Currently, D’Andre Fernandez is an Assistant Bar Counsel in the Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP) of the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) and the Office of Bar Counsel (OBC), where he investigates initial complaints against attorneys for ethical misconduct.
Prior to working for the BBO, Mr. Fernandez was an Assistant Attorney General for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General for over five years. Mr. Fernandez served in the Criminal Bureau in the
Enterprise, Major, & Cyber Crime Division, prosecuting drug and gun trafficking cases, along with child pornography matters for a couple of years and he also served in the Civil Rights Division for over three years, in the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau where he enforced state and federal civil rights laws in Superior Court, investigated and mediated complaints from the general public and advocacy groups. Mr. Fernandez lead an investigation into employers across the state who were in violation of Massachusetts various CORI laws which resulted in the AGO’s first enforcement action regarding the “Ban the Box” statute.
Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Fernandez was a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, supervising Pro Se Litigant Clinics and representing individuals in divorce, guardianship, child support, alimony, custody, parenting time and equity matters. Prior to that, Mr. Fernandez was a staff attorney in the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Service in Norfolk County, where he represented indigent clients in all aspects of criminal cases including arraignments, dispositions, trials, probation surrender hearings and Section 35 commitment proceedings.
Mr. Fernandez has served as the youngest Worshipful Master in the history of Mt. Zion Lodge, 15 of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts. A Boston native and resident, Mr. Fernandez is a graduate of Boston College Law School (2010) and Howard University (2006, magna cum laude). Currently, Mr. Fernandez serves as the President for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and was a Co-Chair of the Student Support Committee for the previous six years. In addition, Mr. Fernandez was a Co-Chair of the Government Lawyers Forum for the BBA.
Lastly, Mr. Fernandez received the “2018 GK25 Who Is Who” Award and was chosen as one of the 25 Most Influential Millennials of Color in Boston by Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. (CPC) and Get Konnected! In addition, Mr. Fernandez, in 2019, was chosen as an honoree at the annual “Excellence in the Law” event, presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for being an “Up and Coming Lawyer.”
*Mr. Fernandez loves his Boston Sports teams, in particular the Boston Celtics (#banner18) and the New England Patriots. He is also very fond of the worldwide acclaimed poet Nas and the internationally esteemed Wu-Tang Clan, among others.