Fernando focuses his practice on a wide range of environmental issues relating to regulatory compliance assistance, transactional guidance, and litigation. His environmental litigation experience includes governmental enforcement defense, private party claims defense, insurance coverage litigation for policyholders, cost recovery claims, and complex litigation.

Prior to joining Taft, Fernando was an associate at an environmental law firm in Indianapolis. Prior to law school, Fernando worked as the business development manager at a mass tort law firm specializing in representing businesses and municipalities in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Fernando earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, Moot Court finalist, and Rickert Award Winner for excellence in legal writing. 

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  • University of Illinois College of Law (2016)
  • University of Florida (2010)


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Indiana

Speeches and Publications

Speaker, "Environmental Due Diligence for Real Estate Transactions," Cincinnati Bar Association (2018)

Speaker, "Navigating Hurricane Season: Concurrent Flood and Wind Losses on Property Damage and Business Interruption Claims and Resulting Contingent Losses Nationwide," Indianapolis Bar Association (2017)

Author, "Non-Retailers Beware: New California Proposition 65 Regulations Are in Effect.," (Oct. 2018)

Author, "Trolling & The First Amendment: Protecting Internet Speech in the Era of Cyberbullies and Internet Defamation," 2016 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 135 (2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Former Member, Young Lawyers Division (2016 - 2018)

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Former Member, Public Relations Committee (2017 - 2018)

  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court

    Former Member (2017 - 2018)