About Stephen G. Rodriguez
Always a Criminal Defense Lawyer – Never a Prosecutor
Stephen G. Rodriguez is a career criminal defense attorney. He has never
been a police officer, criminal prosecutor or worked for law enforcement.
His focus has always been on representing individuals charged with committing
a crime. Some former prosecutors brag about their 93% success rate (for
convictions) and suggest that their experience makes them a better criminal
defense attorney. Mr. Rodriguez disagrees. Prosecuting and defending a
criminal case requires very different skill sets.
A prosecutor's mindset and philosophy is to prosecute and convict,
while a defense lawyer’s mindset and philosophy is to defend and
acquit. Mr. Rodriguez has never prosecuted or convicted anyone; he has
devoted his career to
defending people. Through the years, Mr. Rodriguez has represented individuals in
a broad variety of criminal matters, which has provided him with an in-depth
understanding of the intricacies of California criminal law.
“After almost eighteen years of being a criminal defense lawyer,
my passion and commitment for helping those accused of crimes remains
the driving force in my life. I am thankful for the knowledge, skills
and experience I have acquired. My continued legal education each year
allows me to gain an even better understanding and competence to assist
my clients and bring them the confidence and fighting spirit that they
entrust in me and my legal team. Every opportunity to negotiate a successful
plea, obtain a not guilty verdict or a dismissal of the charges gives
me the strength and courage to work even harder for their benefit. Other
than my loving wife and daughter, my practice will always be the main
priority in my life. That is the promise and commitment I make to each
Mr. Rodriguez has provided legal commentary on the following shows:
- Anderson Cooper 360
- KABC (Channel 7)
- Azteca America
Background & Qualifications
Stephen grew up in the Lone Star State of Texas and graduated from the
University of Texas in Austin. After earning his J.D. from Loyola Law
School in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Rodriguez immediately started practicing
criminal law by working for a very experienced, tough, and reputable criminal
defense attorney in the area.
He has participated in a number of professional organizations, including:
- American Bar Association
- California Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Mexican American Bar Association
- Criminal Courts Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- California Public Defenders Association
Through these organizations and programs, including the National Institute
of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers' College,
he stays on top of changes in California criminal law and the most current
criminal trial and practice techniques.
Find Out Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners Can Help You
The law firm of Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners is located in the US
Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, which is not only the tallest building
in Los Angeles but the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
The office is only minutes away from the Los Angeles County Jail and the
Los Angeles Superior Court—which is commonly referred to as The
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (formerly known as the
Criminal Courts Building). Our firm exclusively practices
criminal defense, and is comprised of several talented and experienced trial attorneys.
Contact our office today to
set up your free consultation!