Lelia P. Winget-Hernandez

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 this busy time, I passed the Hawaii bar and opened my own law practice: Lelia P. Beck, Attorney at Law, PLLC.

In 2006, I accepted an appointment as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General in Richmond, Virginia.  What an honor this was for me, having been born and raised in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to represent the Commonwealth as part of the Civil Investigations Section of its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. During my almost seven years at the Office of the Attorney General, my practice focused on complex multi-state and federal civil litigation. I refined my skills as a team leader and an effective advocate.

I was given the opportunity to work closely with federal and state investigators and federal prosecutors to investigate and, when appropriate, litigate Medicaid fraud cases on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In 2012, in recognition of my investigative work, I earned the Excellence Award for Investigations from the Council of Inspectors General.  This skill set is a valuable asset I bring to my legal practice. As lead litigation counsel for the Commonwealth, I played a key role securing some the largest civil Medicaid fraud recoveries of Virginia taxpayer dollars:  Virginia v. McKesson ($33 million settlement) and In re Johnson & Johnson ($21 million settlement).

In July 2013, I resigned from the Virginia Office of the Attorney General to join my husband, Michael, in the general practice of law at Winget-Hernandez, P.C.  Michael and I share the same passion and vision. We became lawyers because we want to help people and work as a team to provide outstanding legal advice and representation to our clients.  Winget-Hernandez, P.C. is focused on supporting the community – whether it be drafting a will or contract, defending a speeding ticket or other minor criminal violation, or representing a small business or an employee in employment dispute.  We also stand ready to conduct internal fraud investigations and serve as litigation counsel in complex civil matters.

But, my most important work is raising our two teenage children, Zach and Madeleine.  I am also a certified yoga teacher and I enjoy practicing and teaching yoga, both as a volunteer and managing my own yoga studio.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English Major, History Minor (BA) – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1993
  • Juris Doctor (JD), cum laude – William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 2000

Admitted to Practice:

  • Virginia
  • Hawaii
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals