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J. Hernandez, III, Esq.

Smith Hernandez LLC is a Troy, New York litigation firm founded in 2004 by J. Hernandez, III and Trey Smith. We can represent you in a wide range of cases and have a Spanish-speaking lawyer to better serve your needs.

Putting your legal needs first

Julio “J” Hernandez, III received his doctorate of jurisprudence from Albany Law School in Albany, New York in 1989. He was a prosecutor with the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office from 1989 to 1992. He began defending criminal cases as the First Assistant Public Defender for Montgomery County in 1993. He was elevated to Montgomery County Public Defender in 1995, and remained in that position through 1998. From 1999 to 2001, J was a partner in Premo & Hernandez LLP, and Albany litigation firm handling personal injury and criminal defense cases. In 2004, J and Trey Smith founded Smith Hernandez LLC, a litigation firm with emphases in criminal defense and personal injury.



Criminal defense history

J has defended several high-profile homicides and other criminal cases, obtaining acquittals in both federal and state court, most recently United States v. Hassan Stewart (conspiracy to distribute cocaine), People v. Sharon John (24 counts of falsifying business records in a nursing home neglect case), and People v. Kit Marcellino (assault in the second degree). His criminal defense expertise has been acknowledged with his appointment to the defense of death penalty cases. The Brooklyn, New York native is fluent in Spanish. Please note: past success does not guarantee future outcomes.

Past success does not guarantee success in your case. Some personal injury recoveries were obtained in association with other law firms; every personal injury case is unique; some cases settle for a lesser amount after verdict; and all recoveries are subject to attorney’s fees and expenses.


Areas of practice

emphases include:

 • Criminal defense

 • DWI and drug offenses

 • Personal injury

 • Product liability

 • Wrongful death

 • Auto accidents

 • Workplace accidents