Damaris Hernández is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation related to securities, ERISA and antitrust, as well as shareholder demands, internal corporate investigations and government investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Currently, Ms. Hernández is representing Actelion Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson Company) in purported consolidated class action litigation alleging Actelion illegally maintained its monopoly over the prescription drug bosentan. She is also representing PG&E as lead trial counsel in hundreds of claims filed against the company arising out of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires.
Additionally, Ms. Hernández is representing American Express in purported antitrust class action litigation brought by merchants alleging a conspiracy among credit and charge card issuers to shift the costs of fraudulent charges from the issuers to merchants through the implementation of chip cards.
Among other notable matters, Ms. Hernández represented the Republic of Argentina in overturning extraordinary injunctions that had been imposed on Argentina in the district court and in an expedited appeal. The victory allowed Argentina to resolve litigation with “holdout” creditors and return to the international capital markets for the first time since its $80 billion default in 2001, with what was at the time the largest-ever emerging markets debt offering.
Ms. Hernández devotes substantial time to pro bono and community work. She is currently representing juveniles sentenced to indeterminate life sentences with the possibility of parole in a suit seeking to reform the parole hearing process in New York. She is also lead counsel in a lawsuit in Alabama federal court challenging Jefferson County, Alabama’s compliance with a consent decree after findings of discrimination in the hiring of firefighters and police.
Among other accolades, Ms. Hernández was named to Crain’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list and was recognized as one of New York Law Journal’s 30 “Rising Stars” in 2017. She was also recognized by The Legal 500 United States for her antitrust litigation work in 2018.
Ms. Hernández received her A.B. degree magna cum laude in Literature from Harvard College in 2003, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2007. Ms. Hernández joined Cravath in 2007 and became a partner in 2016.
Last updated: July 2019