Fernandez Anderson studied Business Management at West Virginia Institute of Technology and he obtained his Certified Structured Settlement Consultant designation from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business.
Mr. Anderson has previously worked as a financial consultant for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter Reynolds, and New York Life. In 1989, Mr. Anderson began his career as a Settlement Consultant, where his primary focus has been serving plaintiff attorneys throughout the southeastern region of the country. He was one of the first consultants to introduce the idea of utilizing U.S. Government Bonds to settle a large personal injury case. In 1998, he helped negotiate the settlement of the fifth largest verdict ($144.8 million) in the country. This was the largest settlement of a single wrongful death case in Mississippi’s history. In the same case, he assisted in getting two additional seven-figure settlements with Ford Motor Company. More recently, he was instrumental in a $147 million case involving two aerospace companies and helping the individual plaintiffs secure a structured settlement with the use of a fixed annuity, which is a tax-advantaged product. He was one of the first to help implement a qualified settlement fund (468B Trust) in a products liability case involving numerous estates and claimants. With Mr. Anderson’s wealth of knowledge around how to position insurance products and his ability to work hand-in-hand with attorneys, he’s helped position more than $300 million in structured settlements and other tax-advantaged products for personal injury, wrongful death, attorney fees, and non-qualified business.
Mr. Anderson brings a unique approach to the settlement planning and consulting industry because of his tenure and broad background in the financial services industry. He has utilized numerous products and services to help claimants and attorneys reach their goals and objectives in individual and mass tort cases.
Mr. Anderson is a licensed insurance agent and a professional member in good standing of the National Structured Settlements Trade Association and a Founding Member of The Society of Settlement Planners. He has been a frequent guest speaker and lecturer before bar associations and law firms throughout the country on the concept of incorporating life insurance into the settlement process. Included, but not limited to are: the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) where he lectured on mass tort settlements at the 2004 Annual Convention; Gate City Bar Association; the Magnolia Bar Association; and the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, where he lectured on the use of structured settlements in medical malpractice cases.
Fernandez has worked with many of the most successful plaintiff attorneys throughout the southeast in becoming a vital member of their extended team in not only helping them settle cases but in forming synergistic partnerships that have resulted in lucrative settlements for all parties, and more importantly, securing the settlement proceeds of their clients.
When not working with his clients, Fernandez enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.