Fluvanna County Business of the Year
Michael and Lelia Winget-Hernandez have years of experience in the state and federal courts, and have successfully handled cases worth millions of dollars. As husband-and-wife team, they often work on matters together, and this always works to their clients’ advantage, because they like to work together, and their skills and abilities complement one another, these two lawyers are better than one. They are also your neighbors, right here in Troy, so they want you to have the representation, and the result you deserve.
I like practicing law. I’ve been doing it 32 years, and it gets better with time. It also helps that I get to work with my wife, who is a really great lawyer and a wonderful person. Lelia and I tend to agree about the main things and disagree about the details. This keeps us both on our toes and constantly works to the benefit of our clients.
I got my business and law degrees at Baylor. Much of my career was at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. In 2000, while with the General Litigation Division, I became one of a small team of lawyers from different divisions who were tasked with prosecuting a whistleblower case against a number of large, multi-national drug manufacturers for defrauding Texas Medicaid. This lawsuit became the first of its kind, and resulted in a wave of litigation across the United States […]
From Hawaii to Virginia, I have had experiences and opportunities that have become an integral part of my personality and why I love to practice law. I had the opportunity to attend the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law and graduated in 2000 with honors.
Upon graduating, I came back home to Virginia and clerked for United States Magistrate Judge David G. Lowe. Following my clerkship, I spent five years in private practice. I had my son, Zach, between my second and third year of law school, and was pregnant with my daughter, Madeleine, when I took the Virginia bar exam in 2001. So, my early law career was a balancing act between gaining legal experience and parenting two young children. During […]
After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law and passing the Massachusetts Bar, Patricia Hastings practiced law on Cape Cod in Barnstable, Massachusetts, concentrating in domestic relations law, helping families navigate divorce, custody, visitation and child support. Later she worked for LexisNexis, the online subscription legal and business data research company, managing the very detailed work of codifying the State of Tennessee’s legislation. Patricia, the mother of three adult children who live in Dayton, Ohio, Santa Barbara, California and Lake Tahoe, California, moved to Virginia in the year 2000 and resides at Lake Monticello. In January, 2017, Patricia joined Winget-Hernandez, P.C. as their Legal Services Director.
Jill graduated Magna Cum Laude from ECPI University with a major in Business Systems Administration.
Jill also has a yoga certification from Yax Yoga Concepts and is the Studio Manager and a teacher at Twig Yoga in Zion Crossroads. She and her husband enjoy country living in Cuckoo, Virginia, including riding their motorcycles and listening to country music. Jill joined Winget-Hernandez in November 2016 as Client Services Director and is proud to be part of a team that is committed to providing peace of mind and outstanding service to their clients.
Lelia is President of the Board of Directors of the Oakland School. Oakland is a private, non-profit school located on 450 acres in Fluvanna County. It is a small co-ed boarding and day school that enables bright children who benefit from a small class size and individualized program to reach their academic and personal potential. Lelia’s daughter, who has learning challenges, attended Oakland School for 4 years. Through her daughter, Lelia witnessed first hand the difference Oakland makes in their students’ learning ability and personal confidence and she is dedicated to advancing the mission of Oakland School. include link to Oakland School website: http://www.oaklandschool.net/
Lelia also teaches yoga at her own studio (Twig Yoga).and to the students at Lafayette School. Lafayette School is a private non-profit school for children and adolescents with special needs who benefit from a therapeutic day school environment.
Community Involvement Michael
Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Lafayette School , the Louisa Arts Center, and PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center). Michael is passionate about the mission of each of these organizations and his Board service allows him to work with others who share his interests. Michael also is a member of the Fluvanna Rotary Club, which offers him many opportunities to serve his community.