John R. Fernandez

John R. Fernandez

Dentons

Taking bold action and disrupting the status quo have defined John’s career as a senior leader in government, the private sector and now as US Chief Innovation Officer and Partner for Dentons.

John is a driving force in the firm’s strategy to reinvent the business of law.  As Global Chair of Nextlaw Labs, an independent legal tech venture development platform, he works closely with the firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify investment and co-development opportunities for new technologies that will deliver greater client value and transform the legal industry.

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate, John served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  He was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s regional innovation strategies.  With nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience, this former mayor, Federal economic development leader and collaboration expert has an exceptional ability to work with diverse constituencies, manage complex issues and produce compelling results.