From 1990 through 1999, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) and Southern District of Florida (Miami) where he conducted numerous trials and directed complex federal grand jury investigations. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Major Fraud and Central Trial Units of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha has conducted over forty criminal jury trials in state and federal courts.
In 1997, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha served as lead prosecutor and trial counsel in United States v. Rayhani, et. al., and successfully obtained the conviction of an international money laundering "kingpin" and four of his co-conspirators after a two and one-half month jury trial. For his work in the Rayhani case, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha received the 1998 United States Department of Justice Director's Award, awarded annually by the Attorney General of the United States and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, along with commendations from various federal law enforcement agencies. He has also lectured on the use of foreign wiretaps and other evidence gathered abroad. In 1999, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha traveled to Venezuela on behalf of the United States Department of Justice to assist with the training of Venezuelan prosecutors.
Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha served as a partner in another international firm's White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group, where he regularly represented clients in civil and criminal investigations and trials in various sectors including financial institutions, health care providers, lawyers and corporate officers and directors in connection with federal and state banks, health care, securities, tax and environmental fraud investigations. In addition, Mr. Aenlle-Rocha has served as an expert witness in various lawsuits on the topics of internal corporate investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and asset forfeiture.
Committed to issues of diversity and community service within the legal profession, Fernando has served as President of the Mexican American Bar Foundation since 2008, is currently the Chair of the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and serves as a member of White and Case’s Diversity Committee. Fernando’s pro bono work is also noteworthy, working on numerous matters, including serving as deputy general counsel to the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, and serving as a pro bono leader at the firm.