Seat 67
Los Angeles Superior Court

Fernanda Maria Barreto is currently a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County assigned to the Pasadena Branch in the Victim Impact Program. She has worked tirelessly for 16 years to protect particularly vulnerable populations and handles felony cases involving child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse.  As a Deputy District Attorney, Fernanda Barreto has represented the people of Los Angeles in courts all over the county, which have included the San Fernando Branch, Antelope Valley Juvenile, Sylmar Juvenile, Alhambra Branch, East LA Area Court, Central Trials and the El Monte Area Court. She has tried over eighty-five cases to verdict, including complex procedural matters requiring subject matter experts, bifurcated trials, and dual juries.  Throughout her legal career, Fernanda Maria Barreto has taken great pride in helping victims of crimes become survivors while also building a reputation as a fair prosecutor, willing to find equitable resolutions to achieve justice. 

The Los Angeles County Bar Association has rated Fernanda Barreto "Well Qualified" for the position of Superior Court Judge. To be “Well Qualified,” the candidate must possess the professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of superior fitness to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness.  It is these traits that have garnered her the endorsements of the Los Angeles Times, Daily Breeze (Torrance), Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star News, Whittier Daily News, The Press-Telegram (Long Beach), San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and most recently, the Metropolitan News (MetNews).  She has also been endorsed by over 100 Superior Court Judges, Elected Officials, and political organizations (Local 721 SEIU, the L.A. Fed, the California Latino Judges Association, the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee, etc.) for judicial seat 67. She is most proud of the endorsement of civil rights icon Dolores Huerta.

Fernanda Maria Barreto was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican and Brazilian parents.  As a first-generation American, education was something that her immigrant parents placed a lot of value on.  She attended Pomona College and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Politics and Media Studies. Influenced by her family history, Fernanda made it a goal to go to law school and use her degree to better the lives of the community around her.  She received her Law Degree from Loyola Law School in 2005, where she was a member of the Thomas More Honor Society and the Hispanic Moot Court. 

Outside of the courtroom, Fernanda Maria Barreto has dedicated herself to helping others pursue their academic dreams.  While in college, she tutored students for Upward Bound at the Claremont Colleges and during law school, volunteered to speak to at-risk youth. Fernanda spent the last decade sharing her knowledge of the law as a Professor at the California School of Law where she taught core the first-year Criminal law class and upper-level Evidence and Criminal Procedure. 

Fernanda Barreto is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association. When she is not in the courtroom or classroom, Fernanda spends her free time with her hilarious husband, her two energetic children, and her loving parents.

A career prosecutor, Fernanda Maria Barreto is currently a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County assigned to the Pasadena Branch in the Victim Impact Program (VIP). The VIP assignment remains one of the most challenging in the DA’s Office because deputies must have extensive knowledge of sex crimes, family violence, child abuse, elder abuse, stalking, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Fernanda has worked tirelessly for over 15 years to protect particularly vulnerable populations by handling complex felony cases including murder, rape, and domestic violence.

Throughout her legal career, Fernanda has taken great pride in helping victims of crimes become survivors of crime, while also building a reputation as being a fair prosecutor, willing to find equitable resolutions to achieve justice. Given her extensive knowledge, Fernanda has presented several of her cases to specialized councils such as the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ICAN) Death Review Team, the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Multidisciplinary Team on child abuse, the Domestic Violence Death Review Team, and the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center. Fernanda was even a presenter at ICAN’s Nexus Conference in 2018.

Fernanda was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican and Brazilian parents.  As a first-generation American, education was something that her immigrant parents valued greatly.  Fernanda attended Pomona College and where she double majored in Politics and Media Studies. Influenced by her family history, Fernanda made it a goal to go to law school and use her degree to better the lives of the community around her.  She received her Law Degree from Loyola Law School in 2005, where she was a member of the Thomas More Honor Society and the Hispanic Moot Court.

Outside of the courtroom, Fernanda has dedicated herself to helping others pursue their academic dreams. While in college, she tutored students for Upward Bound at the Claremont Colleges and during law school, volunteered to speak to at-risk youth. Fernanda has spent the last decade sharing her knowledge of the law as a Professor at the California School of Law where she teaches a core first-year Criminal law class and upper-level Evidence and Criminal Procedure.

Fernanda believes that every person deserves equal justice under the law and commits to treating every person in her courtroom with fairness, dignity, and respect. That commitment was recognized by being awarded the Compassionate Partners Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2008.

Fernanda is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association. When she is not in the courtroom or classroom, Fernanda spends her free time with her hilarious husband, her two energetic children, and her loving parents.