David Fernandes was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. While at Pepperdine University, David served as president of the Student Bar Association from 2010 to 2011. During law school, he also clerked at the Children’s Law Center of California, which serves as appointed counsel for abused and neglected children who come under protection of the Los Angeles county juvenile dependency court systems.
David was heavily involved with Pepperdine’s Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, where he was an integral member of the Palmer Center’s first Student Advisory Board from 2009 to 2010 and served as the board’s vice-chairman from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Baron & Budd, David spent several years at a mid-size firm, representing clients in a variety of consumer fraud cases and residential construction defect actions.
Despite being well-beyond his law school years and fully involved in a rewarding career with Baron & Budd, David finds time to mentor first-year law students at his alma mater. As a preceptor at Pepperdine Law School, David works with a new group of first-year law students every year to provide mentorship regarding a variety of student decisions, from resume preparation to interviewing techniques. By giving his time to these students, David uses his experience to prepare future colleagues for successful entry into the legal field. "Providing substantive feedback and support to these promising law students is very rewarding and allows me to give back to the school which shaped my world view about the legal field and what is possible".
David has committed himself to a life of purpose, service and leadership. His passion for public service and social responsibility drew him to Baron & Budd’s mission.