Edward Rodriguez is Of Counsel with Pugh, Jones & Johnson. He is a seasoned litigator, strategist and advocate with over 17 years of experience. Edward is counsel to clients in government investigations and proceedings, including matters alleging fraud, malfeasance, and other white collar criminal conduct.
Edward began his legal career as an associate at a well-regarded litigation boutique. There he worked closely with former federal prosecutors defending and prosecuting Fortune 50 companies in complex products liability, securities fraud, and employment discrimination litigation in federal and state courts. In subsequent private practice, as an associate with a prominent plaintiff-side law firm, he represented clients in personal injury lawsuits and helped clients win more than $5 million in employment discrimination, civil rights, and wage and hour litigation settlements—in lawsuits brought by clients individually or as part of a class action. He left the firm to teach the Civil Litigation Clinic at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he served as a Visiting Clinic Professor.
As an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, he successfully defended complex civil rights and constitutional law cases, including the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New York’s DNA Databank statute, and he worked on the small team that secured a compelling victory, on summary judgment, in a major federal class action. With the New York City Department of Education, Edward successfully prosecuted an array of employee disciplinary trials for fraud, professional incompetence, sexual misconduct, and other wrongdoing.