Maria E. Rodriguez

Rodriguez Maria

Maria Rodriguez focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, and appeals. Maria has wide-ranging experience representing corporate, nonprofit, and government clients in employment, trade secret, pharmaceutical, business tort, and libel litigation. She has appeared before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals; the Maryland Court of Appeals; the Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. Fluent in Spanish and educated in American literature, history, psychology, and law, Maria brings a wide frame of reference to her work with clients. 

Beyond her client work, Maria is active in the Venable Foundation and serves on the Venable Associate Evaluation Committee.


Representative Matters

  • Representing various entities, including an institution of higher education, in employment-related matters
  • Representing a chemical manufacturer in a trade secret dispute
  • Handling discovery for a large pharmaceutical company facing products liability actions
  • Conducted an internal investigation and authored a report on behalf of a large institution with regard to alleged discrimination among its employees
  • Representing indigent defendants in a healthcare-related case
  • Representing immigrants challenging national immigration policy in a potential class action
  • Seeking asylum on behalf of an immigrant mother and her disabled child
  • Represented and counseled a local government regarding regulation of street vendors/performers and free speech rights
  • Handled evidentiary and potential appellate issues in a 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 favorable verdict on behalf of a national food producer
  • Counseled a trade association of medical professionals regarding the legal risks of a proposed training program
  • Authored an amicus brief on behalf of United States senators for a case before the United States Supreme Court
  • Obtained asylum for two children who fled El Salvador and represented 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 a state commission on higher education
  • Litigated a large case on behalf of a university facing fraud allegations; obtained dismissal, stay of discovery, and settlement
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national retailer in a case involving complicated local sovereignty issues and defended the favorable result before the Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Obtained summary judgment for an international owner and operator of hotels in a banking case
  • Obtained summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a FOIA action and defended the favorable result in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Litigated a libel case on behalf of a national magazine, obtained summary judgment, and defended the favorable result before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals




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

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

Clerk Experience

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section 
  • Editor-in-chief, Litigation, 2010 - 2012
  • Member, Wesleyan Lawyers Association
  • Former member, Maryland State Bar Association Character Committee


  • Spanish


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2013 - 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in Law, Commercial Litigation, 2017 - 2019


Pro Bono

  • ACLU
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)


  • Vice president, Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation
  • Grants committee member, Baltimore Women's Giving Circle
  • Member, Board of Directors, Creative Alliance
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arts Every Day