Menaka N. Fernando

Menaka N. Fernando

San Francisco, California

MENAKA N. FERNANDO is a partner at Outten & Golden’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Groups. Ms. Fernando represents individual employees in negotiation and litigation in a variety of employment matters including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, family leave, and wage claims, among others. Ms. Fernando also focuses on representing executive and professional employees in negotiating employment, severance, and restrictive covenant agreements. Ms. Fernando employs an extremely client-centered approach to her practice and incorporates each client’s unique circumstances and goals to tailor strategies that work best for each individual. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Fernando has also been a policy crusader, lobbying and testifying before the California legislature to change the state’s employment laws. She is the current Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers’ Association and has worked on bills to strengthen the state’s anti-discrimination laws and harassment laws. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fernando worked at several plaintiff-side employment and civil rights law firms in California. Ms. Fernando received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2010.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Employee Rights

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Major: International Law
    • Law Review: Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Editor
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 2005

Published Works


  • Speaker: "HIV/AIDS Discrimination in Employment, Beyond Prevention: The Obstacles in Defeating HIV", UC Hastings, Women's Law Journal Annual Symposium
  • Speaker: "Pregnancy Discrimination Know Your Rights"
  • Moderator: "Religious Discrimination Panel", CELA, Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Los Angeles and San Francisco Public Defender's Offices, Intern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco


  • Sinhala
  • English (Primary)