Eduardo R. Rodriguez

Eduardo R. Rodriguez

Brownsville, Texas
Partner
Phone 956-574-9333
Fax 956-574-9337
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After graduating from The University of Texas Law School in 1968, Eduardo Roberto Rodriguez began his career as an associate at the firm of Hardy & Sharp, shortly thereafter becoming a partner in that firm. Through his leadership as the senior partner, he helped develop the law firm of Rodriguez, Colvin, Chaney & Saenz, L.L.P. In April 2012, Eduardo Rodriguez joined the firm of Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez.

Mr. Rodriguez has a long and distinguished career as a trial lawyer. He has advised his clients and tried cases on their behalf for more than forty-one years. He has represented Fortune 100 companies and local and regional clients with distinction and zeal.

In addition to being a fine trial lawyer, Mr. Rodriguez dedicates his time and talent to numerous professional organizations and causes about which he feels strongly. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Rodriguez served as the President of the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, and other distinguished legal organizations. In 2007, Mr. Rodriguez was recognized with the Good Apple Award by the Texas Appleseed Foundation for his efforts in the areas of social and economic justice.

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1968
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1969
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1969
U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
Education:
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, J.D. 1968
Class Agent – Class of 1968
Quizmaster – 1967-1968
Research Assistant to David Robertson, Admiralty and Federalism
Research Assistant to L. Hamilton Lowe, Texas Practice, Volume 6, Remedies
Honorary Order of the Coif, 2000
George Washington University, B.A. 1965
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Cross-Examination of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Adverse Member of the Crew, National Assn. of Railroad Trial Counsel – Special Litigation Conference, The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah, February 6, 1991 – February 10, 1991
Deposition Problems; The Obstructive Lawyer; Objections, Payment, Duty to Supplement, Etc., Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Stouffer Hotel, Austin, TX, December 3, 1992 – December 4, 1992
Defendant’s Perspectives in Using the New Act, 17th Annual Page Keeton Products Liability & Personal Injury Law Conference, Stouffer Hotel, Austin, TX, November 4, 1993
Panel of Speakers, Chemical Manufacturers’ Association Tort Litigation Section Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 5, 1997 – February 7, 1997
Honors and Awards:
Good Apple Award from Appleseed Foundation, 2007
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1984
Jaycees, Distinguished Service Award (Outstanding Young Man of Brownsville), 1973
Associations, Memberships and Activities:
President of the State Bar of Texas 2005-2006President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas 2004-2005American College of Trial Lawyers, 2004 – Present
Member

American Board of Trial Advocates
Member

Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., 1991 – Present
Member

Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1992 – 1996
Vice President

Texas Advisory Council to National Legal Services Corporation, 1976 – 1978
Vice President, Appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe

ABA Young Lawyers Division, 1979 – 1981
State Representative

Duval County Conservation and Reclamation District, 1975 – 1989
Conservator, Appointed by Texas Water Rights Commission

Supreme Court of Texas, 1991
Board of Disciplinary Appeals

Supreme Court of Texas, 1991
Task Force on Discovery

ABA House of Delegates, 1991 – 1995

ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1993

The Fellows of the the American Bar Foundation, 1993

The American Law Institute, 1994

State Bar of Texas, 1998 – 2000
Federal Judiciary Relations Committee

The Philosophical Society of Texas, 1998

Texas Association of Defense Counsel Political Action Committee (TADC PAC), 2000 – Present
Trustee

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, The University of Texas School of Law, 2001 – 2002
Board of Advisors

University of Texas School of Law at Austin, Texas, 2001
President, Law Alumni Excecutive Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel, 2002
Trial Academy

ABA
Member and Former Vice-Chair, Automobile Law Committee

Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession
Chairman, Standing Committee on Gavel Awards

ABA, Young Lawyers Section
Chairman, Hispanic-American Lawyers Committee

Cameron County Bar Association, 1975
Member and Former President, Vice President, Director and Law Day Chairman

State Bar of Texas,
Member and Former Director, Member of the Executive Committee and President

State Bar, 1980 – 1986
Grievance Committee – District 12-B

State Bar, 1986
Chairman, Liaison with Mexico Legal Profession Committee

State Bar, 1990 – 1991
Chairman, Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession

State Bar of Texas – Young Lawyers Association, 1975 – 1977
Director

State Bar of Texas – Young Lawyers Association, 1977 – 1978
Treasurer

State Junior Bar, 1978
Treasurer, Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor Committee

