"The experience my parents went through pushed me to become an
attorney... to help others not have to go through that."
Carlos G. Rodriguez, Esquire, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. During his junior year in high school, he decided to become an attorney after his late father was fired from his work due to age discrimination and his family suffered trying to hire an attorney. He remembers an attorney wanting to charge his family two hundred dollars ($200) for a consultation and when they asked for a reduction, the attorney refused to see them and told the secretary not to make appointments with indigent people. This is the main reason he never charged anybody for a consultation.
A resident of the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania, since March 2003.
Served in the first Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Allentown.
Co-founder and administrator of a Spanish-speaking telephone conference line where Hispanics from different nationalities and religions have been connecting every night to pray together for the last year.
Black belt in Kung Fu from Rothrock’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Over twenty (20) years of experience working as a lawyer litigating hundreds of cases, including personal injury, family law, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and adult and juvenile criminal cases.
Over fifthteen (15) years serving as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.
Admitted to practice law in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lehigh County Bar Association and Northampton County Bar Association.
Former assistant public defender at the Lehigh County Public Defender’s Office in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he defended all types of criminal cases.
Court appointed civil arbitrator for Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Former assistant district attorney for the Honorable Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he prosecuted all types of criminal cases.
Graduated from Penn State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law and Business Minor.
Graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a Juris Doctor’s degree.
Worked as a paid certified legal intern at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s, Investigative Unit, where he was allowed to conduct court hearings even before graduating from law school.
Completed a trial court clerkship with the late Honorable Judge John A. Zottola in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.