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Jose W. Fernandez, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Banking and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Communications Law, Media Law, Corporate Law, Partnership Law, Latin American Trade, Communications and Media Law. Member of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.


Fernandez, Jose Walfredo was born on September 19, 1955 in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Arrived in the United States, 1967. Son of Jose Rigoberto and Flora (Gomez) Fernandez.


Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts, 1977). Columbia University (Juris Doctor, 1980). Spoken languages: Spanish, Portuguese and French.


Worked at O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles, California) specializing in General Civil Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Criminal Trials Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Administrative; Antitrust. Banking; Bankruptcy; Commercial.

Communications; Construction. Corporation and Corporate Financing. Environmental; Immigration and Naturalization.

Insurance Coverage Defense. Intellectual Property. International Business.

Labor and Employment. Employment Benefits; Media and Entertainment. Municipal, Municipal Zoning and Municipal Finance.

Natural Resources; Oil and Gas. Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition. Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning.

Public Utilities; Real Estate. Securities; and Tax Law. Admitted to the bar, 1981, New York, New Jersey and United States.

District Court, District of New Jersey. 1984, United States. District Court, Southern District of New York. Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School, 1984-1987.

Secretary, United States.-Spain Chamber of Commerce, 1988-1992. Member, Board of Directors, Columbia Law School Alumni Association, 1991-1994. Director, United States.-Spain Chamber of Commerce, 1985—.

Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, 1995—. Director of Ballet Hispanico of New York, 1994—. Director of WBGO-FM (Newark Public Radio), 1997—.

Council on Foreign Relations. Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law, 1984-1987. Chairman, Inter-American Affairs Committee, 1996—).

American Bar Association (Chairman, Section of InterAmerican Law, 1985-1988 and 1991-1994. Director, Central American Program, 1985-1989. Member, Presidential Commission on Latin America).

(New York, NY Office). O'Melveny & Myers LLP, founded over 110 years ago on January 2, 1885, is the oldest law firm in Los Angeles. Since that time, we have grown from two attorneys in two rooms specializing in the local concerns of a frontier community to a firm of more than 500 lawyers involved in matters of regional, national and global concern.


  • Bar: New York 1981, New Jersey 1981, United States District Court New Jersey 1981, United States District Court (Southern district) New York 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor.


Member advisory board Council of Americas, since 2001. Board trustees Dartmouth College, since 2002, Mid.East Institute, since 2004. Director Ballet Hispanico, since 1994, WBGO-FM Newark Public Radio, 1997—2007, Accion International, since 2006.

Board directors Columbia Law School Alumni Association, 1991—1994. Member of American Bar Association (chairman Inter-American law committee 1985-1988, Central American task force 1985-1989, presidential Latin America advisory commission 1986-1991, chairman Inter-American law committee 1991-1994), Association of the Bar of the City of New York (member com on foreign and comparative law 1984-1987, chairman Inter-American affairs committee 1996-1998, director city bar fund since 1999), Brazilian-United States Chamber of Commerce (director since 1995, secretary 2005-2006).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sports, non-fiction writing, traveling.


Married Andrea Gabor, June 22, 1985.

Jose Rigoberto Fernandez

Flora (Gomez) Fernandez

Andrea Gabor