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Draper Tobias Rodriguez

Workers compensation Attorney at Lubbock, TX

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Toby Rodriguez

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Draper

Learn Draper’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    75%
    Representing Injured workers at all levels of the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers' Compensation including medical and income benefit issues.

    21 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    Representing injured parties whose injuries were the result of someone's negligent actions; whether they be automobile accidents, slip and falls or the like.

    21 years

Mr. Rodriguez atteneded McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English/Writing and History as well as a minor in Political Science in 1999.

 

Upon completion of his degree Mr. Rodriguez attended Texas Tech University School of Law.  While at Texas Tech, Mr. Rodriguez did take advantage of a study abroad program for which he lived in Guanajuato, Mexico for the summer studying Mexican Business Law and NAFTA.  Upon completion of the requirements for the degree, Mr. Rodriguez was awarded his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2003.  He likewise took and passed the Texas State Bar the same year.  

 

Since being licensed Mr. Rodriguez has been his firm's managing attorney in Lubbock office. Likewise, Mr. Rodriguez and his firm have recently opened an office in Abilene for which Mr. Rodriguez is the managing attorney as well.  Mister Rodriguez has represented Claimant's in the Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Abilene, San Angelo, San Antonio and Fort Worth field offices of the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers' Compensation (formerly the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission).  He has represented Claimants in other states such as Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisianna, who required assistance with their Texas Workers' Compensation claims.  Mister Rodriguez has represented Claimants before all levels of the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers' Compensation resolving both medical and indemnity benefit issues, County and District courts of the state, State Appellate courts, and Federal District Courts.  

 

Mister Rodriguez has focused most of his legal work on Texas Workers' Compensation claims; however, he and his firm provide services for a multitude of issues and also specialize in representing persons who were injured due to the negligence of another party; including but not limited to automobile accidents, slip and falls, and products liabilities.  In addition, the firm excells at resolving the complex issues which will arise when a client has both a Workers' Compensation claim as well as a third party claim/lawsuit against a negligent party.  

 

Mister Rodriguez has been selected to speak on Workers' Compensation issues, and most recently has been asked to speak at a State Bar of Texas continuing legal education seminar on Workers' Compensation issues.

 

Mister Rodriguez resides in Lubbock with his wife and two children, is an avid reader, published historian, and outdoorsman who enjoys the shooting sports.

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Location

Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein P C
4920 South Loop 289
Suite 103A
Lubbock, TX, 79414
Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein
500 Chestnut
Suite 213
Abilene, TX, 79602
Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein
1330 East 8th Street
Suite 410
Odessa, TX, 79761
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Reviews

