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Fernando Aenlle-Rocha

Fernando Aenlle-Rocha

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: October 11, 2019




Judge Fernando Aenlle-Rocha was appointed by California Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown to the Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2017. Since then, Judge Aenlle-Rocha has had criminal and civil assignments on the court, and has presided over approximately 40 civil and criminal bench and jury trials. In January 2019, Judge Aenlle-Rocha was assigned to a civil court in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse presiding over trials in unlawful detainer actions.

Judge Fernando Aenlle-Rocha started his career in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. During his time in that Office, from 1987 to 1990, he served in the Major Fraud and Central Felony Trial units, and handled more than 30 felony and misdemeanor jury trials. From 1990 to 1999, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and the Central District of California. He tried 11 federal criminal cases and received a Director's Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.

From there, Judge Aenlle-Rocha spent 18 years in corporate law practice as a partner at two international law firms. From 2000 to 2005, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. From 2005 to 2017, he led the west coast white collar corporate defense practice for White & Case LLP. He served on White & Case's Diversity Committee and was a pro bono leader. He was also on the trial team that helped overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a federal law that prohibited gay service members from serving openly in the military. In addition, he served as deputy general counsel to the Los Angeles County Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence. He was president of the Mexican American Bar Foundation from 2008 to 2016 and served as chair of the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board for the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese from 2010 to 2017.

Judge Aenlle-Rocha is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.  

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