I’m Gonzalo Fernandez, and I’m a partner at the law firm Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, & Leonard. We’ve been helping the victims of negligence and their families since the mid-1970s. One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “When lawyers talk about a wrongful death case, what does that mean?” It sounds confusing, and… Read More »


The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Regional Sports Authority have filed a 52-page petition against the NFL, the 32 NFL teams and their individual owners, asking for damages based on the Ram’s leaving St. Louis for their new home in Los Angeles. The lawsuit has five separate counts: breach of contract,… Read More »


As Trump enters his second month in office it has become very apparent that he intends on fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign to “crack down” on illegal immigration. His recent executive orders barring immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries has been front page news for the past month. What has been somewhat… Read More »

Wrongful Death and Documentary Films

I recently learned of an interesting and very tragic story involving a wrongful death lawsuit. The wrongful death incident happened in 2012 but has new heightened awareness thanks to a husband and wife filmmaking duo who created a documentary called Audrie and Daisy – a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Pick. The film sheds light on… Read More »

Personal Injury – The Spookiest Part Of Halloween

The scariest part of Halloween for most people might be having their house covered in eggs or their car toilet-papered. For personal injury lawyers, however, All Hallows’ Eve presents its own unique legal challenges. To start, Halloween presents legal cases that simply do not exist at any other time of the year. For example, in… Read More »

Questions To Ask When Hiring An Attorney

A friend recently asked me, “what are the top three things I should be thinking about when hiring an attorney?” He is not a lawyer, and I know he was looking for help navigating through a complicated and cluttered space and hoping for a simple answer or formula. The truth is that while there is… Read More »

When Technology And Teens Are A Good Mix

What does the future look like with Chevy’s teen driver technology? Now that I have a daughter in high school, I becoming more aware of teens and driving, and the “distracted driving” problems that are an epidemic, thanks to smart phones and the constant need for this young demographic to be social every minute of the… Read More »

Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?

School Buses – Where Are The Seat Belts? Ever wonder why most school buses do not have seat belts? Federal law requires seat belts in buses under 10,000 pounds. However, the only buses under that weight limit are the 12 seater buses that are infrequently used. 80% of the school buses are the long, standard… Read More »

Hit-and-Run Car Accidents – Legal Perspective

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old suspect in St. Louis was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a fatal hit-and-run. The accident took the life of a 12-year-old boy. The suspect was driving at a high speed and continued on after hitting the pedestrian. Eventually, they located his car and he was tracked… Read More »