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I have practiced law continuously since 1993. I am admitted to practice law both in Florida (by the Florida Bar) and in Texas (by the State Bar of Texas). I am also admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal courts with jurisdiction in Florida and Texas. Since year 2000, I have been Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
I graduated High School in Bradenton, Florida. I attended the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A., 1986) and Master of Arts degree (M.A., 1987). After graduating, I worked for several years as an investigator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and as a compliance officer for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). I then attended the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree (J.D., 1993).
About My Law Practice
After graduating law school, I went to work for a boutique employment law firm and learned the employment law business from the ground up. In year 2000, I started my own law practice and have continued to concentrate my practice on the employment relationship to this day.
Why I became a Lawyer
My interest in being a lawyer was sparked early in my life as a result of a childhood illness that left me with a permanant disability. As I came of age, I learned the power of the law to level the playing field as I could see how it helped me to overcome barriers not otherwise possible because of my disability. This is one the main reasons I decided to become a lawyer.
Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2004||08/31/2016|
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1993||09/22/2016|
|Owner||Law Office of Dale M Rodriguez||2000 - 2009|
|Sr. Associate Attorney||Gillespie, Rozen, Tanner & Watsky, PC||1993 - 2000|
|Compliance Officer||Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (Dept of Labor)||1988 - 1990|
|Investigator||U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||1987 - 1988|
|Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of South Florida||Social Sciences||MA - Masters||1987|
|University of South Florida||Social Sciences||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|