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Regina M. Rodriguez

Regina Rodriguez is an accomplished trial lawyer who has more than 30 years of experience guiding clients through bet-the-company litigation and high-stakes challenges. She has worked closely with company CEOs, senior management and boards of directors in highly regulated industries—such as pharmaceuticals, biomedical, healthcare, technology, oil and gas, and medical devices—to create a culture of compliance in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Ms. Rodriguez, who has worked in both government and private practice, has a deep understanding of the regulatory challenges facing companies today, and works strategically and collaboratively across the entire corporate spectrum to provide exceptional client service and counsel. 

Ms. Rodriguez has tried more than 30 cases as lead trial counsel in complex litigation, and is an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow. She has worked with life sciences, consumer, and diversified industrial companies on a wide range of commercial matters, including M&A due diligence, strategic advice and litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, and class actions. She also defends clients in government investigations.

Ms. Rodriguez’s experience includes serving as an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division in the District of Colorado, where she supervised and directed all defensive and affirmative litigations as well as the Financial Litigation Unit. She also served as a liaison with the courts, client agencies, the private bar, and congresspersons. In addition, Ms. Rodriguez served in the Assistant Attorney General's Office for the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Deputy Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In that role, she assisted with implementing Attorney General Janet Reno's vision of ADR being used to obtain efficient results in litigation matters. Ms. Rodriguez also worked to establish and implement a nationwide ADR program for Civil AUSAs, and participated in numerous mediations as a certified mediator for the DOJ.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Rodriguez spent a combined 17 years working as partner at two other law firms in Denver, Colorado. 

Professional Activities

Ms. Rodriguez is actively involved in the community and serves as an appointee or volunteer on a number of boards in education and economic development. 

  • Board of Governors, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (2017–present)
  • Board of Directors, Denver School of Science & Technology (2017–present)
  • Latinas First Foundation, Board Member, Secretary (2013–2019)
  • Commissioner, Colorado Commission for Higher Education, appointed by Governor Bill Ritter (7th Congressional District) (2009–2015)
  • Board Member, University of Colorado Law Alumni Board (2014–2017)
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado, Board Governance Committee (Non-Board Director Member) (2011–2014)
  • Board of Directors, Family Star Montessori and Early Head Start (2002–2014)
  • Board of Directors, National Hispanic Bar Association Washington DC (2012–2015)
  • Elected Board of Directors, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (2010–2015)
  • Denver Ballet Guild, Legal Counsel (2008–2012)
  • Infrastructure Priorities Task Force, City and County of Denver, Subcommittee Member, Appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper, Chair, Roxanne White (2006–2007)
  • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Panel Member, Appointed by former Chief Judge Lewis Babcock (2005–2008)
  • Founding Board Member, Colorado Youth at Risk (1995–2005)
  • Board of Directors, Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives (1989–1996) 

Ms. Rodriguez’s professional association positions include:

  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association, Board of Governors (former)
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Board of Directors (former)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Deputy General Counsel (2016)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Department of Justice, Former EEP Mediator
  • Office of Legal Education for the Department of Justice, Former Faculty Instructor
  • Denver Ballet Guild, Legal Counsel (2010–present)

Publications

  • Co-author, “Managing Cybersecurity Threats: Still More Questions Than Answers,” International Product Liability Review, Issue 66, March 2017
  • Co-author, “Who's Liable and How to Protect Yourself,” ColoradoBiz, October 4, 2017
  • Co-author, “Denver: An Opportunity for True Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession,” Law Week Colorado, March 23, 2015
  • Co-author, “The Changing Face of Higher Education,” The Hill, June 6, 2013
  • Co-author, “Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations,” TRENDs, 2006
  • Co-author, “Central and Peripheral Routes to Persuasion: An Individual Difference Perspective,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1986

Recognition

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    Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in Colorado

    Law Week Colorado

    2019

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    Selected as a Top Latino Lawyer

    Latino Leaders

    2016, 2018

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    Recognized Among the Most Powerful and Influential Women

    Colorado Diversity Council

    2015

  • Most Outstanding Women in Business (Denver), Denver Business Journal (2019)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado), Chambers USA (2018–2019)
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Star Independently Rated Lawyers (2018–2019)
  • Personal Injury Defense: Products, Colorado Super Lawyers (2009, 2012–2019)
  • Top Women Lawyers, Law Week Colorado (2019)
  • Top Latino Lawyers, Latino Leaders (2016, 2018)
  • Power Book Awards Finalist, Denver Business Journal (2016)
  • Most Powerful and Influential Women, Colorado Diversity Council (2015)
  • Top Litigator, Law Week Colorado (2015)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in Private Practice, University of Colorado School of Law (2013)
  • Latina Lawyer of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association (2013)
  • Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (2013)
  • Women of Distinction Honoree, Girl Scouts of Colorado (2013)
  • Top Women Lawyers, Law Week Colorado (2011)

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, University of Colorado School of Law, 1988

    • BS, Psychology, University of Iowa, 1985

      With honors
  • Admissions

    • Colorado

    • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

    • US District Court for the District of Colorado

  • Government Experience

    • Department of Justice

      United States Attorneys' Offices

      Chief of Civil Division, District of Colorado
    • Department of Justice

      United States Attorneys' Offices

      Deputy Chief, Civil Division, District of Colorado
    • Department of Justice

      Office of the Deputy Attorney General

      Deputy Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution

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