort Claims by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act: An Update from Arizona, Published by Practising Law Institute in Securities Arbitration 2015.
  • The Uniform Trade Secrets Act & the Scope of Displacement of Common Law Tort Claims based on Misappropriation: Recent case law from Arizona as a Primer (published by Practising Law Institute in Securities Arbitration 2014).

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Covenants Not to Compete
Trade Secrets
Broker-Dealer Sales Practices


Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. 1999
Princeton University, A.B. 1996

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1999


American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Alumnus of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court

Recent Speaking Engagements

Moderated a Magistrate Judges Panel as part of the NBA's Advanced Federal Court Practice Continuing Legal Education covering the new district courts local rules and the court’s revised order, Nov. 2018. AO. 174-1.

Securities Arbitration 2014: Arbitration Practicum on Employment Cases, panelist (sponsored by Practising Law Institute).


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 143