José W. Hernandez

Partner

Credentials

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
  • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. 1994
  • Rutgers University, B.A. 1989
  • American Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Burlington County Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Association for Justice

About José

José, a certified trial attorney concentrating in personal injury litigation has 27 years of experience and aggressively protects the rights of those who have been injured by the negligence of others in areas including significant motor vehicle accidents, nursing home negligence, workers’ compensation, product liability, medical malpractice, construction site injuries, trucking accidents, premise liability cases, commercial litigation and criminal defense. José’s dedication to his craft have resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars for his clients.  As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a designation held by less than 2.5% of all lawyers in New Jersey, José is referred clients from other lawyers who trust Jose’s experience and his creative, zealous, aggressive and passionate advocacy with every case he personally handles. José is also routinely consulted by other attorneys to assist them with the preparation of their cases for mediations and trial.

José has represented clients in State and Federal courts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and in Colorado Federal Court, and has worked for some of the top law firms in South Jersey where he gained considerable experience handling complex cases involving catastrophic injuries. He now puts that wealth of experience to work for clients of Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen.  José is a fearless and passionate trial lawyer and regularly takes on difficult and complex cases other lawyers refuse to take.  José has served the community as a municipal court public defender and as a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics, District I Ethics Committee.  He is a frequent speaker in ethics seminars and teaches trial advocacy to lawyers throughout New Jersey.  José is also a proud member of the New Jersey Association for Justice and sits on its Board of Governors.

José is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is rigorously limited to attorneys who have litigated cases that resulted in recoveries of one million dollars or more. José has made recoveries in excess of one million dollars in cases involving premise liability, automobile accidents, construction site cases, tractor trailer accidents and forklift accidents. In 2016  Jose obtained a top 100 verdict in New Jersey.  More recently José recovered $1,700,000 in a motor vehicle accident.  This was in 2019 a top 20 settlement in New Jersey and a top 100 motor vehicle accident settlement in the entire nation.   In 2020 Jose obtained $1,050,000 for a worker injured in a forklift accident.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, José is fluent in Spanish. José obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1989 and graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1994

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