Fernando is an experienced trial lawyer, having conducted more than 40 jury trials to verdict and hundreds of probable cause, evidentiary, and sentencing hearings and grand jury investigations.
His reputation is built upon his distinguished career as a federal prosecutor for the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) and Southern District of Florida (Miami). Fernando also served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Major Fraud and Central Trial Units of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Drawing on a track record that spans more than 25 years, Fernando offers robust and effective support to US domestic and multinational companies and their executives and other professionals in connection with all aspects of corporate response to government and internal investigations and compliance efforts. He has represented clients before the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the offices of various state attorneys general (AG), district attorneys and city attorneys.
Fernando regularly represents companies and their executives in matters involving alleged violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA) and anti-money laundering laws (AML). Additionally, he counsels clients in civil and criminal enforcement matters involving fraud, securities, tax, health care, accounting and environmental laws. He also has significant experience in representing parties involved in complicated civil disputes, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, and forfeiture, before state and federal courts.
Notable cases during his time as a prosecutor included United States v. Rayhani et al., a two and a half month jury trial in which Fernando — as lead prosecutor and trial counsel — obtained the conviction of an international money laundering "kingpin" and four co-conspirators. As a result of his outstanding work on this case, he was awarded the United States Department of Justice's Director's Award by the Attorney General of the United States and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys.
Fernando is an active member of a number of influential professional bodies, including the US Magistrate Judges Merit Selection Panel for the US District Court of the Central District of California, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association's Southern California White Collar Crime Committee.
Committed to issues of diversity and community service within the legal profession, Fernando has served as President of the Mexican American Bar Foundation since 2008, is currently the Chair of the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and serves as a member of White and Case's Diversity Committee.
A pro bono leader at the Firm, Fernando's numerous notable pro bono matters include serving as deputy general counsel to the Los Angeles County Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence.