John M. Hochfelder, Esq.


John Hochfelder is a renowned traumatic injury trial lawyer who founded and maintained a dynamic plaintiff’s personal injury law practice based in all of the courts in the New York City metropolitan area as well as Westchester County and the entire Hudson Valley region.

He began his career at the United States District Court in Manhattan (S.D.N.Y.) as law clerk to a federal judge, after which he joined a large New York City corporate law firm and then became a local court judge for six years.

Mr. Hochfelder is the founder and publisher of New York Injury Cases Blog – the widely acclaimed research site analyzing and discussing the evaluation of damages in personal injury lawsuits. As a result, he has regularly been retained as an expert and consultant regarding the amount of damages that the New York courts will sustain on appeal in large damage cases.

He also publishes “Damages – A Review of Recent Court Decisions,” a regularly recurring column in Bill of Particulars, the premiere publication of New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and he lectures for NYSTLA throughout the state, on the topic of damages in personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits.

Since 2018,Mr. Hochfelder has been a continuing lecturer on damages at the New York State Judicial Institute – both for all judges statewide and exclusively for the justices of the four appellate divisions.

Under the auspices of Hochfelder Damages Consulting, Mr. Hochfelder now consults with attorneys with significant high dollar injury cases in which he is retained to personally and intensively review their cases and opine specifically as to the amount of damages that will be recoverable. This unique service affords attorneys access to Mr. Hochfelder’s sterling and unparalleled reputation as a damages expert so that they can maximize their opportunities for the most successful outcomes in their own cases.

Bar Admissions:

New York State, 1979
United States District Court, 1979


New York University School of Law & University of San Diego School of Law:  J.D. – 1977
Clark University: B.A. (Psychology) – 1974