Hogan Lovells partner Regina Rodriguez is already a well known name in the commercial litigation world. Her career has taken her through the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Colorado and Washington, D.C., BigLaw firms and saw her nominated by President Barack Obama for a federal judge seat.
Her reputation as a trial lawyer also helps drive work her way, like in the instance of a major case for a Tulane University researcher last year. But while talking about her career, Rodriguez is quick to list off the achievements of the other attorneys she’s worked with and her strength in building teams and mentoring others.
She highlighted the people she’s worked with in the early stages of her career after moving from doing criminal litigation for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to civil litigation at Cooper & Kelly. There, she worked with other former DOJ and DEA attorneys like Elizabeth Starrs, Beth McCann and Richard Caschette — people whom she says are now “the lions of our industry.”
She went on to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., under U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and then deputy chief of the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado before transitioning to private practice.
And although she has plenty of major cases of her own that could stand out as career milestones, she highlights her career with watching young attorneys make partner or start their own firms or seeing her peers find success — such as helping to lure now-U.S. District Magistrate Judge Nina Wang to Colorado from Washington, D.C.
“None of us gets where we are on our own, so let’s all help one another,” she said. “Probably some of the most gratifying things that have happened in my career were not things that happened to me or for me — it was for those people that I’ve worked with, that I’ve mentored and that I’ve trained over the years.”