Jennifer G. Fernandez

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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Tampa, FL

The Fernandez Firm
 | 2503 W Swann Ave, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-436-3650
Fax: 813-228-6323
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    A native of Florida, Jennifer G. Fernandez is a co-founder of The Fernandez Firm that is based in Tampa and has offices throughout the state. A graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in journalism and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1990, she subsequently pursued her legal education at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. While she was in law school, she won several awards for her participation in mock trial competitions and clerked for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida before being awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1993.

    Ms. Fernandez focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, representing people across the state who have been harmed as a result of the negligence of other parties. She has been able to obtain millions of dollars through jury awards and negotiated settlements for her plaintiff clients, and her cases have included truck and other motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, boating accidents, nursing home negligence, and auto-pedestrian knockdowns. Ms. Fernandez has also worked on claims involving dangerous products, premises liability and animal bites. Her successful track record both in and out of the courtroom has earned her an “Excellent” peer review rating through Avvo and other positive recognition from her fellow members of the bar, including a Distinguished* peer review rating through Avvo.

    Ms. Fernandez is a former member of the board of directors of what is now known as the Florida Justice Association. She remains active in that organization as well as several others, including the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Ms. Fernandez is admitted to practice in Florida as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018

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    About Jennifer Fernandez

    Admitted: 1994, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fernandezfirm.com/attorney-jennifer-fernandez/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Stetson University, College of Law, Best Advocate in the 1993 Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Southeast Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition
    • “Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers”, National Register, 2012
    • Stetson University, College of Law, named Champion of the 1993 Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition
    • Stetson University, College of Law, Member of the College of Law’s award-winning 1993 National Trial Team
    • Ralph Harris Farrell Competition Award from Stetson College of Law
    • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Bronze EAGLE Award, 2001

