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Francisco Hernandez

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

4.5   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1990
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Francisco Hernandez Jr.
Class of 1990 

If a law degree is arguably the most flexible graduate degree a student can earn, Francisco Hernandez Jr. is an absolute master at bending and shaping his J.D. to suit his talents, goals, and dreams.

His more than 20-year legal career has included fascinating twists and turns. He has worked in politics and government, private practice, as a member of the bench, and has even advised a presidential campaign – that of Mexican President Vicente Fox.

Capping Hernandez’s unusually broad résumé is his latest appointment, announced in February 2011: He is the newly-elected chairman of the board of directors of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the world's third busiest, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year.

The chair position is a policy-making, political appointment. DFW Airport is considered the economic engine of Dallas/Fort Worth. It has a $600 million budget and is the home of American Airlines. Hernandez has served as a member of the board of directors since 2006 before his elevation to the top spot.

“I am certain that I was selected for appointment to the board because of my international experience,” Hernandez explains. He is dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, and his Dutch-born wife makes for a truly multinational home. The Hernandez children are tri-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Dutch.

Hernandez’s background made him ideally suited for his new position.

“Because of my family's connection to Holland, I assisted in courting KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, to fly direct non-stop flights between Amsterdam and DFW. And, Mexico is the number one international destination for DFW International Airport. It is very important to maintain ties with the principal international destination point.”

After graduating from Catholic University’s law school in 1990, Hernandez had a distinguished early career in Washington, D.C. At various times, he worked for multi-national law firm Skadden Arps, in the U.S. Congress, and for the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also an in-house legislative attorney for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

Over the years, Hernandez has served as chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, as a municipal judge firm, and as special legislative counsel to a Texas state senator.

He was tagged as a go-getter early on. A few of the honors that have come his way include being named "Man of the Year" by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Outstanding Young Leader" by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, and one of "40 Under 40" by the Fort Worth Business Press. 

These days, Hernandez and his brother, Daniel, operate a busy private practice in Fort Worth. The Law Offices of Francisco Hernandez specializes in criminal defense, immigration matters, international business, and . business and government relations.

It is a multi-faceted practice, well suited to the talents and temperament of its founder.

“My education at Catholic Law and in Washington, D.C., clearly prepared me for my current roles. However, I did not foresee the route and there were, indeed, many unexpected twists, hills, and valleys,” says Hernandez, reflecting back upon his professional life so far.

For today’s law students and young practitioners, he offers some worthwhile advice.

“One has to remain flexible and open-minded to opportunities. Pigeon-holing yourself to a specific area of practice can create a sort of tunnel vision that keeps you from seizing some opportunities.”
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“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

― Martin Niemöller

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Francisco Hernandez
800 W Weatherford St
Fort Worth, TX, 76102-1946


