Menaka N. Fernando

Menaka N. Fernando

San Francisco, California

MENAKA N. FERNANDO is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in San Francisco, where she represents individual employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Fernando worked as an associate at the Dolan Law Firm focusing on plaintiff-side employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Ms. Fernando also helped present “know your rights” seminars in the community. Previously, Ms. Fernando worked as an associate at Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP where she litigated employment and police excessive force cases. Ms. Fernando works actively on legislative campaigns on behalf of workers’ rights through the California Employment Lawyers Association and has testified several times before the California State Legislature.

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. Before law school, Ms. Fernando worked for international grassroots peace and justice organizations and worked as a paralegal at a civil rights law firm.

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)