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Sean Phillips Rodriguez


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Areas of Practice



Class Actions

Securities Litigation


Stanford Law School, J.D., 2008; Pro Bono distinction; Kirkwood Moot Court Co-President; Stanford Law Review (Senior Editor)

University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Latin, English, 2005; Phi Beta Kappa; Distinguished Scholar; Minors in Biology, Philosophy, Government


Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2008-2009



Sean Rodriguez's practice primarily involves complex litigation, with particular emphasis on antitrust, intellectual property, and technology.  His matters include:

  • Representing a national distributed-solar company in a leading antitrust case against an incumbent utility.
  • Representing a major credit card network in connection with antitrust claims arising from the network’s contractual provisions with merchants.  In the summer of 2014, Mr. Rodriguez was part of a team that defended the network in a seven week bench trial against claims by the Department of Justice relating to those provisions.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest software companies in asserting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims, copyright infringement, and related claims against third-party service provider.
  • Representing clients in data-breach response matters.
  • Representing American Express in successful defense on appeal after the Firm’s victory at trial in a nationwide class action involving, among other claims, a claim under California's unfair competition law. 

Other significant experience includes matters involving alleged misappropriation and financial impropriety, securities class actions, criminal tax evasion defense, defamation and the First Amendment matters, and representation of the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger challenge to California’s same-sex marriage ban. 

At Stanford Law School, Mr. Rodriguez participated in the Constitutional Law Workshop, where he helped write a brief to the Supreme Court of the United States and prepared materials for use by federal and state officials.  As part of Stanford's Cyberlaw Clinic, Mr. Rodriguez worked on computer and intellectual property-related matters.  Mr. Rodriguez also served as a research assistant to a professor whose main interests involve the legal and ethical implications of technology.  Mr. Rodriguez was Co-President of Stanford's Kirkwood Moot Court Competition and a Senior Editor on the Stanford Law Review.

Before law school, Mr. Rodriguez helped manage a microbiology laboratory and worked for a state agency on indigent defense.

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