The roots of Fernando’s longstanding interest in immigration law is both personal and academic. Growing up in a family who relocated first from Costa Rica to the USA, and later from the USA to Canada, Fernando developed a keen understanding of the challenges that immigrants seeking to establish themselves in a new country can face, as well as a strong desire to help them do so. Fernando studied History, Latin American Studies, and Philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, where he conducted original research on migration between Latin American countries. In 2017 Fernando attained a J.D. from the University of Toronto. During law school, Fernando was a Caseworker at the Refugee and Immigration Division of Downtown Legal Services (“DLS”). While at DLS, Fernando assisted low-income, disadvantaged clients with matters ranging from Humanitarian and Compassionate applications to applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. After law school, Fernando joined MSK LLP as an articling student and returned as an associate lawyer following his call to the bar.Fernando practices in all areas of Canadian immigration law, with a particular focus on litigation. He is passionate about helping clients navigate the complex and often daunting issues that can raise when obtaining or maintaining status in Canada. Fernando believes strongly that clear communication with the client is central to the role of a lawyer and so takes care to ensure that his clients understand the nuances of their case. Fernando is able to assist clients in English and Spanish.Outside of work, Fernando can often be found near a soccer field, either in the stands cheering on Toronto FC or playing with his amateur squad.