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Zoraida Fernandez
  • Criminal Law, Employment Law, Education Law
  • California, Massachusetts
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Summary

Attorney Zoraida Fernandez practices criminal defense and civil litigation. Zoraida understands that clients come to her when they are in crisis, whether it’s because they are facing criminal prosecution, are at risk of losing or have lost their jobs, or have otherwise been deprived of their civil rights and liberties. Her clients’ goals are of paramount concern and dictate the strategy and approach in each of her cases. In 2018, Zoraida was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Zoraida worked with the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN). With IPMN, she worked with a coalition of prosecutors, defense attorneys, state crime labs, and the trial courts in conducting a comprehensive review of state homicide and criminal sexual conduct convictions from 1981 to 1999 to determine whether any innocent defendants could be exonerated through current DNA testing technology. Before joining IPMN, Zoraida clerked for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the Eastern District of Michigan. While in law school, Zoraida represented children and parents in the child welfare system as part of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic as well as low-income clients in family law matters at Essex-Newark Legal Services in Newark, New Jersey. Zoraida received the Dean’s Public Interest Fellowship to work at the Texas Civil Rights Project, where she helped Texas residents vindicate their federal and state civil rights.

Zoraida is a native Spanish speaker.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Education Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
- Current
Law Clerk to the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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Law Clerk
Texas Civil Rights Project
Legal Intern
Essex-Newark Legal Services
Education
University of Michigan Law School
J.D. (2008)
Honors: cum laude
Brown University
B.A. (2003)
Awards
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
Boston Bar Association
Member
Current
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
Member
Current
Women's Bar Association
Member
Current
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Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
USA
Telephone: (617) 742-6020
Fax: (617) 742-3269