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Luis Fernandez

Criminal defense Attorney at Miami, FL

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Our firm originated in 1949 Cuba and 1976 Miami, FL USA. We are a third generation law firm that hopes to serve our community for many more years. Our firm has been AV-Rated Preeminent for over 20 consecutive years.

Attorney Luis Fernandez is the son of the late Luis Fernandez-Caubi, attorney in Cuba and in the United States until 1997, and founder of the law firm. Our law firm has added Anna Fernandez (St. Thomas, 2011).

Fernandez-Caubi taught law at Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Cuba, and Luis Fernandez taught at FIU in the Criminal Justice Program for many years.

The firm appeared at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 1988 and assisted in the Human Rights Campaign that led to the freedom of political prisoners in Cuba. The firm has continued to represent the oppressed and with the assistance of Wilfredo Allen, has appeared in cases in Great Britain and assisted refugees in Peru and Nicaragua. Recently, the firm has played a part in identifying violators of Human Rights in Cuba, including attackers of the Ladies in White (Damas en Blanco) through Repression, ID program in which the firm was a founding member.

The firm, with the late Jean Camper Kahn (founder of Antioch Law School in Washington DC), the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, Legal Aid and others, successfully tried the Meek v. Martinez landmark case, which resulted in the elderly minority receiving their proper share of government funds in the Miami-Dade County area.

The firm has represented El Movimiento Democracia in cases dealing with the interception of rafters at sea, and matters dealing with the Neutrality Act.

The firm has received recognition from groups such as La Brigada 2506, Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Movimiento Democracia, Hermanos de Rescate, Mayoral Proclamations and has twice received the CABA Pro Bono Award.

Anna Fernandez leads the Civil and Family sections of the practice.
Luis Fernandez heads the Criminal, Entertainment, and Election sections of the firm.

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Licensed for 43 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/23/2022

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Luis Fernandez, P.A.
2250 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite #303
Miami, FL, 33129

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Posted by Diego | March 25, 2015
A FIGHTER.
Luis Fernandez is an OUTSTANDING attorney. He is the fighter you want at your side when entering the court room. He was also the glue to our family when all seemed so dark.....and all this for a humble price. This guy walks in wielding his sword of Justice, kicking @$$ and taking names. All this while maintaining full and honest communication with his clients. WOW JUST WOW. Looking for a Champion? Want Justice served? Does it seem like the end? THIS IS YOUR REPRESENTATION RIGHT HERE. He is truly a MAESTRO at his craft.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2018
updated on 02/14/2018

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • GESE Pension Plan Board Trustee
  • City of Miami
  • 2014 - Present
  • Host
  • WLRN-Ante Usted
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Luis Fernandez, P.A.
  • 1979 - Present
  • Professor
  • Florida International University
  • 1987 - 1994
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • US v. Alexander M. Henry; Case Number: 11-60299-CR-ROSENBAUM
  • On the eve of trial, all charges were dropped against Mr. Henry
  • Francois Illas v. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera; Case Number: 12-36492-CA-30
  • Case went to trial. The Court ruled in our favor, and Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is currently a City of Doral Councilwomen!
  • Meek v. Martinez, 724 F. Supp. 888 - Dist. Court, SD Florida 1987
  • Case outcome resulted in the elderly minority receiving their proper share of government funds in the Miami-Dade County area
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Associations

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Willy Chirino Foundation
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Amnesty International
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Brigada de Asalto 2506 Award of Recognition
  • Brigada de Asalto 2506
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated for the 20th Consecutive Year
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Freedom of Speech and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Movimiento Democracia
  • 2002
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Project
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • 1995
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Project
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • 1994
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Project
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Project
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • 1992
  • Services to the Cuban Nation
  • Movimiento Insurreccional Martiano
  • 1984
  • Book Award for Criminal Clinic Prep Program
  • University of Florida
  • 1977
  • Spanish American Law Students Association Award
  • University of Florida
  • N/A
  • John Marshall Bar Association
  • University of Florida
  • N/A
  • Price Waterhouse Accounting Scholarship Award
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Miami News
  • Unmask Bigotry in Official English Ranks
  • 1988
  • The Florida Bar Journal
  • Principles of Juvenile Practice
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer he has extensive experience.."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Luis has the experience and dedication necessary to obtain positive results for his clients. He is extremely approachable and hands-on in the representation of a client's interests. Luis is a true professional and a fantastic ambassador of the profession."
General practice Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Luis has been practicing for years and is one of the TOP criminal defense attorneys in South Florida. He has grown his practice over the years and now handles several different types of litigation. You cannot go wrong with Luis Fernandez, P.A."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Family member
"Luis Fernandez is a well-known name in South Florida. He has tried numerous high profile cases from Texas to New York to Miami. In addition, he hosts the television show Ante Usted and appears on several other television and radio programs as an analyst and commentator. What sets Luis apart is his ability to be open and honest with his clients and persuasive in court. You cannot go wrong with this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this lawyer. Luis is incredibly knowledgeable, aggressive, and effective. He is who I would call if I needed a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Very passionate about what he does, and gets results. Best role-model anyone can ask for; best attorney anyone can have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law and procedure."
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Miami Criminal defense Lawyer Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez
Criminal defense Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 43 years