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The Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

Practicing Faculty

 

Education

  • J.D., Univ. of Texas School of Law, 1987
  • M. Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1987
  • B.A., Harvard Univ. 1983

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • E-Discovery
  • Federal Courts

Biography

Xavier Rodriguez is a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and currently sits on the bench as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas Law School. 

Prior to assuming the bench, he was a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright). Judge Rodriguez is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery and arbitration issues. 

He is the editor of Essentials of E-Discovery (TexasBarBooks 2d ed. 2021). He is a member of The Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board, the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute Advisory Board, and serves as the Distinguished Visiting Jurist-in-Residence and adjunct professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. Judge Rodriguez was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. 

In 2011 he was awarded the Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service from the St. Mary’s University School of Law. In 2017, he received the State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE, recognizing his long-term contributions to continuing legal education. 

In 2021, he was presented the Texas Bar Foundation’s Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award and TexasBarCle’s Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section and Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Bar Foundation’s Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award, 2021
  • TexasBarCLE’s Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development Award, 2021
  • State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in CLE, 2017
  • Rosewood Gavel Award for Outstanding Judicial Service, 2011

Publications

Books

  • Editor of Essentials of E-Discovery (TexasBarBooks 2d ed. 2021)

Presentations

  • Frequent speaker on continuing legal education seminars in Texas and nationally and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery and arbitration issues.