Gonzalo Fernandez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard PC
 | 133 South 11th Street, Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-621-1252
Fax: 314-621-5705
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Civil Rights (0%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Gonzalo A. Fernandez, a partner at Devereaux, Stokes, Nolan, Fernandez & Leonard PC, is an astute and aggressive litigator for his clients in St. Louis, Missouri, and surrounding areas. He focuses his practice on plaintiff's personal injury law and civil rights law, with representative matters including wrongful death, medical malpractice, dangerous products, civil rights violations and abusive police practices.

Before going to law school, Mr. Fernandez first attended Boston College, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He then pursued his legal education at Washington University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1989. While attending law school, Mr. Fernandez completed a dual Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis, also receiving it in 1989.

Mr. Fernandez is licensed to practice law before all of the state courts of Missouri, Illinois and Colorado. He initially worked for Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, the world's biggest law firm that now has more than 4,000 attorneys in 47 countries. Mr. Fernandez left that position and returned to St. Louis to work as an assistant prosecutor in the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. After litigating more than 100 cases, Mr. Fernandez left for private practice and personal injury work. He has had numerous successful results, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invitation-only organization in which all members must have secured settlements or verdicts of at least $1 million. Additionally, he has earned a rating of 10.0 from his peers through Avvo.

Dedicated to the law, Mr. Fernandez is an active participant in several professional organizations. His memberships include the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the American Association for Justice and the Hispanic National Bar Association, among others. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Wrongful Death

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Products Liability

Civil Rights (0%)

Focus Areas

Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019

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About Gonzalo Fernandez

Admitted: 1990, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://stltriallawyers.com/our-team/gonzalo-a-fernandez/


  • Best Lawyers Alive Magazine
  • Super Lawyers
  • Top Attorneys In Missouri and Kansas

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Chair
  • Hispanic Bar Association Of St. Louis
  • Hispanic National Bar
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Association
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Colorado, 2001
  • Illinois, 1989
  • Missouri, 1990

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Accion Social Comunitaria
  • Board of Directors, St. Louis Downtown YMCA


  • Paul Boyce v. Johnny ThornburghOur client was seriously injured by a falling piece of sheet metal while working at a factory. The case was tried and we received a judgment in favor of our client in the amount of 11 million dollars., 2015
  • Wei Wu v. Ryder Truck et al., 330 SW3d 546 (Mo. App. E.D. – 2010)This was a truck accident case in which our client received serious injuries after the tractor trailer he was in rolled over on the Poplar Street Bridge. The case was tried and we received a judgment in favor of our client Wei Wu in the amount of $13,803,203.46. His wife Xioyan Gu received another 1,500,000.00, 2010


  • Matthew Scott v. SSM Healthcare et al, 70 SW3d 560 (Mo. App. E.D. 2010) – 4.95 Million DollarsThis was a medical negligence case in which we represented a young man who presented to the Emergency Room with signs and symptoms of a serious brain infection, which we alleged the treating doctors failed to timely diagnose and treat. After a nearly two week trial the jury ruled in favor of our clients and awarded nearly 5 million dollars in damages. The trial court was forced to reduce the amount of damages by several million dollars because of a Missouri law that limits the amount of damages a plaintiff may receive from any one defendant in a medical malpractice case. This case was appealed all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court and resulted in a historic decision in our favor which changed the law in Missouri with respect to how much money a plaintiff could receive in damages from a defendant in these types of cases. The case continues to be widely cited by courts and scholarly publications throughout the country., 2010

Educational Background:

  • Boston College, B.A., 1985
  • Washington University in St. Louis, MBA, 1989

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • MATA
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Office Location for Gonzalo Fernandez

133 South 11th Street
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: 314-621-1252

Fax: 314-621-5705

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Last Updated: 8/6/2018

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