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  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Antonio | March 21, 2022
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Caso criminal
Todo muy bien son unos profesionales me sacaron de presión y lograron q me retiraran los cargos
Posted by Lawrence | August 15, 2019
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DUI and re-entry charged
Hired Francisco to represent employee for dui and illegal re-entry. In both cases he secured what was the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Great job.
Posted by Sam | April 3, 2018
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Thank you
Thank you for all your help, I appreciate all things that you did , I recommend this lawyer he is working really hard
Posted by Maria | January 30, 2017
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Great Lawyer
I am writing this review because my father, friends, and family have hired and consulted w/ Mr. Francisco Hernandez and we have been very please w/ his work and results. He is very professional and well educated. He builds great relationships w/ his customers and cares about each person and their situation. I also have to say that Vicky was amazing. My mother and I had a consultation w/ her and she was very attentive, caring, and provided us with comfort, great advice, and directed us to the right path and even after that she still followed-up on us. My family and I highly recommend Mr. Hernandez and we will continue to hire him if needed in the future and will also continue recommending him. Most importantly, I would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Hernandez and Mrs. Vicky for the relationship, attention, and dedication that you guys provided to my father and mother when they needed you the most! (Mrs. Vicky I personally would like to say that it was a pleasure meeting with you and thank you so much for your wise advice!)
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Posted by Robbie G. | October 1, 2015
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Robbie G. / Criminal Cases
Francisco has been to bat for me and always brings his A Game. He is a fine, caring, enthusiastic, genuine great American you would want on your team. Not only that but he truly takes a vested interest in your dilemma and he is a gentleman. What I thought could not be done was done because this man never gave up. I have only great respect and admiration for Francis. Thank you. Robert
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Posted by Jeff | August 29, 2015
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Took care of my family
Francisco worked for my family to help protect us during a federal investigation. I can’t say enough positive things about how kind, caring and effective he has been. He used his experience, his network and his incredible knowledge of the system to help us navigate through a difficult situation.
Posted by Joseph Zadeh | August 28, 2015
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Not just a great lawyer but a great person
Francisco has the rare ability to negotiate with law enforcement in a cordial and professional fashion while sticking up for his client. He not only tells you the law; he gives you practical advice on the law, the legal system, and with regards to life. His ability to use his contacts and get specific information about a client's case and those prosecuting said case is a spectacle to behold. My case is ongoing and I can't go into detail, but if Francisco had not been involved, things would have been much worse for me. What I can say is though is that he is one of only a handful of people in my life that I trust without reservation. You cannot go wrong using him as your attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2015
Felony to a misdemeanor!
This guy understood me and fought really hard for me. I had 2 cases with him and he removed them both! I highly recommend!
Posted by Alan | February 19, 2015
He cares about you!
So I been comparing a lot of lawyers and most of them just go straight to the point but not this guy! He starts from the beginning! He fights and understands you! Most of the lawyers try to see what they can fit with your case, but this guy tries to remove them! I greatly recommend!
Posted by Enrique | December 17, 2014
putting others before his needs...
i want to take this time to acknowledge and share with yall readers who are reading this to inform you of a great lawyer who put my needs before anything and gave me the time and place to hear my problems and resolve my situtation. I Enrique Cordova personally recommend Francisco Hernandez to represent you on any problem you may have or to at least give him the oppurtunity to hear you. Im very satisfy and thankful to have had the privilige to be a friend of his cuase even tho im his client he will make you feel like family.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2014
Francisco Hernandez, Jr.
We hired Francisco to assist us with an immigration issue. He and his staff were entirely professional, thorough, and courteous throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2014
Highly recommend Francisco Hernandez!
Francisco Hernandez is an expert in criminal law and immigration issues. He takes the time to understand your issue and provides personal service which is rare these days. He prefers a personal meeting to text or email. Very dedicated to help his clients!
Posted by Steve | April 8, 2014
I recomend Francisco Hernandez and his Staff !!
Francisco Hernandez has represented me several times over the last 20 years for Business and Personal matters. I have always found him to be honest and upfront about my cases. He and his staff are very knowledgeable in all areas of the law. They worked very hard to insure a positive outcome of my cases. I would highly recommend Francisco Hernandez to anyone in need of legal counsel.
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Posted by Greg | March 30, 2014
Five Star
Francisco is well deserving of a five star rank. Smart, thorough, dependable, experienced and honest, Francisco creates a stategic plan to start and follows with tactical decisions to support it. My 23 year old son, out with some friends, hit a light pole driving home. Several factors made a severe punishment possible. Francisco built a timeline, understood the system and advised my son step by step during the process. What might have ended badly, instead settled out as a fair and manageable result. I've had plenty of legal help over the years, both professionally and personally. Francisco knows what it takes to successfully defend our rights. I cannot recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Kelly | March 29, 2014
Review of Attorney Francisco Hernandez
Attorney, Francisco Hernandez, Jr., was extremely helpful & kept me informed throughout his representation on my cases. Attorney Hernandez represented me not only in a criminal matter, but remained as co-counsel in my civil matter as well. He was and is very professional at all times in any situation or at any location throughout my cases. As I cannot go into my legal matters specifically, I can say my criminal matter lasted approximately four (4) months. After my criminal case was handled efficiently & as quickly as possible by Attorney Hernandez, the civil case lasted for three (3) years. We went directly into the civil case after the criminal matter ended. Attorney Hernandez always kept me informed and was straight with me - a quality I appreciate not only in an attorney, but in people in general. I would highly recommend Attorney Hernandez to any individual in need of legal help with either the smallest matter to a large complicated matter. I have already referred a few of my peers to Attorney Hernandez. I consider Attorney Hernandez a genuine person which truly makes him one of the best attorneys I've interacted with. I used to work in the legal profession (not as an attorney) for many years and have interacted with numerous attorneys throughout my career. Francisco Hernandez, Jr. is the most genuine & grounded attorney I've interacted with. Attorney Hernandez remains ethical and dedicated to his clients' needs in an atmosphere somewhat lacking the same. I still consider him my attorney- always, as well as a life long friend. I want to thank him endlessly for all he did for me during that period in my life.
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Posted by John | December 11, 2021
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No help
Came to this lawyer cause he was recommended by a former client. After paying the deposit
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2017
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Worst lawyer ever!
He was quick to take my case and then stall me for months. Postponed and postponed the case and not even once took a look of the evidence and testimony I had. Never responded to my emails or phone calls, and when I was told to make an appointment to see him, he simply never had time to see me or wasn't at the office. He charged me more money that what we agreed to, at the end MADE me plea guilty and told me to pay for something he never did for me or he would not close my case. He was rude, disrespectful, and nasty. There were times me forgot to show up in court and I had to call his office to remind him I had a hearing. He claims to be an immigration lawyer and because of his lack of knowledge I ended up locked up in an immigration detention center awaiting deportation proceedings. I paid him for expunging my record 5 years ago and I just found out he never did it. Took my money and never did it. I will be contacting the board because people like him don't deserve to have a license. Don't waste your time, money or freedom.
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Response from Francisco Hernandez February 28, 2017
It is impossible for me to comment or respond to this supposed evaluation. please identify yourself and state that you waive the attorney client privilege so i may post "the other side of the coin." I'm curious how you posted this in English if you were deported.
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Work Experience

  • In house counsel
  • Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • McLean & Sanders
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Legal Research Clerk
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • 1988 - 1990


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Board Certified Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


  • International Criminal Court, The Hague
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Chairman do the Board
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airpot
  • 2011
  • Chairman
  • Texas Ethics Commission
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Young Leader
  • Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • 1997
  • Fort Worth Man of the Year, 1992
  • Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • 1992
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  • Texas Tech Law Review
  • Use and Non Use of Tangible Government Property
  • 1993

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Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Other
"Besides having the requisite knowledge about criminal and immigration law, he has the ability to dazzle in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Francisco. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor and now a defense attorney, I have always found Francisco to be courteous and trust-worthy. He cares about his clients, and works diligently in securing the best possible outcome for each of this clients. His firm is, without hesitation, the firm I call when a client needs representation on immigration matters."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Over about 25 years, I have watched Francisco grow from a new graduate to a respected lawyer and community leader. His legal skills and experience span many practice areas -- criminal defense, immigration, international affairs, and civil litigation, among others -- as well as international borders. But his unfailing positive attitude, his attention to nuance, and his attentiveness to the people around him are the keys to his success. After working opposite him on numerous matters through the years, I am confident in sending friends to him and going to him for advice myself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Francisco Hernandez is a great attorney, very responsive to his clients and has a great working relationship with judges and prosecutors throughout the metroplex legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Francisco for 25 years. He is a disciplined and creative advocate for his clients and is a respected member of the Tarrant County Bar Association. He has also served our community in a variety of charitable and civic organizations. I consider Francisco ethical, honest, and intelligent and I frequently refer clients to him. I endorse Francisco without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Francisco Hernandez, Jr. He is a skilled courtroom advocate for those he represents. Francisco is a person of the highest integrity and character. He is a leader in Fort Worth's legal, civic and political communities and as such is sought out by others for his judgment and counsel. I have known Francisco professionally and personally for many years and recommend him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Francisco Hernandez Jr. is a brilliant lawyer and the reason I went to law school and became a member of the legal profession. His passion, skill set, and commitment to his clients and his profession are unparalleled. Francisco's selfless devotion to protecting personal freedoms in spite of unpopular causes and relentless oppression simply raises the bar that every attorney should aspire to meet. Francisco is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of criminal law and is one of the nation's leading experts in immigration law. Mr. Hernandez is a frequent legal commentator and analyst for Fox News and has served as an associate municipal judge, Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, and Chairman of the DFW Airport Board of Directors. Moreover, Francisco has authored many legal articles and presented seminars throughout the United States and Mexico. Indeed Francisco is a treasure, rarity, and should be applauded for his contributions to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Francisco Hernandez is a tremendous attorney. Francisco is experienced (over 20 years), book smart (he is board certified in criminal law) and he is street smart (when you talk to him you will understand). If you have a criminal related issue in Tarrant County, Francisco is the first person you should call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Francisco possesses great advocacy skill while keeping his eye on the best interest of his client. Francisco will fight for clients that other lawyers would give up on. Top notch, grade A lawyer."
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Fort Worth Criminal defense Lawyer Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Worth, TX
Licensed for 33 years
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