Fernando M. Leal is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of successfully achieving desired results and objectives for clients. With his extensive experience in litigation and trial, Fernando has prosecuted and defended high profile cases from both sides of the courtroom. Because the unique strategies developed and used by Fernando resulted in favorable outcomes, Verdict Search has published many of his jury verdicts.
Before joining Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP, Fernando served as in-house counsel for Allstate and handled all aspects of the company’s negligence matters in defense of their insureds, including settlement negotiations, arbitration, mediations, and trials. After his role at Allstate, Fernando was retained as outside counsel for State Farm, Hereford Insurance, American Transit Insurance Company, QBE Insurance Company, AmTrust Insurance and the New York State Liquidation Fund. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in all forms of personal injury litigation and has in-depth experience handling most types of motor vehicle accidents, premises cases, worksite accidents, and property damage subrogation matters.
With particular expertise in analyzing the details of a case, and structuring trial preparation from the plaintiff’s perspective, Fernando has the proven ability to design a strategy that leverages a client’s case through identifying opportune vulnerabilities. Fernando has conducted numerous depositions, taken several cases to successful verdicts and is a Small Claims Arbitrator for the Civil Court of the City of New York.
When not in the office, Fernando is a frequent legal contributor on The Lawyers Den, a show on IBMTV.tv, which discuss the relevant legal topics of the day. He is active mentoring members of Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity, of which he is a member. He spends time with his nieces and nephew. He is an avid Mets, Steelers, Knicks and Rangers fan.