Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1989
  • M.A., University of Oregon, 1984
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Fern M. Smith, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1989 - 1990

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

    Wesleyan Lawyers Association

Languages

  • Spanish
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Maria E. Rodriguez

Partner

Maria Rodriguez is an employment, business and commercial litigator with experience in pharmaceuticals, employment, trade secret, business tort and libel cases. She is also a member of Venable's appellate practice group and has handled appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Third, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Maria has specialized knowledge regarding abandoned property/escheat laws and she counsels clients in that area.

Fluent in Spanish, and broadly educated (American Literature and History, Psychology, and Law), Maria brings a wide frame of reference to her work with Venable clients. Her writing skills were recently recognized when she was named to be and served as editor-in-chief of Litigation magazine.

Representative Clients

Maria represents a variety of corporate, non-profit and governmental clients.

Significant Matters

  • Representing institution of higher education in various employment-related matters;
  • Representing and counseling local government regarding regulation of street vendors/performers and free speech rights;
  • Handling evidentiary and potential appellate issues in case before the Maryland Public Service Commission;
  • Obtained dismissal of a whistleblower/employment action for an educational institution and defended that result before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals;
  • Litigated an environmental law case to a successful verdict on behalf of a national food producer;
  • Counseled trade group of medical professionals regarding legal risks of proposed training program;
  • Authored an amicus brief on behalf of United States Senators for a case before the United States Supreme Court;
  • Procured asylum for two children who fled El Salvador and continuing to represent the family of those children before the United States Immigration Court;
  • Handled the legal issues in a case involving complex federal constitutional questions on behalf of state commission on higher education;
  • Successfully litigated a large case (obtaining dismissal, stay of discovery, and settlement) on behalf of a university in a fraud case;
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national retailer in a case involving complicated local sovereignty issues and successfully defended that result before the Maryland Court of Appeals;
  • Procured summary judgment for an international owner and operator of hotels in a banking case;
  • Attained summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a FOIA action and successfully defended that result in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Litigated a libel case on behalf of a national magazine, obtained summary judgment and successfully defended that result before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Activities

Maria is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section and served as editor-in-chief of Litigation magazine during 2010-2012. She is also active in the Venable Foundation and vice-president of the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation.  Maria serves on the Venable Associate Evaluation Committee. She recently finished serving for two years on the Maryland Bar Character Committee.