John was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. After immigrating to the United States John attended local schools in New Jersey before eventually moving with his family to South Central Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (BA Latin American & Latino Studies). He received both his law degree and a Certificate in Public Interest Law at Santa Clara University School of Law.
Prior to passing the bar, he worked as a case manager in personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. His first attorney job was as a deputy public defender in Santa Cruz County handling misdemeanor and eventually felony matters from arraignment through jury trial. After moving back to the Los Angeles area, he returned to his roots in workers compensation and personal injury. He was a defense attorney with the Los Angeles firm Veatch Carlson and eventually became a partner in a workers’ compensation defense firm.
John was appointed as a Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge presiding at the Downtown Los Angeles District Office where he also on occasion served as the Acting Presiding Judge. John “retired” from state service to return to private practice and form Hernandez Injury Lawyers, A Workers’ Compensation Firm in 2016.
John is a Founder and the current President of LatinoComp and also a member of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee where, in that capacity, he serves on the CLA Board Of Representatives. He also serves on the CLA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Member Engagement committees and the CLA President’s Future of the Profession task Force.
When not traversing California in his RV, John enjoys live sporting events, Four Wheel Driving in his Jeep, and riding his Can Am Spyder.