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Francisco Hernandez

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Secretary, Board of Directors
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Francisco Hernandez, Jr. is a criminal law specialist certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Hernandez is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. He has family, friends and professional contacts in both countries. His home and law firm are located in Fort Worth. Mr. Hernandez joined the DFW Airport Board in May 2006. He served as Secretary of the Board from February 2008 through March 2009. He was named Vice Chair in April 2009 and Chair in February 2011.

Mr. Hernandez worked personally with Vicente Fox's campaign for President of Mexico. He has also helped bridge the gap between Mexico and U.S. business practices as an expert in the area of international relations and politics.

In addition to running his law firm, Mr. Hernandez also served as an associate municipal judge and as Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission. Prior to establishing his own firm, he served in the Texas State Capitol as special legislative counsel for Senator Mike Moncrief and Representative Doyle Willis. He was an in-house legislative attorney for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as well as a staff attorney for a large metropolitan law firm. Early in his career, he worked in Washington, D.C., for Congressman Pete Geren and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Hernandez has authored several legal articles and presented seminars in the United States and Mexico. A few of the honors he has received include being named Man of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Outstanding Young Leader by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, and one of 40 Under 40 by the Fort Worth Business Press. He is involved in numerous community activities and has been honored for his volunteerism.

Mr. Hernandez received his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

He and his wife, a native of Holland, have four children. Thanks to their multinational heritage, the children are trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Dutch. Mr. Hernandez' interests outside of his family and his law practice include politics and soccer.


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