Judge Fernando Lazaro Aenlle-Rocha, who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961, received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1983 and his J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 1986. After passing the California bar in 1987, he worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney from 1987-1990, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami from 1990-1994 and then in Los Angeles from 1994-1999. He began his work in private practice starting as an Associate at Stephan, Oringher, Richman & Theodora PC from 1999-2000 before joining McDermott, Will & Emery LLP as a Partner from 2000-2005, and then serving as a Partner at White & Case LLP from 2005-2017. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017, and is a Republican.


Statute of Limitations for Government Enforcement Actions Seeking Civil Penalties Starts When Conduct Occurs, Not When Discovered

Prosecution for Attempted TARP Fraud

Co-author of Up to Twenty Years in Prison: The Criminalization of US Customs Violations - Law 360

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Stock Option Backdating – Crossing the Line - California Litigation Report

The Stock Option Backdating Scandal: Taking Steps to Avoid Prosecution

Correspondent Banking After September 11 - Los Angeles Lawyer


2018 Certificate of Appreciation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

2010-2017 Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White-Collar

2005-2017 Southern California Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense: White-Collar

2011, 2012, 2014 White & Case Pro Bono Award

2011 Golden Apple Award from La Canada Unified School District

1998 Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice

1998 Commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1998 Commendation from the United States Customs Service

1998 Commendation from the Drug Enforcement Administration

1998 Commendation from the Internal Revenue Service

1998 Commendation from the United States Pretrial Services Office

1996 Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice

1993 Outstanding Performance from the U.S. Department of Justice

1992 Commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1988 Commendation from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

1983-1985 Minority Fellowship to University of California – Berkeley School of Law

1984-1986 Moot Court Board at University of California – Berkeley School of Law

1984 Moot Court Commendation for Writing and Oral Advocacy at University of California – Berkeley School of Law

1982-1983 Parker D. Handy 1879 Memorial Scholarship at Princeton University

1982 Woodrow Wilson School Thesis Research Award at Princeton University

1981-1982 Class of 1924 Scholarship at Princeton University


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