Brandon L. Fernandez is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Fernandez’s practice includes all aspects of federal and state civil trial litigation with a primary focus in civil rights litigation, government liability, law enforcement liability, labor & employment law, and premises liability. While attending law school, Mr. Fernandez served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Ari Abraham Porth in the Criminal Drug Court and Mental Health Court Divisions for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Mr. Fernandez regularly defends municipalities and their officers against claims arising under the Civil Rights Act including violations of the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and state law claims of false arrest, malicious prosecution, and ordinary negligence. Mr. Fernandez is well versed in the immunities available to municipalities and their officers, including qualified immunity, and the limited statutory waiver of sovereign immunity. Mr. Fernandez has also defended municipalities against claims arising under Florida’s Public Records Act, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.
Mr. Fernandez’s Labor and Employment litigation experience includes representing private and public employers in all phases of employment litigation, from administrative hearings through trial on matters arising under Federal, State and local employment laws, including actions involving sexual harassment, FLSA compliance, discrimination, retaliation, Title VII, whistleblower claims, and fraud. Mr. Fernandez also defends entities in matters involving all aspects of general civil liability defense, including claims based on a variety of common law torts such as negligent security, automobile negligence, and wrongful death claims.
Professional and Community Involvement
Mr. Fernandez received his Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Florida State University, and earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. During law school, Mr. Fernandez received Dean’s List honors, and was a member of the Nova Trial Association, and Volume 41 of the Nova Law Review where his Comment—Throwing Shade on the Sunshine State: The Paris Agreement and How Florida Utility Companies Are Fighting to Control Solar Energy—was published in 2016. Mr. Fernandez received the Book Award in Intellectual Property, and earned Pro Bono Honors for providing over 300 hours of public service to the Fort Lauderdale community.