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After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1993, Tito Rodriguez joined the public defender's office in Seattle. As a public defender, he handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases, first as a staff trial attorney and later as a supervisor in the felony unit. He later served as Depurty Director.  After leaving the public defender, Mr. Rodriguez maintained a private criminal defense practice for several years before changing the focus of his practice to Social Security disability cases.  He now handles Social Security disability cases at both the agency level and on appeal to federal court.


Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 99%
  2. Criminal Defense: 1%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin James Trombold

    I have known Francisco since he was a young public defender working the trenches of the criminal courts. He was and remains one of the most diligent attorneys I know. His focus on justice against the tide of injustice makes him a leader among lawyers. I endorse this lawyer.


    Kevin Trombold DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Juanita E. Holmes

    I wholeheartedly endorse Francisco "Tito" Rodriguez's work. I co-tried a murder case with him that resulted in an acquittal, thanks largely to his rigorous advocacy. His thoughtful and sensitive direct examination of our client helped the jury understand that our client acted in self-defense.


    Juanita Holmes Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Po Box 31844
Seattle, WA, 98103-1844


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2004
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa Society1990
Mortar BoardMortar Board National Senior Honor Society1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Francisco Rodriguez2009 - Present
Deputy DirectorThe Defender Association2008 - 2009
N/ALaw Office of Francisco Rodriguez2005 - 2008
PartnerHorwitz & Rodriguez PLLC2001 - 2005
Asst. Felony SuperviserSeattle-King County Public Defender Association2000 - 2005
Felony AttorneySeattle-King County Public Defender Association1996 - 2000
AssociateDavis Wright Tremaine1996 - 1996
Misdemeanor AttorneySeattle-King County Public Defender Association1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMember2006 - 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Governors2005 - 2010
Washington State Bar Association "Ethics 2003" CommitteeMember2003 - 2005
King County Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2008
Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Aid CommitteeChair1998 - 1999
Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Aid CommitteeMember1995 - 1998
Washington Defender AssociationMember1993 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Criminal DefenseEthics: The New - and Improved? - Rules of Professional Conduct2007
OnlineCriminal Defense: Public Defender Or Private Criminal Defense Attorney?2006
OnlineCriminal Defense: Why Not Testify In Your Own Defense?2006
OnlineCriminal Defense: Consult An Attorney Before Taking A Police Polygraph2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
How to Succeed in Private Practice Without Getting DisbarredThe Ethics of Fee Agreements2006