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Desiree E. Fernandez

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Area of Focus: Litigation
Desiree is a litigation attorney who represents clients in complex business disputes in state and federal court, as well as arbitration.  Desiree’s attention to detail and dedication to advancing her clients’ interests allow her to lend a critical eye and develop solutions for her cases. 
Q & A
How do you provide value to your clients?
I proactively seek to understand our clients’ overall business objectives so that I can provide a cohesive litigation strategy to clients that takes their business and legal needs into account. I excel at quickly grasping the facts and issues involved in our clients’ disputes and I tenaciously tackle problems or issues as they arise. I also cultivate trust by keeping my clients informed about their case, while providing practical insight and sound legal advice.  
How do you maximize efficiency?
I am deeply involved in every step of the process. I have an overarching view of the litigation process and the timeline to accomplish necessary tasks. I also have an appreciation for the effort required to reach our goals. This insight allows me to ask targeted questions, take immediate actions, and anticipate future tasks, challenges, and deadlines. The result is maximized value for the time I spend on my cases and the services rendered, while avoiding any form of duplication. 
Which past experiences have most shaped your career?
I have always had a strong desire to promote human rights, whether it be through my service work in South America or advocating for trafficking victims during law school. The concept of justice inspired me to learn about the law, how it affects communities, and how it can be used to improve lives.
Representation of client in acquiring control of two family companies valued at over $100 million. Client was the beneficial owner of 50% of both family companies and had the right to purchase additional shares, which would make him the majority beneficial owner of both companies. However, the clien...
Defense of two individuals and a law firm in a lawsuit seeking approximately $62 million in damages related to investments in a failed Brazilian deep-sea oil exploration company. The complaint alleged numerous claims, including Florida RICO, fraud, conspiracy, and fraudulent transfers, and the suit ...
Provided pre-suit distressed project management and represented resort owner in the termination of the general contractor from a $35+ million expansion and renovation of a luxury resort in the Caribbean. Also handled subsequent related arbitration involving defects and completion delay claims.
Representation of a former professional athlete in defense of a federal breach of contract lawsuit involving licensing and promotion agreements authorizing a multinational company to use client’s image and likeness to brand and promote its products. The Court entered judgment in client’s favor for $...
Successful defense of Brazilian nationals in a fraudulent transfer lawsuit in which the plaintiff sought to enforce a $14 million Brazilian arbitration award against real property in Florida.
Representation of a major real estate developer against claims of breach of contract regarding unpaid legal fees and the prosecution of a counterclaim for undisclosed commission agreements. The case involved the purchase and sale of several parcels of real property in a joint collaboration between t...
  • The George Washington University, J.D., 2015
    University of Florida, B.A., magna cum laude, 2012
  • Branches

     Board Member, 2020

    Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner & Auction, Committee Member, 2018-Present

    Dade County Bar Association
    Florida Foster Care Review
    Citizen Review Panel, Member, 2016
    Hispanic National Bar Association
    Member, 2016
  • Florida
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2021
  • Spanish