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Michael Rodriguez

  • Michael’s Biography

    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 & Saenz, L.L.P., where he practiced complex litigation and products liability for four years

    From January to July 1997, Mr. Rodriguez served 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 approximately four years. After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rodriguez opened his practice concentrating on federal criminal cases, complex commercial litigation, and products liability. Eduardo Roberto Rodriguez, R. Patrick Rodriguez, joined his practice which eventually grew to five attorneys. In April 2012, Rodriguez & Rodriguez, PLLC became part of the newly named Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP. Mr. Rodriguez became a 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 who were entrusted 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. In 2018, Mr. Rodriguez traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to participate in a cultural/legal exchange in conjunction with Regional Dialogue, an NGO based in Slovenia, to help teach Uzbek lawyers on the American Judicial System.

  • Bar Admissions
    • Texas, 1994
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas 1994
    • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 2000
  • Education
    • Texas Christian University, 1986 – 1988
    • The College of William & Mary, B.A., 1988 – 1990
    • The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D.,1991 – 1994
  • Licences
    • 2004, named a Texas Rising Star as awarded by Thompson Reuters and published in Super Lawyers/Texas Monthly magazine
    • 2015 named Texas Super Lawyer
      Special Achievement Award, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas July 2000
  • Professional Association & Memberships
    • Texas Appleseed Board of Directors (2008 to present)
    • Dean’s Roundtable, The University of Texas School of Law
    • State Bar Professionalism Committee (2005 to 2012)
    • Cameron County Bar Association – President 2014 – 2015
    • American Bar Association (Sections: Litigation and Criminal Justice)
    • Defense Research Institute (2002-2004)
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • State Bar of Texas Litigation Section
  • Community Service
    • Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (Chairman 2005-2007, member 2000-2005)
    • Brownsville Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee (Chairman 2007)
    • Church of the Advent Episcopal, Vestry Member (2004-2007)
    • North Brownsville Rotary Club, President (2002-2003)
    • Rio Grande Marine Institute, Board of Directors (1998-2001)