Yahima Y. Hernandez grew up in Cuba and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1995. Four years later, she graduated with honors and received her Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Louisville. She moved to Florida in 2003 to pursue her legal career at Stetson University College of Law.
She successfully completed her studies at Stetson and was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award for performing outstanding pro bono service to the community in 2006. She later obtained her license to practice law from the Supreme Court of Florida. Her concentration on immigration law began upon graduation when she joined the dedicated staff at Gulfcoast Legal Services and offered legal services with them for two years. Her time there was spent advocating for immigration rights and providing legal services.
Yahima further earned two years of experience in general law practice at small law firms in the Brandon area. She went into private practice, partnering with her colleague and former Stetson classmate, C. Christine Smith.
Since the creation of her law firm in January, 2011, Yahima’s experience, dedication and hard work have benefited many immigrants. Her current immigration law practice comprises all aspects of the immigration laws including: family, employment/business, citizenship/nationality, release from detention, and defense in deportation.
Despite her success in private practice, she spends hours assisting communities where free legal advice is most needed and continues to volunteer at various times throughout the year.
Yahima is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is a former co-chair for HCBA’s Immigration Section. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Her admission to practice law in Florida also allows her to practice Immigration Law in all fifty states.