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Alfredo G. Fernández


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Alfredo Fernández advises regional and national manufacturing, technology, education and real estate organizations with a focus on environmental and international trade matters.

As a member of the firm’s national Environmental Practice, Alfredo advises clients across industry types on environmental, health and safety issues that arise in all areas of business operations, including regulatory compliance, transactional due diligence, management and remediation of contaminated properties, dispute resolution and crisis management.  One area of focus is industrial and specialty chemical compliance, in which Alfredo guides clients through market evaluation, chemical/disinfectant product registration, hazard communication and labeling.  Alfredo also counsels private and public entities regarding abatement of hazardous materials/conditions (e.g., asbestos, lead, PCBs, PFAS, microbes including SARS-CoV-2, radon, mold, indoor air quality).

Leading the firm’s international trade practice, Alfredo also advises companies on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other matters affecting international trade and business, including economic sanctions programs, multilateral trade agreements, foreign investment, foreign employment, anti-bribery programs, customs/imports, and anti-boycott regulations.

In both practice areas, Alfredo assists manufacturers, public and independent schools, colleges and universities, developers and property owners with internal investigations, voluntary disclosures and licenses/permits, transactions and business opportunities, internal compliance policies and agency inspection and enforcement proceedings.

Alfredo strives to understand a client’s business needs and find a pragmatic solution within the framework of the law. He is described by his peers and clients alike as a transparent and attentive strategist, dedicated to his client’s best interests. He understands the complexities of highly nuanced legal structures and sees value in providing thoughtful advice while mitigating the potential risks inherent in the various industries that he counsels.

Prior to joining the firm, Alfredo worked as an aerospace engineer for a leading aircraft engine manufacturer.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: International (2016-2020)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers Ones to Watch®: Environmental Law (2021)
  • Listed in Latino Leaders Magazine Lawyers to Keep on the Watch (2020)
  • UConn Law Alumni Association - Graduate of the Last Decade Impact Award (2019)
  • American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award (2016)

Teaching Positions

  • Western New England School of Law, International Business Transactions: Guest Lecturer
  • Connecticut College, Law, Science and the Environment: Guest Lecturer

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association: Board Member and Past President
  • Connecticut District Export Council
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Environmental Law Section
  • Prospanica Connecticut
  • Society of International Affairs
  • American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division; The Young Lawyer, Associate Editor
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut
  • Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court
  • Export Legal Assistance Network: Advisor
  • National Business Officers Association

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Greater Hartford: Quest Class of 2020
  • Compass Youth Collaborative, Inc.: Board Member 2014-2018
  • Connecticut Invention Convention: Volunteer Judge
  • Special Olympics of Connecticut: Events Volunteer
  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Statewide Legal Services of CT, Inc. Pro Bono Security Deposit Clinic
  • Hartford Public Library: Pro Bono Naturalization Clinic


December 1, 2020  Important Notice about EPA Compliance & Enforcement Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
October 20, 2020  CFIUS Regulations Applicable to Real Estate Transactions
October 8, 2020  Transfer Act Changes and Plans for New Release-Based Program -- Unfinished Business Remains
August 4, 2020  Safety, Health & Environmental Considerations for School Reopenings
June 24, 2020  Does Your Workforce's Use of Cloth Face Masks Satisfy OSHA Rules and Guidance?
May 1, 2020  If COVID Isn't Enough…Multi-Family Property Owners/Managers Beware: NYC Prioritizes Lead-Based Paint Enforcement
April 22, 2020  FDA Issues EUA for Limited Use Face Masks
April 10, 2020  COVID-19: Funding for Manufacturers Producing Critical Medical Equipment and Supplies
April 9, 2020  EPA Loosens Regulatory Requirements for Disinfectant Manufacturers
April 6, 2020  Connecticut Environmental Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 27, 2020  COVID-19 Update: N95 Masks and PPE: Guidelines for Use And Importation
March 23, 2020  Executive Order No. 7J: New DECD Guidance and Rules of the Road for "Stay Safe, Stay Home"
March 21, 2020  COVID-19 Update: Connecticut's "Stay Safe – Stay at Home Order"
March 21, 2020  Current "Essential Services and Goods" Under Executive Order 7H
March 12, 2020  Coronavirus Causing Disruptions Along Global Supply Chains
February 4, 2020  Pay Attention to PFAS
February 3, 2020  Recent Amendments to the CT Transfer Act: A Small Step in the Right Direction for Manufacturers
January 28, 2020  The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: What's New and What's Next for Manufacturers?
December 12, 2019  Governor Lamont Releases PFAS Task Force Action Plan
October 24, 2019  Considering Artificial Turf? Pause for PFAS First
September 9, 2019  PFAS: What's All the PFUSS?
June 10, 2019  Legislature Passes Key Amendments to the Connecticut Transfer Act
January 31, 2019  EPA Finalizes Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals - But is it Helpful?
December 11, 2018  Expansion of CFIUS Oversight of Certain Non-Controlling Foreign Investments
July 23, 2018  Picking The Better Bad Option: EU Proposes New Blocking Statute in Response to US Withdrawal from JCPOA
October 4, 2017  New Sanctions Against North Korea Issued by the United States
August 29, 2016  Compliance Conundrum -- Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination: Find a Win in a Lose-Lose Scenario
July 11, 2016  Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention
February 8, 2016  Changes to Iran Sanctions Provide a Few Business Opportunities, but Many Hurdles

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January 27, 2021  Manufacturing Virtual Series PART 2: Emerging Compliance and Legal Threats to Manufacturers
January 14, 2021  Webinar: EPA Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Initiative Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
December 2, 2020  Manufacturing Virtual Series: The Future of Supply Chain
August 28, 2020  How to Connect with the Legal Community Now
June 9, 2020  Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures
June 2, 2020  Webinar: Exporter Readiness Requirements for CMMC/NIST
May 12, 2020  Webinar: Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
July 17, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: General Counsel Briefing: Your Controlled Information and the "Insider Threat"
May 29, 2019  Leading the Way
May 1, 2019  Taking Your Business Global: A Series of Six Export Training Workshops
April 29, 2019  Connecticut Export Week 2019: Executive Export Forum
September 18, 2018  USA-Australia Defense Trade Summit
June 15, 2018  U.S. Commercial Service Procurement Conference
June 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Export Controls in the Cloud
March 22, 2018  Connecticut Export Week 2018: Doing Business with NATO - Shipman & Goodwin Hartford Office
March 21, 2018  Connecticut Export Week 2018: Doing Business with NATO - Shipman & Goodwin Stamford Office
March 20, 2018  Connecticut Export Week 2018: CEOs and Managers Export Forum
August 17, 2017  Webinar: Export Controls in the Cloud
August 10, 2017  Webinar: Deemed Exports and Utilizing Research Universities
August 1, 2017  Webinar: Considerations for Exporting to China
July 27, 2017  Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures
July 20, 2017  Webinar: Destination Control Statements
June 8, 2017  Webinar: Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
November 8, 2016  Webinar: Update your Destination Control Statement (DCS)
October 11, 2016  Webinar: Compliance Conundrum--Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination
June 12-14, 2016  Legal Aspects of Trade: What is at Risk, Why Do We Care, What are We Doing About it?
March 17, 2016  The International Concerns of Global Business in Aerospace and Defense

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of Michigan, B.S., 2008, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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