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Stephen G. Rodriguez

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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.

Mr. Rodriguez has a rule of thumb as a defense lawyer and that is that he does not ask his client what happened. He doesn’t care about that. It is not important nor is it relevant. The only thing that matters is what the government/prosecutor can prove.

“After 20+ 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 of you.”

Mr. Rodriguez has provided legal commentary on the following shows:

  • Anderson Cooper 360
  • KABC (Channel 7)
  • Telemundo
  • Univision
  • Azteca America

Background & Qualifications

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em Horns) Mr. Rodriguez pursued his passion for law, earning his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Following law school, Stephen was mentored by a veteran and seasoned criminal defense attorney, with decades of experience, who shared his insights, techniques, strategies, and negotiation skills which have helped him secure favorable outcomes for his clients. He is not afraid to think outside the box which has allowed him to come up with creative ways to defend his clients when all appears lost.

With a strong foundation in criminal law, Mr. Rodriguez quickly established himself as a formidable legal advocate. He embarked on his career as a criminal defense attorney, determined to protect the rights and interests of his clients. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated his expertise, unwavering commitment, and compassion for those facing the complexities of the criminal justice system.

Stephen is proud of what he does and the role he plays as an advocate for the accused. He defends his clients vigorously and without apology. He is driven by a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of his clients.

He maintains a high level of professionalism and strives to provide excellent legal representation. With his strong advocacy skills, knowledge of the law, and unwavering dedication, he has earned a reputation for vigorously fighting for his clients' rights, future, and freedom. He is prepared to go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes for his clients.

Bar Admissions

  • Los Angeles, 2000


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA., J.D.
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, BBA
  • NITA (National Institute of Trial Advocacy)
  • TAP ( Trial Advocacy Program)

Attorney Stephen G. Rodriguez has completed training provided by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and The Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) offered by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).

NITA is recognized for its approach to enhancing trial advocacy skills among defense lawyers. The training combines theoretical knowledge with practical workshops, effective communication, critical thinking, and strategic planning within the courtroom. Through simulated trial exercises and hands-on practice, participants like Rodriguez can bolster their confidence and competence in representing clients during criminal proceedings.

The Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) aims to refine trial advocacy skills. TAP: The Workshop Series focuses on specific trial advocacy skills through separate workshops, including deposition skills, courtroom skills, and witness examination. These workshops blend lectures with practical exercises, enabling participants like Rodriguez to hone their abilities and receive constructive feedback.

Both programs emphasize practical experience and are led by seasoned trial attorneys, making them valuable resources for lawyers looking to sharpen their trial skills. badge

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