David Fernandes joined Baron & Budd’s California office in August 2014. He represents clients across the United States in class action litigation involving automobile safety, negligent banking practices, and deceptive advertising.

Mr. 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, Mr. Fernandes 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 all abused and neglected children who come under protection of the Los Angeles county juvenile dependency court systems.

Mr. Fernandes 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, he 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, Mr. Fernandes finds time to mentor first-year law students at his alma mater. As a preceptor at Pepperdine Law School, Mr. Fernandes works with a group of first-year law students to provide mentorship regarding a variety of student decisions, from resume preparation to interviewing techniques. By giving his time to these students, Mr. Fernandes 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 Fernandes 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.

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2011)

University of Southern California (B.S., 2007)

Bar & Court Admissions

California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

Awards

Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers, 2017)

Professional Associations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers