Michael Rodriguez – After graduating from The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Rodriguez became an associate in the law firm of Rodriguez, Colvin, & Chaney, L.L.P., where he practiced complex litigation and products liability for four years.
From January to July 1997, Mr. Rodriguez took a leave of absence from the firm to serve as General Counsel to the Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Honorable State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. In 1998, Mr. Rodriguez joined the Department of Justice and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas prosecuting drug conspiracy, white collar crime and immigration cases for three years before returning to private practice. His solo firm grew to 5 lawyers where his father, Eduardo Roberto Rodriguez, and his brother R. Patrick Rodriguez, joined him. In April 2012, Rodriguez & Rodriguez, PLLC became part of the newly named Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP. Mr. Rodriguez became partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Since returning to Brownsville in 1994 following his graduation from the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Rodriguez has actively served his community on various boards of directors. Mr. Rodriguez served as Chairman of the Board of the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2005 through 2007. Also, Mr. Rodriguez was selected by his colleagues to be the first Chairman of the Board of the BISD Bond Oversight Committee. The members of the Bond Oversight Committee were selected by the sitting BISD Trustees to oversee the expenditure of $135 million dollars of taxpayer funds for the construction of four new public schools. Mr. Rodriguez believes that attorneys should be active members of their communities to help insure continued growth and economic development.