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
    • Citizens Dispute Resolution, Mediator, 1995 – 1997; 2000
    • Orange County Bar Association, Fundraising Chair, 1997 – 1998
    • Orange County Bar Association, Fundraising Committee, 1996 – 1997
    • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Reception Committee, 2012
    • Florida Justice Association, Constitutional Challenge Committee, 1999 – 2000
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair, 2002 - 2003
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Board of Directors, 1997 – 2000
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Young Lawyers Section
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Secretary, 1999 – 2000
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), President-Elect, 2007 – 2008
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Women’s Caucus
    • Florida Bar, Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 2007 – 2008
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Medical Malpractice Committee Member, 2011 – 2012
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Board of Directors, 2007 – 2009; 2000 – 2002
    • Florida Bar, “First 150 Women Lawyers” Research Committee, 1999 - 2000
    • Florida Bar, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 2000 - 2003
    • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2001
    • American Association for Justice, Regional Coordinator, ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2000
    • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Founding Member
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Orange County (Florida) Bar Association
    • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
    • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
    • American Association for Justice
    • The Florida Bar
    • Florida Justice Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • “Art-Lando,” Chair, 1996 – 1998
    • Great Oaks Village “Day in the Park” Committee, 1996 – 1998
    • Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 1996 Psychological Injury Claims, presented Med Psych Corporation, Peter B. Silvain, Ph.D., June 1996.
    • 1995 Mild Traumatic Brain injury: Diagnosis and Treatment, presented by the Claims Analysis Center for Brain Injury and Mental Disorders, Michael E. Howard, Ph.D., August 1995.
    • 1995 Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Committee Annual Seminar, presented by the FMMCC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, September 1995.
    • 1999 Insurance Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Members Only, September 1999.
    • 1997 Collateral Sources Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, March 1997.
    • 1997 Annual Convention, presented by the American Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego, California, June 1997.
    • 1997 Direct and Cross Examination of Experts, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, October 1997.
    • 2015 29th Annual Workhorse Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, February 2015.
    • 1999 Advanced Trial Skills, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 1999.
    • 1999 Annual Convention, presented by the American Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California, June 1999.
    • 1999 Constitutional Analysis & Practical Considerations for Practicing Under the Tort Reform Act – for AFTL Members Only, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 1999.
    • 2000 Medical Malpractice, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, April 2000.
    • 2003 Medical Malpractice Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2003.
    • 2005 Collateral Sources Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, January 2005.
    • 2011 Greatest Secrets to Our Success, presented by the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, May 2011.
    • 2011 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice, New York, New York, July 9 – 13, 2011.
    • 2012 Medical Malpractice Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Orlando, Florida, December 2012.
    • 2013 E-Filing Training, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Tampa, Florida March 2013.
    • 2013 Winter Convention, American Association for Justice, Miami, Florida, February 2013.
    • 2013 Legislative and Case Law Update, presented by the Florida Justice Association, St. Petersburg, Florida June 2007.
    • 2017 Annual Review: Legislative and Case Law Update, presented by the Florida Justice Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, June 2017.
    • 2015 Annual Review: 2015 Legislative Changes, presented by the Florida Justice Association, June 2015.
    • 2016 Written Discovery: How to Draft to Get What You Need, presented by the Florida Justice Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 2016.
    • 2017 Women’s Caucus Retreat, presented by the Florida Justice Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, June 2017.
    • 2017 Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, June 2017.
    • 2018 Masters of Justice – Technology Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Tampa, Florida, October 2018.
    • 2017 National Pretrial Competition, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Florida, October 2017.
    • 2018 Social Media Discovery, Ethics, Evidence & Sanctions, presented by the Avalon Investigative Services, Tampa, Florida, February 2018.
    • Doing It All, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Women’s Caucus, February 2001, Speaker/Panelist – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez.
    • 2018 Masters of Justice – Medical Malpractice, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Tampa, Florida, October 2018.
    • 2019 Damages in Medical Negligence Cases, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Tampa, Florida, December 2018.
    • Women’s Caucus Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, West Palm Beach, Florida, June 2019.
    • Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, West Palm Beach, Florida, June 2019.
    • State of Florida v. Big Tobacco, an associate’s perspective, lecture presented at Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, March 1999, speaker – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • Medical Malpractice, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, April 1999, Moderator/Speaker – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • The Practicalities of Being a Young Lawyer, lecture presented at Barry University College of Law, Orlando, November 1999, Speaker/Author – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • Evidence for the Litigation Paralegal, hosted by the Institute for Paralegal Education, May 2000, Speaker/Author – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • 2000 Legislative and Case Law Update, – for AFTL Members Only, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, May 2000, Moderator – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • Civil Litigation for Paralegals and Legal Assistants, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, October 2000, program Chairperson/moderato – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.r
    • Handling Awkward Tasks and Client Problems in Front of the Jury, 2002 Workhorse Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February 2002, voting members only, Moderator – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • 2002 Collateral Sources Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, January 2002, program Chairperson/ Moderator – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Fernandez.
    • Innovations in Trial Advocacy, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2003, program Chairperson/Moderator – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez.
    • New Lurking Disasters with Pretrial Stipulations, Exhibits Lists and Witness Lists, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February 2003, Workhorse Seminar, voting members only, Speaker/Author – Tampa injury Attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez.
    • Cross Examination of the Defense Medical Expert, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, May 2004, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker/Author – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez.
    • Florida Justice Association, AFTL Journal Articles Editor, 1998 – 2000
    • Fear: Dealing with it and Using it to your Advantage in Trial, presented by the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, May 19, 2011, Greatest Secrets to Our Success seminar, Speaker/Author – Tampa injury Lawyer Jennifer Gentry Fernandez
    • Service of Process, Subpoenas and Jurisdictional Issues Involving Foreign Defendants, Out-of-State Witnesses and Cruise Line Excursions, presented by the Resort Tort Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, July 11, 2011, AAJ 2011 Annual Convention, Speaker/Author – Florida injury Attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez
    • Law Week, Participant/Presenter, 1995 – 1999
    • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Publications/Newsletter Co-Chair, 1999 – 2001

    Educational Background:

    • The University of Florida, Bachelors of Science degree, Journalism, 1990

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • FJA Women's Caucus
    • Florida Justice Association (FJA)
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    Office Location for Jennifer G. Fernandez

    2503 W Swann Ave
    Suite 100
    Tampa, FL 33609

    Phone: 813-436-3650

    Fax: 813-228-6323

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