David W. Fermino’s practice is focused on white collar criminal defense, complex criminal and civil appeals in the state and federal courts, cybercrimes and data security incidents, and intellectual property.
David has tried numerous complex cases in state and federal courts. He also has significant appellate experience that includes an oral argument before the United States Supreme Court, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous three-judge panels of the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal that have resulted in noteworthy published opinions. David has handled death penalty cases at the trial level, direct appeal and habeas corpus stages.
Before going into private practice, David was a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles where he led the Capital Habeas Unit, providing representation in complex federal habeas corpus proceedings for inmates under sentence of death in California. David was also an Assistant Federal Public Defender in San Francisco, where he handled a broad spectrum of matters, including criminal tax matters, complex fraud matters, and major gun and drug trafficking cases. David also served as a law clerk to the Honorable George N. Leighton, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
David serves as Vice Chair of the Judicial Nominee Evaluation Committee of the State Bar of California, a prestigious 40-lawyer committee that assists the governor in the judicial selection process by providing independent, comprehensive, accurate and fair evaluations of candidates for judicial appointment and nomination.