The Honorable Luis A. Rodriguez brings a 34 year legal and judicial career punctuated by over 20 years of experience as trial judge on the Orange County Superior Court.
Judge Rodriguez brought to his Civil courtroom a set of unique and extraordinary trial management skills which earned him the reputation of being the judge who is attuned to what the attorneys before him are advocating. He developed a reputation for being fair, flexible and patient as well as focused, effective and efficient whether in law and motion, trial or settlement.
Within a very short period his unique abilities were recognized, having been honored by the Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section for Judge of the Year in 2011.
He is renowned for being a judge who embraces complex legal issues. One article on him said “Not many judges can examine an expert witness, off the cuff, about covalent ions. Orange County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Rodriguez can and did.” This is the inquisitive mind that distinguishes Judge Rodriguez. He seeks to understand and engage while at the same time keeping focus on the goal to resolve the legal issues. He has continued this in his mediation practice, successfully meshing his substantial legal experience with his passion for problem solving. Using this approach, Judge Rodriguez has amassed a successful settlement record.
Judge Rodriguez’s thirst for knowledge has been a hallmark of his professional life. He initially majored in Biology at the University of California at San Diego. In his judicial career he used this science background to engage in projects that sought to integrate science in the law. For example, he participated in the Science and Law committee of the courts. In that capacity he participated in a education program partnering with distinguished legal scholars creating an innovative program discussing pros and cons of using Neuroscience Evidence in the Courtroom, entitled “The Brain on Trial” presented at science and neuroscience conferences. “Brain on Trial” is accessible through the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/the-brain-on-trial/3038790
Apart from his extensive interest and experience in the scientific method, Judge Rodriguez has also developed significant expertise in resolving commercial litigation issues with business-minded solutions. Using his science background, Judge Rodriguez founded a creative and innovative company in his native Costa Rica which sourced unique health and wellness products from American and European Manufacturers. This company was sold in 2015. With this entrepreneural venture, he brings to his practice a “real world view” adding value to his successful career in public law and on the bench, which he employs in mediating complicated business disputes.
Judge Rodriguez has authored numerous articles but among his accomplishments, he is especially gratified with the authoring of an exceptional manual on the Individual Disabilities Education Act circulated to Juvenile courts during his tenure on the court.
Judge Rodriguez was born in Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish.