Maria E. Rodriguez LinkedIn

Attorney in Baltimore, MD

Maria Rodriguez is a business and commercial litigator, with experience in trade secret, employment, securities fraud, antitrust and libel cases. She is also a member of Venable's appellate practice group and has handled appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Third, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Ms. Rodriguez has specialized knowledge regarding abandoned property/escheat laws and she counsels clients in that area.

Fluent in Spanish, and broadly educated (American Literature and History, Psychology, and Law), Ms. Rodriguez brings a wide frame of reference to her work with Venable clients. Her writing skills were recently recognized when she was named to be and served as editor-in-chief of Litigation magazine.

Representative Clients

She supports Venable clients in the services, manufacturing, banking and publishing industries.

Significant Matters

Ms. Rodriguez represents a variety of corporate, non-profit and governmental clients. Recently, she litigated an environmental law case on behalf of a national company to a successful verdict, and handled the legal issues in a case involving complex federal constitutional questions. Also recently, she successfully litigated a large case (obtaining dismissal, stay of discovery, and settlement) on behalf of an educational institution. She has procured summary judgment for an international owner and operator of hotels in a banking case, for a large manufacturing company in an employment discrimination case and for a pharmaceutical company in a FOIA action, a result that she successfully defended in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also assisted in the trial of two trade secret misappropriation cases and in the successful defense of a national business magazine in a libel case.


Ms. Rodriguez is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section and served as editor-in-chief of Litigation magazine during 2010-2012, where she remains on the editorial board. She is also active in the Venable Foundation and vice-president of the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation. Ms. Rodriguez recently finished serving for two years on the Maryland Bar Character Committee.


Life Sciences

Hospitality and Lodging

Judicial Clerkships

Honorable Fern M. Smith, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1989 - 1990


American Bar Association

Wesleyan Lawyers Association


Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2013 and 2014

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Areas of Law

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Securities Class Action Defense
  • ERISA / Employee Benefits Class Action Defense


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1989, California
1996, Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Law School Attended

Stanford Law School
Class of 1989

University Attended

Wesleyan University
Class of 1981

University of Oregon
Class of 1984

Birth Information

Born in 1959
Cuba, September 25, 1959



Contact Information






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Office Information
Maria E. Rodriguez
 750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 900,
Baltimore, MD 21202


Venable LLP (Baltimore, Maryland)

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