Tel: 305.779.3565
Fax: 305.779.3561

Assistant: Ilene Lopez
Tel: 305.779.3568


As a founding partner of AVILA and former practice group leader of the Immigration Practice Group for an AmLaw 20 national law firm, Eugenio “Gene” Hernandez brings extensive experience in the area of immigration law. Mr. Hernandez specializes exclusively in the field of immigration, nationality and consular law principally in business-related matters with an emphasis on corporate transfers, professionals, entrepreneurs and investors.

A native of Cuba, Mr. Hernandez attended the University of Florida where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a B.A./B.S. Certificate in Latin American Studies. He then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida School of Law. Mr. Hernandez also studied at the Paris Institute of International and Comparative Law in Paris, France.


  • Immigration
  • Nationality
  • Consular Services


  • Routinely process employment-based visas for: 
  • An international cruise line with over 100,000 employees worldwide on a variety of sophisticated matters involving employment visas and timely personnel transfers.  
  • A 100-year-old Fortune 500 American technology company providing innovative solutions for civil, government and military organizations, as well as in space, air, land, sea and cyber space.  
  • A multimedia mass media company based in Latin America.  
  • A Colombian television network.  
  • A Spain-based engineering and construction company that has completed thousands of projects worldwide.  
  • One of Spain’s largest department stores needing IT division visas.  
  • A Chilean bank with branches throughout Latin America and Southeast U.S.  
  • Represent numerous individual investors under the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa from Spain, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Italy.  
  • Routinely represent individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Italy, Mexico, and Spain across a wide range of immigration matters. 


University of Florida (Bachelor of Arts – magna cum laude – 1978)
University of Florida (B.A./B.S. Certificate in Latin American Studies -1978)
Georgetown University (Master of Arts – cum laude – 1980)
University of Florida (Juris Doctorate – 1983)


American Bar Foundation Life Fellow
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) South Florida Chapter – Past President (1992 – 1993)
Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) – Past President (2002)
Dade County Bar Association


  • State of Florida, 1984 
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1984 
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1985 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Judicial Circuit, 1985  




Civic Organizations

  • Camillus House Board of Directors, 2007 – 2016 
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami Board of Directors, 2011 – 2016 
  • Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation (KLHF) Chairman and member of the Board of Directors, 2006 – 2021 
  • Kiwanis Club of Little Havana (KCLH) Board of Directors and past president, 2003 – 2005 

Publications & Speaking

  • “Key Considerations for Foreigners Looking to Establish a U.S. Presence or Increase Their U.S. Investments “- Daily Business Review (DBR.) 
  • The Florida Bar. 
  • International Law Quarterly. 
  • Frequent lectures on the topic of immigration law. 
  • Served for several years as program Co-Chair and coordinator of the Annual Immigration Law Update, sponsored by the Florida Bar CLE Committee, the International Law Section, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. 
  • Speaker at the South Florida Economic Summit organized by Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Speaker at ‘Desayuno con CABA’ – CLE Breakfast Series on business immigration options in the U.S. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Holds highest rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) Preeminent.
  • Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America.
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as one of America’s Leading Immigration Lawyers.
  • Selected by Law & Politics as a Florida Super Lawyer.
  • Named among South Florida’s Top Lawyers by the South Florida Legal Guide.
  • Recognized as Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine.
  • Recognized in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, published by Law Business Research in the UK.
  • Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Lawyers to the Rescue.