Javerbaum Wurgaft
Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.

Jersey City Office
35 Journal Square, Suite 525
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Phone: (201) 876-8930
Fax: (201) 876-8931

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FRANCISCO J. RODRIGUEZ

PARTNER

Being certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, Francisco J. Rodriguez has represented clients in a broad spectrum of personal injury matters including medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice, mass torts, Federal Tort Claims Act cases, and automobile accidents. He was named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2006 to 2008. He was then named a New Jersey Super Lawyer from 2009 to the present. He was the president of the New Jersey Association for Justice, which is New Jersey premier association for educating lawyers to be better trial attorneys and advocates for the right to a trial by jury and for the rights of consumers. On June 10, 2016, Mr. Rodriguez was sworn in for a three-year term as a National Governor for the American Association of Justice representing the New Jersey Association for Justice.

During the course of his career, Mr. Rodriguez has successfully represented children who have suffered brain damage from obstetrical malpractice and blindness from neonatal malpractice, and patients who have been injured due to other forms of hospital, physician and nursing errors, including the failure to timely diagnose breast, prostate, rectal, colon, and lung cancer, the performance of unnecessary surgeries, and surgical mistakes . He has represented many patients who have suffered spinal and neurological injuries from surgery. He has obtained compensation for patients in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities with pressure sores, medication overdoses and broken bones. Mr. Rodriguez has helped many clients in need receive significant monetary compensation, having obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.

Mr. Rodriguez has also successfully represented clients who have been injured in significant motor vehicle cases, having achieved a multi-million dollar award for a woman who was a passenger in a limousine struck by a tractor trailer.

Mr. Rodriguez wrote the appellate briefs in Jump v. Facelle, 275 A.D.2d 345, 712 N.Y.S.2d 162 (App. Div. 2d Dep’t 2000), which is the most cited case on proving proximate causation in New York State.

Mr. Rodriguez has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney since 2007. He was also appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey to the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Attorney Certification – Civil Trial Law Certification Committee in 2012, where he continues to oversee the certification of attorneys for civil trial practice. The New Jersey Supreme Court also appointed him to the Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges in 2011, where he had helped to revise the many instructions that judges give to juries in civil cases. He was also appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Working Group on Business Litigation in 2013. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey appointed Mr. Rodriguez to serve on two Merit Selection Panels to make recommendations to the District Court for the hiring of three United States Magistrate Judges. Finally, in 2010 he was appointed to be Co-Liaison Counsel for the Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella litigation by the New Jersey Superior Court.

Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez lectures multiple times per year on civil practice issues for various bar organizations including the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.

While attending New York University School of Law, he was the Executive Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. After graduating from Law School, he joined Goldsmith Ctorides & Rodriguez, where he was a partner until he joined Javerbaum Wurgaft in 2015.

Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Mr. Rodriguez came to the United States with is parents as a young child and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. He has a B.A. cum laude in political science from Rutgers College and graduated from New York University School of Law. He has been admitted to the bars of New Jersey, New York and the United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York. He is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Rodriguez resides in Hackensack, New Jersey with his wife and daughter, and has volunteered in city government as a long-time member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Local Assistance Board. He is a member of Christ Church in Hackensack.

Presentations & Publications

Publications

  • Howard S. Richman & Francisco J. Rodriguez, Using the Internet to Win Your Next Medical Negligence Case, 11 ATLA PROF. NEG. REP. 137 (1996).
  • Francisco J. Rodriguez, A Lawyer’s Battles with the HMOs, THE VERDICT at 18 (April 1998).
  • Lee S. Goldsmith & Francisco J. Rodriguez, Medical Malpractice, in GENERAL PRACTICE IN NEW YORK (West 1998).
  • Francisco J. Rodriguez, Automobile Insurance Reform: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, The Verdict at 31 (January 1999).

