Rafael Rodriguez

Associate

Rafael Rodriguez’s practice is focused on catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and premises liability. Rafael’s enthusiasm for civil litigation ensures zealous representation at all stages of a case and that necessary steps are taken to ensure favorable outcomes for his clients.

Rafael earned his two Bachelor’s Degrees on a full scholarship from the University of Kentucky in 2014. In 2017, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was admitted to practice law by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2017. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2020. Rafael was also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in 2020.

In law school, Rafael served as a Staff Editor on the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law. His note, Deficiencies in the Agricultural Labor Market, was published in the 2016-2017 edition of the Journal and focused on the nexus between the Federal Labor Standards Act and the Seasonal Migrant Workers Act. Rafael also served as a member of the Moot Court Board and competed at the Ninth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Moot Court Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board.

After graduation from law school, Rafael served as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable Lucinda C. Masterton in the Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, Kentucky, drafting orders, writing opinions, and conducting legal research. Subsequently, Rafael worked at a prominent immigration firm in South Pasadena, California where he gained valuable experience in litigation through the federal court system and represented clients against government agencies. Prior to joining Friedenthal, Heffernan & Brown, Rafael practiced in a boutique real estate litigation firm in Santa Monica.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer as well as biking. He has visited Japan, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Ireland, England, and Mexico but hopes to add many more countries to that list.

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law; Juris Doctorate (2017)
  • University of Kentucky; B.A. (2014)

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • California