Fernando Gaytan is the Director of Legal Trainings and Professional Development at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Previously, Fernando served as Deputy Director for the organization and prior to that, as Managing Attorney of the South Los Angeles office and Housing and Communities Workgroup, where he led LAFLA’s affirmative housing litigation and policy work as well as community development. Fernando believes in improving the lives of poor and low-income individuals through dedicated and strategic legal advocacy to enforce their rights and create better opportunities for health and financial well-being.
Prior to LAFLA, he was an associate at the law firm Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLC and specialized in representing workers in cases involving gender and race discrimination in the workplace. Fernando joined LAFLA in 2008 after working as co-counsel with LAFLA on a habitability lawsuit involving enforcement of key tenant protection afforded by local law. He has also litigated fair housing cases in both federal and state court. In 2016, Fernando received the Attorney Merit Award from the Legal Aid Association of California. Fernando earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his JD from USC School of Law.