Weintraub Tobin Names Jennel Fernandez as Chief Administrative Officer
Published: January 24, 2024
Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Jennel Fernandez has been named Chief Administrative Officer of the Firm. As CAO, Jennel will dedicate her time, skills, and experience to improving firmwide operational efficiency and to supporting the leadership priorities of the Firm’s Managing Board. An eleven-year member of Weintraub’s administrative team, Jennel most recently served as Director of Human Resources.
“Jennel is an extraordinary administrator,” said Managing Shareholder Gary Bradus. “Her highly strategic organizational skills and her experience in people management are a unique and powerful combination. We look forward to her innovative solutions.”
Early in her career, Jennel transitioned from recruiting to human resources, working first with a municipal consulting firm and then in the legal field. At Weintraub, she created HR policies and procedures, revamped the recruiting process, set up performance review and management, and built an HR team to fulfill the needs of an expanding law firm. Jennel led her department and the Firm through the difficult and constantly changing regulatory landscape of the Covid pandemic, and created a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.
Jennel’s understanding of how HR professionals in California engage with complex employment law at every turn inspired her to enroll at Tulane Law School. In 2023, she completed a two-year online program to achieve her Master’s of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law. The Tulane program integrated the study of employment law with its practical application in the modern, evolving workplace, providing a valuable foundation for her new role.
“As CAO, I have the opportunity to work with talented attorneys and staff at Weintraub to manage day-to-day business operations, anticipate challenges, and ensure the effective integration of systems, processes, and people,” said Fernandez. “My goal is to provide strategic solutions based on industry best practices and trends to foster productivity while keeping people first.”