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Posted by Zack | October 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Draper is your FIRST and ONLY call!
“THE” only Workers Comp attorney you should know. Draper DEFINITELY sets the bar in his industry. I hired Draper in 2016 for a Workers Comp claim. He has been on this case now for over a year and literally has guided me in every aspect. He was and is still my advocate. If you want a lawyer that keeps open lines of communication this is your guy!! I have never once had an issue with getting a return phone call or email and his response time is even more impressive. Even though he has had my case for 15+ months now I still get the feel that my case is very important. Draper is very knowledgeable with what he does and I am so thankful I found him!! So whatever you do make sure Draper is your first call! Don’t make the mistake of calling him after you realize that your current council isn’t making the cut. His office gives risk free consultations so this should be a no brainer. Take my advice, this is your guy! I should know, he won my case!
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Posted by kilgore | July 31, 2014
5 star TOP NOTCH workers comp attorney !
After early denial and very poor action from first attorney chris lee from leticia gonsalez firm (didnt even show for brc and failed to inform me he cancelled yet charged me office visits i never made and cancelled my brc without my consent or notifying me i found out 4 months later) i can only tell you my case was more than severely damaged,so i tried ombudsman which only made matters worse,much worse . I was so far behind the 8 ball with a 19 day deadline till contested case hearing when i desperately searched for an excellent attorney with skills in contested case hearings ..mind you many advertise they can help you buy once you mention these type severities or problems at this point,they want off the phone so quick they almost hang up chokin on their inaddequicies,and you will be quick to hear most say they dont handle contested case hearings . They just arent the real deal trial hardened type such as " Toby" Draper Rodriguez ! He worked so hard to obtain all my records and files from all the numerous places and Dr. In less than 10 days and was up to par and so far ahead of the game on our hearing day I was convinced of the very confident feeling i had on day one of hiring him and following my first consultation. I left his office with the first glimpse of hope i had to this point since the injury and all the anguish and pain and unknowing uncertainty started.Toby breathed life back into me ..that moment alone was priceless in comparison to how it feels to be losing your career and livelyhood and material things etc. Then the day came and Draper slayed them ..i mean he was a calculated assassin of delivering his knowledge which i might add he is a walking text book of knowledge concerning all matters of the workers comp laws and procedures . Incredible vast knowledge! He also has ability to read people and get on your level so you dont feel at all like the little man or confused . I highly recomend "Toby" Draper Rodriguez for any of your litigation matters . We whooped them that day! Thank you so much Toby! Words will never express how greatfull I am to have you on my side working that hard for my rights and what I am entitled to as humane ! Client as of may 19th 2014 and for life !!
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2013
Couldn't Be Happier!
I was struck at a stop light by a driver who was high, had no license and was in an automobile that wasn't registered in his name. He totaled my car, and struck several more along the way. I clearly took the brunt of the impact. Despite having run into a lack of coverage initially and a denial by the insurance carrier, Toby kept on the insurance carrier until they accepted liability for the claim. He was able to settle the matter for much more than I had anticipated. He took care of my PIP claim and negotiated reductions of my medical payments such that I was able to put a substantial amount of money in my pocket. He did this professionally, always let me know what the status of the matter was, did so in a quick manner after I had finished treating, and was reasonable with the amount he charged. It was a pleasant experience to have an attorney who treated me like a friend and not just another client. I would highly recommend this attorney for any personal injury work in the future.
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Rates
  • Free Consultation 90 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence
  • 2003
  • McMurry University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • University of Guanajuato
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Claimant suffered injury, entitled to Temporary Income Benefits; MO-18287315-01
  • Claimant suffered a compensable injury and entitled to Temporary Income Benefits
  • Claimant shows Carrier dispute of extent, MMI, and IR; Claimant awarded SIBs-15100533-01
  • Claimant retained his extent of injury, MMI date, IR, Carrier waived all disputes, and Claimant entitled to Supplemental Income Benefits
  • Death Benefits payable to spouse and grandson; 17274083-01
  • Grandson entitled to Death Benefits as a dependent and wife of Decedent entitled to Death Benefits as spouse.
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Associations

  • Llano Estacado Chapter Quail Forever #3231
  • Treasurer
  • 2022 - Present
  • Llano Estacado Chapter Quail Forever #3231
  • Treasurer
  • 2022 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Workers' Compensation
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • South Plains Girls Softball Association
  • Assistant Coach
  • 2023 - 2023
  • Lubbock Coooper Little League
  • Assistant Coach
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Llano Estacado Chapter Quail Forever #3231
  • At-Large Board Member
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Volunteer
  • 2012 - 2023
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association-Lubbock
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2016
  • AVVO rated Excellent Workers' Compensation Attorney
  • Avvo.com
  • 2015
  • AVVO top contributor Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury
  • avvo.com
  • 2015
  • Avvo Top Contributor Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury
  • avvo.com
  • 2014
  • 2013 Top Contributor Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury
  • avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Park and Wilson Scholarship for Outstanding Writer
  • McMurry University
  • 1998
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Publications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Medical Benefits
  • 2023
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Oh My, MMI!
  • 2018
  • Handling Your First (or next) Workers' Compensation Case
  • Overview of Benefits
  • 2013
  • The Encyclopedia of American Military HIstory
  • McKenzie, Ranald S.
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workers' Compensation Law 101
  • Medical Benefits
  • 2023
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation Law Course/Best of Advanced Workers Compensation 2018: Top Rated Presentations
  • Oh My MMI!
  • 2018
  • Business Law
  • Overveiw of Texas Workers' Compensation
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (26)
Endorse Draper
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Draper is a very knowledgeable attorney with a clear desire to help those in need of the best possible legal representation. If you are injured and have a claim in his area, you would be well served by seeking his consult."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best I have had the pleasure to square off against. A formidable opponent and gentlemen."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Draper. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Draper. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have lectured with Attorney Rodriguez at the annual Texas Workers' Compensation seminar. I have always found him to be professional and knowledgeable in regards to workers comp claims."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A good workers' comp case can turn bad in a hurry if you don't have the right lawyer on your side. So don't wait for the insurance to start jerking you around. If you have a workers' comp case in west Texas, you need to hire Toby Rodriguez. He has years of experience and not only knows the law, but is liked and respected by judges, defense lawyers, and insurance adjusters all alike. Despite his friendly demeanor, he means business and will do what it takes to get the best results for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Draper "Toby" is a straight shooting attorney that works hard to get results for his clients. I rely on Toby's expertise in workers compensation law and refer clients to him knowing that they will be well taken care of."
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