State Junior Bar
Chairman, Liaison National Legal Service Corporation

State Junior Bar, 1976
Chairman, Patients Rights Committee

Texas Association of Defense Counsel,
Member and Former District Director and Vice-President

Texas Bar Foundation, 1994
Advisory Board

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Director

The University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 1992 – 1995
Executive Committee

The University of Texas Law School Association
District Director

The University of Texas School of Law Hispanic Law Journal, 1992
Board of Advisors

Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC), 1997 – 1998
Chairman

ABA
Member, Committee to Organize Minority Bar Leaders Conference

ABA, Criminal Justice Section
Member, Drug & Alcohol Abuse Committee

ABA, 1994
Member, Lawyers Conference Bench & Bar Relations Committee

ABA, Young Lawyers Section
Member, Mental Health Committee

ABA, Section of Criminal Justice
Member, Juvenile Justice Committee

ABA, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1991
Member

ABA, 1991
Member, Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements

ABA, 1996 – 2000
Member, Council for Fund for Justice and Education

ABA, 1996 – 1997
Member, Nominating Committee

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division
Member, Admissions Committee

American Judicature Society
Member

Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy (ATLLP), 1996
Member

Bar Association of Fifth Federal Circuit
Member

Brownsville Public Library Foundation, Inc., 1992
Board Member

University of Texas, School of Law, 1992
Member, Endowed Presidential Scholarship Committee

Federal Liaison Committee
Member

Hispanic National Bar Association, 1993
Member

International Association of Defense Counsel
Member

International Association of Defense Counsel/Advocacy, Practice & Procedure, 1991 – 1992
Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, 1994 – 1995
Member, General Convention Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel/Products Liability, 1991 – 1995
Member

International Association of Defense Counsel/Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation, 1991 – 1995
Member

Mexican American Association of Houston
Member

National Association of Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases
Member

National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 1992

State Bar/Civil Trial Law Advisory Committee to Texas Legal Board of Legal Specialization
Member

State Bar/College of the State Bar of Texas, 1994
Member

State Bar, Criminal Law Section
Member, Committee to Study Problems in Criminal Justice

State Bar
Member, Conference Long Range Goals

State Bar, 1991 – 1994
Member, Disaster Response Committee

State Bar
Member, Lawyers Advertising and Solicitation Committee

State Bar, 1991
Member, Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committtee

State Bar, 1991 – 1994
Member, Liaison with Mexico Legal Profession

State Bar, 1991 – 1994
Member, Long Range Planning Committee

State Bar, 1994
Member, Pattern Jury Charges – Volume I Committee

State Bar, Special Committee on Selection of Course Directors, Planning Committee & Faculty for CLE, 1990
Member

State Bar, 1990 – 1991
Member, Sunset Review Committee

State Bar, Task Force on Alternate Plans to Improve Public Access to Lawyers
Member

State Bar
Member, Task Force on Rules Referendum

State Bar
Member, Steering Committee on Bar Dues Referendum

State Junior Bar
Member, Legislative Committee

Texas Advisory Council of Legal Services Corp.
Member

Texas Association Railroad Trial Counsel
Member

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1993
Member

Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC), 1997 – 1998
Chairman

Brownsville Boys’ Club, 1973
Director

Brownsville Boys’ Club
Basketball Coach

Brownsville Girls’ Club
Basketball Coach

Brownsville Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, 1990 – 1993
Board of Directors

Brownsville Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, 1992 – 1993
Chairman

Dean’s Roundtable of University of Texas School of Law, 1992

Downtown Development Corp. of Brownsville, 1991

Downtown Adhoc Committee, 1994

Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, 1969 – 1977
Director

Girls’ Scouts, 1976 – 1977
Director

Heritage Council
President

Kiwanis Club, 1972 – 1973
President

Kiwanis Club, 1971 – 1972
Vice President

Little Conference Football
Coach

Palmer Drug Abuse
Director

St. Joseph Academy
7th & 8th Grades Girls’ Basketball Coach

St. Joseph’s Catholic Youth Organization, 1968 – 1969
Advisor

St. Mary’s Catholic Youth Organization, 1970 – 1972
Advisor

St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1970 – 1973

Tropical Texas Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Advisory Board

Villa Bethany Home for Girls, 1972
President

Villa Bethany Home for Girls, 1971 – 1972
Director

Civil Trial Law Advisory Commission
Member

Board of Directors for the American Bar Association
State Delegate from Texas

Board of Governors of the American Bar Association
District 8 Representative

Languages:
Spanish
Birth Information:
1943, Edinburg, Texas, United States of America
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