Biography

 

Joseph W. Fernandez has been practicing law in the State of Iowa for more than 10 years. Licensed to practice in all Iowa district courts and Federal district courts, Mr. Fernandez began his career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Donald E. O'Brien, Senior Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa- specifically Sioux City. A member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Iowa Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and the local (Iowa) NELA. Mr. Fernandez began his litigation career in central Iowa assisting in the representation of the Hon. Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General for the State of Iowa in litigation against the tobacco industry. For the past five years, Mr. Fernandez, an active participant in the Blackstone Inns of Court and affiliate of the American Inns of Court, has been trying a range of civil litigation cases in Iowa. His practice has been general in nature, with a concentration in the areas of family law (dissolution, modifications, child custody and juvenile matters), personal injury and Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Mr. Fernandez resides in West Des Moines. He is active in his community. He is a former president of the Des Moines Jaycees (2001), a long-time member of the Traditional and Knights of Columbus choirs at the Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines. Mr. Fernandez is also an avid bicycler and a frequent participant in RAGBRAI and the BRR ride.





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