Fernando’s practice focuses on international dispute resolution and commercial litigation. He is a fluent Spanish speaker and has represented clients in investment disputes before the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the ICDR, and federal courts around the country. Fernando joined Brooks Pierce in 2016.
In the course of his practice, Fernando has:
- Obtained an $8.9 million judgment for copyright and trademark infringement against a multinational television-streaming company and its owners.
- Represented a Honduran multinational across several federal district courts in litigation under 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
- Represented five British Virgin Island companies pursuing a billion-dollar expropriation claim against the Republic of Ecuador in federal court.
- Represented Spanish investors asserting treaty-based claims in ICSID arbitration against the Venezuelan government for the expropriation of a bank and related assets.
Fernando has represented investors around Latin America in investment arbitrations against foreign sovereign states, including Venezuela and Ecuador. He has also represented business entities in all stages of international commercial arbitration.
Fernando has represented businesses before state and federal courts in both international and domestic matters.
Co-Author, “Hinting at Hall Street,” International Litigation Quarterly (American Bar Association), Vol. 30, Issue 1, Fall 2013
Co-Author, “The US Supreme Court Addresses Key Arbitration Issues During 2012-2013 Term,” LCIA YIAG E-Newsletter, August 2013
Author, “The Caribbean Chicken and Egg: Applying Lessons from the European Court of Justice to the Caribbean Court of Justice,” EUMA Miami Analysis, Special Series, Vol. 5, No. 10, April 2008. [Policy Paper]
Author, “The Boeing-Airbus ‘Can of Stink,’” EUMA Miami Analysis, Special Series, Vol. 5, No. 2 January 2008. [Policy Paper]
Fernando was born in Miami, Florida, being the son of two Cuban exiles. He is a fluent Spanish speaker. By the age of 19 Fernando had already published a paper and attended a conference on European Union studies. After college, Fernando successfully ran political campaigns for city and county commission candidates in Miami.
Fernando's favorite pastimes include reading and hosting board game and card game nights with his wife and friends.