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regina.rodriguez​@FaegreBD.com3200 Wells Fargo Center
1700 Lincoln Street

Denver, Colorado 80203

T: +1 303 607 3738
F: +1 303 607 3600

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1988)
University of Iowa
B.S., with honors (1985)

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Regina M. Rodriguez

Partner

Gina Rodriguez is an experienced trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on defense of complex litigation, mass tort and class action cases, particularly in the medical drug and device arena. In addition, Gina defends clients in government investigations.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Gina was an assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) and chief of the Civil Division in the District of Colorado where she supervised and directed all active civil cases for the office. Gina was appointed as a member of the U.S. Attorney General's Civil Chiefs' working group.

Gina also served in the Assistant Attorney General's Office for the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Deputy Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Working with senior counsel, she helped implement Attorney General Reno's vision on ADR being more widely and effectively utilized in the DOJ to obtain better and more efficient results in litigation. Gina helped establish and implement a nationwide ADR program for Civil AUSAs. As a certified mediator for the DOJ, she participated in many mediations — both as a mediator and in representation of clients.

Drug and Device Litigation Experience

Gina's representative experience in drug and device litigation includes:

  • Trial counsel for Zimmer Holdings, Inc. in a case over an allegedly faulty Durom Cup hip replacement. Three-week jury trial in St. Clair County, Illinois, resulted in a defense verdict.
  • Trial counsel in multiple cases alleging pharmaceutical-caused osteonecrosis of the jaw.
  • Representation of a national medical device company in defense of lawsuit alleging Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act in the context of a criminal subpoena.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturers in defense of product liability claims (PPA, HRT).
  • Representation of a vaccine manufacturer in defense of product liability claims (DTaP, influenza).
  • Representation of a national laboratory in defense of alleged laboratory error.

Complex Litigation Trial Experience

Gina also has trial experience in other complex litigation and tort issues. This additional experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in representation of the City and County of Denver against a prison inmate alleging a Denver sheriff’s deputy facilitated a beating by other inmates, during which the prison inmate was injured. The case settled before it went to court.
  • Lead counsel representation of the Colorado Latino Forum and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association in a two-week congressional re-districting trial.
  • Trial counsel representation of an agribusiness client in a four-month jury trial in the federal district court of Idaho of more than 400 crop growers' alleged off-target movement of herbicide applied by the Bureau of Land Management on government-controlled land.
  • Lead counsel representation of a Fortune 500 restaurant chain in defense of claimed §1981 civil rights violation.
  • Lead counsel representation of a Major League Baseball team in defense of numerous personal injury claims arising from an escalator malfunction.

Honors

  • Colorado Diversity Council — Most Powerful and Influential Women, 2015 
  • Law Week Colorado — Top Litigator, 2015
  • Hispanic National Bar Association — Latina Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association — Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer, 2013
  • University of Colorado School of Law — Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in Private Practice, 2013
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado — Women of Distinction Honoree, 2013
  • Law Week Colorado — Colorado Top Woman Lawyers, 2011
  • Colorado Super Lawyers — Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2009, 2012-15

Professional Associations

  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association — Board of Governors
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association — Board of Directors
  • Hispanic National Bar Association — Deputy General Counsel
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates — National Board
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Department of Justice — Former EEP Mediator
  • Office of Legal Education for the Department of Justice — Former Faculty Instructor
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group

Civic Activities

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado — Board Governance Committee (Non-Board Director Member)
  • Colorado Law Alumni Board
  • Denver Ballet Guild — Legal Counsel
  • Latinas First Foundation — Board Member (Secretary)

Presentations

  • Ethics and Professionalism — Is There a Difference?
    Panelist, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2012
  • Top 5 Issues Affecting New / Young Hispanic Lawyers
    Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, Seattle, 2012
  • The View From the Top
    National Association for Female Executives Women's Leadership Summit, 2011
  • Creating Opportunities
    Latina Leaders Forum, 2011
  • Internal Investigations
    Civil Litigation Summit, 2010
  • Internal Investigations
    Complex Litigation Summit, 2009
  • Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations
    Minority Corporate Counsel Conference, 2006
  • Back to School: Director Education
    Faegre & Benson Seminar, 2004
  • How to Prepare for Trial ‘I Need a Miracle'
    Colorado Women's Bar Association Convention, 2002
  • Subpoenaing a Non-Party Federal Employee
    Federal Bar Association, CLE on Professional Ethics, 2002
  • A Perspective From the Bench
    Faculty of Federal Advocates, CLE, 2001
  • Motions Practice From the Court's Perspective
    Federal Practice Update, Colorado Bar Association, 2001

Published Articles

  • Denver: An Opportunity for True Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession
    Co-Author with Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez and Shelby Myers, Law Week Colorado, March 23, 2015
  • The Changing Face of Higher Education
    Co-author, The Hill, June 2013
  • Another Cautionary Tale to Consider when Voluntarily Disclosing Documents to the Government
    Co-author, Indiana Manufacturers Association: Executive Memo, November 2012
  • Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations
    Trends, 2006
  • Central and Peripheral Routes to Persuasion: An Individual Difference Perspective
    Co-author, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1986

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