FRANCISCO J. RODRIGUEZ
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.