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Fernando M. Pinguelo, a U.S.-based trial lawyer, devotes his practice to complex lawsuits with an emphasis on business disputes, cyber security, media and employment matters.
A former prosecutor, Fernando is experienced in all facets of litigation (trial, mediation, arbitration, and appellate) in both federal and state courts. A leader in the emerging areas of cyber law and electronic discovery, Fernando works closely with clients to develop strategies for managing business and legal issues relating to electronic data. He recognizes the financial and public relations fallout that often results from high-profile data breaches; and, when a rapidly evolving crisis or emergency hits, Fernando mobilizes his inter-disciplinary team of professionals and implements a response strategy to mitigate damages. Fernando’s active involvement with Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of independent law firms across the U.S. and in 70 other countries, enables him to provide clients with services outside his jurisdictional boundaries.
Recently, Fernando provided commentary on proposed U.S. federal legislation concerning cyber security, and received a Fulbright Specialist appointment for his work in electronic discovery. Fernando serves on federal and state court committees where he contributes to court rule amendments. He also lectured at the Judicial College, which provides judges with academic programs to keep abreast of legal developments.
Within the media and entertainment industries, Fernando represents television personalities including Emmy Award-winning talent, performers, and writers on a variety of legal issues. Fernando serves as a judge of the Emmy Awards, sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter, and is a member of the media sections of the New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills bar associations.
Fernando’s numerous published articles and speaking engagements in his areas of practice reflect the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the issues that his clients face, from both business and legal perspectives. He has appeared on television as a legal commentator on high-profile trials, and has been quoted and cited in media reports covering cases he has handled.
Notably, Fernando received Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted AV Preeminent® rating (4.9 out of a possible 5.0), its highest lawyer rating which serves as an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability (i.e., legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, legal experience) that it generates from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.