Ray Hernandez was born in Paterson, New Jersey and later relocated to Tampa, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in Political Sciences from the University of South Florida. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA. As a law student, he became a member of the Drake Law Review and President of C.E.L.A.D., the Hispanic law student organization. Upon graduation, Raymond joined a sole practitioner in Tampa and practiced in the area of personal injury law. Raymond later established his own solo practice in personal injury and family law.
Raymond is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.