Contact Information

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 medical drug and device cases as well as other products. Depending on a client's priorities, Gina provides preventive litigation counseling and advice, and when the decision is made to try a case, she focuses her experience and skill on winning. In addition, Gina defends clients in government investigations.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Gina was an assistant U.S. attorney 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.

Previously, Gina served in the Assistant Attorney General's Office as the Deputy Senior Counsel for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Working with Senior Counsel, she helped implement Attorney General Reno's vision on ADR being more widely and effectively utilized in the Department of Justice 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.

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

  • 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

Gina also has trial experience in other product liability and tort issues. This additional experience includes:

  • Representation of the Colorado Latino Forum and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association in a two-week Congressional re-districting trial
  • 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
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 restaurant chain in defense of claimed §1981 civil rights violation
  • Representation of a Major League Baseball team in defense of numerous personal injury claims arising from an escalator malfunction

Honors

  • 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, 2012-14

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association — Board of Governors
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association — Board of Directors
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 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 Commission on Higher Education — 7th Congressional District
  • Colorado Law Alumni Board
  • Denver Ballet Guild — Legal Counsel

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

  • 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