carmenrodriguez@joneswalker.com

Carmen M. Rodriguez

Specialties

Bad Faith
Business/Commercial
Class Action
Discovery
E-Discovery
Ethics
In-Camera Review
Mass Tort
Monitor
Multi District Litigation
Pharmaceutical
Product Liability

Carmen Rodriguez is a special counsel in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm's Lafayette office. When she joins a litigation team, her role centers on analysis, case evaluation, research, and briefing at both the district and appellate levels. Ms. Rodriguez' substantive practice is varied, and includes admiralty, commercial litigation, administrative law, telecommunications, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and insurance coverage and fraud.  She has considerable experience with complex cases, including both multi-district litigation and class actions.  She was recently appointed Deputy Special Master for the In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

 

Ms. Rodriguez joined Jones Walker in 2009, having previously worked for Longman Russo, APLC in the same capacity. She also worked for Liskow & Lewis as a litigator in the areas of toxic tort litigation, admiralty, bank director and officer litigation, energy litigation, and commercial disputes.

 

From 1992–1993 and 2003–2006, Ms. Rodriguez served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. She also clerked for the Honorable Richard T. Haik, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, from 1993-1996, with special assignment to the Combustion, Inc. multi-district environmental litigation.

Case List

Multi-District Litigation

  • Worked as the sole judicial law clerk for both United States District Judge Richard T. Haik and United States Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Tynes in In re: Combustion, Inc., 94-MDL-4000, serving as liaison to counsel as well as case management, assisting the Court with rulings on numerous legal issues and discovery disputes, both those raised in the context of motions and those that arose through daily handling of the case.
  • In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299-Deputy Special Master, with a special focus on legal analysis, case management, and drafting documents on behalf of the Court.

Environmental

Defending suits involving allegations of environmental contamination as a result of decades of oilfield activties, including:

  • State of Louisiana and Cameron Parish School Board v. Aspect Energy, LLC, Azimuth Energy, LLC, and ConocoPhillips Company, Docket No. 10-18673, 38th Judicial District Court, Cameron Parish, Louisiana
  • The Maryland Company v. ExxonMobil Corporation, Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP, Civil Action No. 10-1781, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Martin v. Koch Industries, Inc., Civil Action No. 11-01413, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Energy

Defending suits involving extensive cross-indemnity disputes, personal injury defense, general litigation, including:

  • Apache Corporation v. GlobalSantaFe Corporation, et al, Civil Action No. 06-1643, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (litigated jury trial rights up to a writ denial in the United States Supreme Court)
  • Smetana v. Apache Corporation, et al, Civil Action No. 10-349, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Administrative

Defending challenges to various actions taken by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, including:

  • Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar, et al, Case No. 10-60490, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Gulf Restoration Network v. Salazar, et al, Case No. 10-60414, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  •  Defenders of Wildlife v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Civil Action No. 10-0254, United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  •  Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Civil Action No. 11-2208, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Commercial Litigation

 Litigating various cases involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and conspiracy for banks and other companies, including:

  • Whitney National Bank v. Boylston, Civil Action No. 09-59, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Q2 Software, Inc. v. MidSouth Bank NA, Civil Action No. 11-66, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Insurance Coverage and Fraud

Defending numerous civil suits adverse to insureds, agents, and/or consultants.

Honors Membership Awards

  • Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Bar Association of the United States Supreme Court
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1992
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. in English, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1993

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • 5th Cir., 2010
  • E.D. La., 1993
  • M.D. La., 1998
  • W.D. La., 1994
  • Louisiana, 1993