Presentations

  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, presented at New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 2014.
  • The Latest on Proving Proximate Causation in Medical Malpractice Cases, presented in Medical Malpractice Update, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2014.
  • Top Ten in Torts in Personal Injury Program, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2014.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice, presented at New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminars, Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 2014.
  • Plaintiff’s Perspective, presented in Litigation Survival Guide, sponsored by Medical Society of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, November 23, 2013.
  • How do I handle this?, presented in Medical Malpractice, at New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2013.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice, presented at New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2013.
  • The Latest on Applegrad. What’s Discoverable and What Isn’t, presented in Medical Malpractice Update, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2, 2013.
  • Trying to Make Sense Out of Model Jury Charge (Civil), 5.50E, and “But For” and “Substantial Factor” Causation Issues after Koseoglu v. Wry, McLean v. Liberty Health, and Flood v. Aluri-Vallabhaneni, presented in Medical Malpractice Update, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2, 2013.
  • Medical Records: Exposing Fraud in Doctor Medical Records – Does that really happen?, presented in Litigation at Sunrise, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2013.
  • Pre-Trial Med Mal Settlement Techniques, presented in Insider’s Guide to Settling Personal Injury Cases, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 13, 2013.
  • Co-Moderator: Insider’s Guide to Settling Personal Injury Cases, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 13, 2013.
  • Special Considerations in Hiring the Right Expert, presented in Litigation at Sunrise, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2012.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice the Nursing Home Case, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2012.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice Live Trial-Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 14, 2012.
  • Preparing for Battle: Cross-Examination of the Defendant, presented in Trial Examinations 101, New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Convention, April 27, 2012.
  • Does the U.S. Get Charitable Immunity?, presented in Medical Malpractice 2012, presented at New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 27, 2012.
  • Top Ten in Torts in Personal Injury Program, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 26, 2012.
  • Co-Moderator, Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice, presented in New Jersey Association for Justice, Four Concurrent Seminars, Edison, New Jersey, February 18, 2012.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice Across the USA, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 11, 2011.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 10, 2011.
  • Co-Moderator, Medical Malpractice 2011, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 15, 2011.
  • Apparent Authority after Cordero in Medical Malpractice 2011, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 15, 2011.
  • Top Ten in Torts in Personal Injury Program, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 14, 2011.
  • Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice, Four Concurrent Seminars: Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice, Edison, New Jersey, February 26, 2011.
  • Malpractice Across America, Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, November 11, 2010.
  • Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, November 10, 2010.
  • Medical Malpractice 2010: Co-Moderator, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 23, 2010.
  • Fictitious Name Practice in Medical Malpractice 2010, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 23, 2010.
  • Top Ten in Torts in Personal Injury Program, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 22, 2010.
  • Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice, Four Concurrent Seminars: Medicine for Lawyers, Edison, New Jersey, February 27, 2010.
  • Malpractice Across America, Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, November 13, 2009.
  • Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminars, November 12, 2009.
  • Medical Malpractice 2009: Co-Moderator, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 24, 2009.
  • Closing the Loop: Evaluating the Neonatal Care, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 24, 2009.
  • Courtroom Storytelling with Jim M. Perdue, Sr., Esq.: Moderator, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 24, 2009.
  • Top Ten in Torts, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 23, 2009.
  • Co-Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice, Four Concurrent Seminars: Medicine for Lawyers, Edison, New Jersey, February 21, 2009.
  • Legal Corner: Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and Galaxy Towers Video Presentation of Medical Malpractice, January 14, 2009.
  • Dealing with the Surge in Nursing Home Litigation, With a Special Presentation on Pressure Ulcers, for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). This seminar will be held on Thursday, December 4th, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Malpractice Across America, Co-Moderator, ATLA-NJ Meadowlands Seminars, October 18, 2008.
  • Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, Co-Moderator, New ATLA-NJ Meadowlands Seminars, October 17, 2008.
  • Missing & Altered Medical Records: TNT in the Courtroom, presented at NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, May 2, 2008.
  • Top Ten in Torts, presented at ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, May 1, 2008.
  • Cross-examination of the Defense Expert Radiologist, presented at ATLA-NJ Meadowlands Seminars, October 20, 2007.
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Using the Defense Expert to Your Advantage, presented at ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 27, 2007.
  • Top Ten in Torts: Clark v. UMDNJ, presented at ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 26, 2007.
  • Careers in the Law (Panelist), presented for Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Law School Mentorship Program, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ, November 18, 2006.
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Using the Defense Expert as Your Expert, presented at ATLA-NJ Four Concurrent Seminars: Hot Tips in Torts, Pines Manor, Edison, NJ, October 28, 2006.
  • The Revised Jury Charge Regarding the Alteration and Destruction of Records, presented at ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 28, 2006.
  • Refusal of Life Support, presented at Law & Medicine, Fordham University School of Law, February 23, 2006.
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Skills and Methods Course-Civil Trial Preparation at Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey, October 17, 2005.
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Skills and Methods Course-Civil Trial Preparation at Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey, November 16, 2004.
  • Futility & Brain Death, presented at Law & Medicine, Fordham University School of Law, March 4, 2004.
  • Refusal of Life Support, presented at Law & Medicine, Fordham University School of Law, February 5, 2004.
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Skills and Methods Course-Civil Trial Preparation at Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey, November 25, 2003.
  • Litigating the Emergency Room Malpractice Case, presented at ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 25, 2003.
  • How to Evaluate Lien Claims and Claims of Subrogation Rights Related to Health Insurance Policies, present at Hispanic Bar Association of NJ Seminars in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, May 2002.
  • The Raging Mouse: Discovery through the Internet, presented at ATLA Winter Convention, New Orleans, La., February 2001 and in updated form at ATLA Summer Convention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 2001.
  • Medicine & the Law, Fordham University School of Law – Guest Lecturer 2/5/98, 2/12/98, 4/2/98, 1/14/99, 1/21/99, 1/28/99, 4/1/99, 4/15/99, 4/19/00.
  • Know Your Healthcare Rights, Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Bar Admission

    • New Jersey 1995
    • New York 1996