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Joseph A. (Tony) Rodriguez

Joseph A. Rodriguez


Tony began his legal career clerking for United States Federal District Judge, Filemon B. Vela of the Southern District, Texas.  Born and raised in Brownsville, Tony attended college at the University of Notre Dame.  After graduating from the University of Houston Law School, he returned to his hometown where he has been practicing law for over 30 years. Tony’s favorite pastimes are watching live sporting events, (including at least one annual trek to watch his beloved Fighting Irish), playing pinball, drinking craft beer, and spending time at the beach with his wife Rhonda and their two dogs, Gipper and Maddy.

Location: Brownsville, Texas
Phone: 956-542-7441
Fax: 956-541-2170
Email: Email Me
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  • Josephs Rodriquez Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Defect Defense
  • Railroad Defense
  • First Party Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil Field Accidents Defense
  • Trucking Industry Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 1987
    • Honors: Dean, Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1986-1987
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
    • B.B.A. – 1984

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer, by Thomson Reuters

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, Associate
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Associate and American Bar Foundation
  • Cameron County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2014
  • Federal Bar Association, Southern District Of Texas Chapter Brownsville Division Board Representative, South Texas CLE Program Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Diversity Committee
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association
  • Leadership Brownsville, Class IX Graduate
  • Leadership Brownsville, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Former District 15 Director, 2010 – 2014
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Legislative, Membership and Young Lawyers Committees, Past Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Attorney Admission Fund Committee, 2010 – Present
  • State Grievance Committee Investigatory Panel (Current Chair)

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Filemon B. Vela, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, Briefing Attorney, 1987 – 1989


  • Spanish


  • Delta Theta Phi

Joseph A. Tony Rodriguez

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