U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez

U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez
262 West Nueva Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
Contact InformationBiographical Information
  • Year Service Began:
    2003
  • Appointed By:
    President George W. Bush
  • Education:
    The University of Texas School of Law, Juris Doctor (1987)
    The University of Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Affairs (1987)
    Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts (1983)
  • Legal Practice:
    Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Partner, San Antonio, Texas
    Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections (1987 – September 2001, November 2002 – August 2003)
  • Military Service:
    U.S. Army Reserves, Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps 1983-1992
  • Judicial Experience:
    United States District Judge, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division (August 2003 – present)
    Justice, Supreme Court of Texas (September 2001 – November 2002)
    U.S. Judicial Conference, Member, Committee on Judicial Resources
    Fifth Circuit Judicial Council Court Administration Standing Committee
    Fifth Circuit District Judges Association, Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal Cases)
    Liaison Judge to the General Services Administration regarding New U.S. Courthouse Project for San Antonio, Texas
    Western District of Texas, Chair, IT Committee
  • Memberships:
    Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Global Advisory Council (2020 – present)
    Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees (2020 – present)
    Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute Advisory Board (2019 – present)
    Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board (2018 – present)
    St. Mary’s Univ. School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law (2009 – present)
    University of Texas at San Antonio, Lecturer (2006 – 2009)
    American Law Institute, Member and Member of the Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law (Third), Employment Law (2001 – 2003)
    Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter, Board Member (2005 – present)
    San Antonio Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Directors (2003 – 2005)
    State Bar of Texas, Former , Continuing Legal Education Committee
    State Bar of Texas, Former Chair, Litigation Section
    State Bar of Texas, Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section
    William S. Sessions American Inn of Court, Former President
    Board Certified – Labor and Employment Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994) (inactive)
    Qualified Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute (1998)
    Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
    State Bar of Texas, Past Chair, Paralegal Committee
    American Bar Association, Former Member, Standing Committee on Legal Assistants
    San Antonio Bar Association, Member
  • Community Service:
    Texas Lutheran University, Former Member Board of Regents
    Texas Public Radio, Community Advisory Board (2008)
    Texas State Board for Educator Certification, Vice Chair (2000 – 2001)
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Liturgist (2004 – present)
    San Antonio Area Foundation, Former Board Member
    Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (2006 – 2008)
    South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Board
    Respite Care of San Antonio, Past President
    Harvard Club of San Antonio, Past President
    Univ. Of Texas at San Antonio, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Former Advisory Council Member
    St. Mary’s Univ. School of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council, Former Member
    Mayor’s Task Force on Kelly AFB Privatization, Former Member
    City of San Antonio Board of Review for Historic Districts, Former Member
    Leadership San Antonio, Alumnus and Former Committee Member
  • Other:
    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). He was board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps and has served on the board of directors of several charitable organizations across Texas.
    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, the EDRM Global Advisory Council, and serves as the Distinguished Visiting Jurist-in-Residence and adjunct professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. He 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, Judge Rodriguez 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 the 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.
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