Cristina E. Rodriguez

Cristina E. Rodriguez

Partner, Houston

Email cristina.rodriguez@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 713 632 1425

Fax +1 713 632 1401

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation

Cristina Rodriguez enjoys being in front of a judge and jury. She advocates for businesses in complex disputes, and consistently rises to the challenge when she's called on to try cases with only a short time before trial. With her substantial experience as a trial lawyer, she can provide clients with strategic advice to help them manage risk long before the dispute reaches the courthouse. Fluent in Spanish, she can also work seamlessly with clients and witnesses in Latin America.

Cristina's work ranges from defending accounting firms accused of malpractice or fraud, to counseling employers on various workplace issues, to pursuing or defending commercial claims, including breach of contract, trade secret, and intellectual property claims. She also handles sensitive internal investigations that involve allegations of harassment, discrimination, fraud, or other violations of law or of company policies.

Over the past few years, Cristina has gone to trial to defend a diverse group of clients, including a large accounting firm in a fraud case involving tax strategy in Kentucky state court; a global consulting firm in a misappropriation of trade secrets suit in Houston; and several different employers against various claims brought by their employees. She has also tried to verdict a patent infringement, trade secret, and breach of contract case against a nursing home operator.

Cristina also devotes time to issues impacting the bar and litigants. Until recently she served on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, comprised of Texas judges and lawyers appointed by the court to advise it on rule-making issues. She served for several years on the Pattern Jury Charge Committee (Business, Insurance, Consumer, and Employment) of the State Bar of Texas.

Cristina began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable James Lawrence King of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, in her hometown of Miami. She often speaks or sits on panels regarding issues of diversity and inclusion in the profession.

Awards and recognitions

2013-2017

Texas Super Lawyers

2011

Texas Executive Women "Woman on the Move,"

2004-2009

Texas Rising Star

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1995

B.A., University of Miami, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Memberships

CROSSROADS Community Partnership for Youth, Board of Directors, 2000-2007; Chairperson of the Board, 2006

HBA Gender Fairness Task Force, Co-Chair, 2005-2006

HBA Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee, Co-Chair, 2008-2009

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Foundation

Leadership Texas, 2004

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston, Board of Directors, 2007-2013

State Bar of Texas Pattern July Charge Committee (Business, Consumer, Insurance, Employment), 2005-2009

Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2015-2017

Bar admissions and qualifications

Texas

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Representative experience

Pursued patent infringement, trade secret, and breach of contract claims against nursing home operator in three-week trial in Texas federal court.

Defended claims against an accounting firm arising out of a tax strategy in a nearly two-month bench trial in Kentucky state court.*

Represented an accounting firm in the defense of a US$1bn securities fraud class action in New York federal court.*

Defended at trial a misappropriation of trade secrets claim brought against global consulting firm in Texas federal court.*

Challenged municipal air quality ordinances on constitutional grounds, helping to clarify Texas law regarding preemption.

Obtained summary judgment in New York federal court on a joint employer theory in favor of a professional sports team.

Tried a Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation suit in Texas federal court on behalf of a chemical company.*

Defended local television station in a suit involving an alleged wrongful discharge in violation of public under Texas law.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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