Dorothy L. Fernandez


Adjunct Professor of Law

faculty bio

Dorothy Fernandez has over fifteen years of experience as a litigator in both state and federal courts. After law school she started her career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP in Palo Alto and then joined the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she became partner in 2004. While in private practice, she represented numerous companies and their officers and directors in shareholder class actions, derivative actions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, and internal investigations. She also has worked on a variety of pro bono matters including an amicus brief filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on behalf of a Chilean lesbian who had lost custody of her children because of her sexual orientation, as well as work on an amicus brief in Strauss v. Horton, the case that challenged Proposition 8 in Californias Supreme Court.

Dorothy is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and served on Morrison & Foersters diversity strategy committee, as well as acted as a mentor to both summer associates and junior associates. She also has a long-standing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. After law school, she served as a board member of the Pride Law Fund and, more recently, of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Dorothy left private practice in 2012.In addition to teaching at Golden Gate Law School, Dorothy also has been a lecturer at Santa Clara University Law School.Dorothy graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in psychology and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996.