Jamie Francesca Rodriguez is a Washington, D.C., attorney who focuses her practice on investigations, regulatory advising, litigation, and diversity and inclusion matters. Ms. Rodriguez represents the firm's transportation industry clients in accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and U.S. military services, and advises on transportation regulatory matters, especially concerning autonomous vehicles, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation of aviation operations and safety, commercial space launch and satellite operations, and regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Ms. Rodriguez has drafted and obtained regulatory waivers and exemptions from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies, drafted comments to Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and government Requests for Information (RFIs), and prepared clients for meetings with DOT regulatory agencies concerning regulation of commercial drivers and deployment of autonomous vehicles. She also advises clients on export, import and related trade issues, and advises and speaks on diversity and inclusion efforts, practices and policies, and transgender awareness in the workplace. In addition, she serves as the director or co-chair of the diversity and inclusion committees for an two aviation-related bar associations.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Rodriguez served as an assistant general counsel with the NTSB, where she served as the lead agency attorney for major investigations in all modes of transportation, including those of the crash of the first SpaceShipTwo commercial spacecraft, the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship and the battery fire on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan International Airport. She also was lead agency counsel for investigations of the pipeline explosion in Sissonville, West Virginia, the Seastreak ferry accident in New York City, the bridge collapse over the Skagit River in northwestern Washington, the collision between a Metrolink train and a pickup truck in Oxnard, California, and the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.
Ms. Rodriguez provided the NTSB with extensive knowledge on export control issues, advising on licensing requirements and control of information subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). She liaised with the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) on ITAR matters and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on EAR matters, as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on the applicability of economic embargoes to entities involved in NTSB investigations. Ms. Rodriguez was also the lead agency attorney for information law issues. She advised the agency on administrative appeals and litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act matters and the agency's handling of trade secret and confidential commercial information. In addition, Ms. Rodriguez served as an instructor for NTSB Training Center Accident Investigation Courses in Ashburn, Virginia.
Prior to her work at the NTSB, Ms. Rodriguez was an intellectual property litigation associate at two large law firms, focusing primarily on patent litigation. During that time, she worked on patent litigations involving satellite communications, aircraft avionics, computer networks, speech synthesis, medical devices and handheld music players, as well as copyright disputes surrounding video games. She also is experienced in contract litigation and arbitration over satellite launch failures and government contract teaming agreements.
In addition, Ms. Rodriguez is a former U.S. Air Force military attorney and served in the U.S. Air Force's Judge Advocate General's Corps as a reserve judge advocate. She achieved the grade of major before leaving the service.
Prior to law school, Ms. Rodriguez worked as a satellite engineer for the U.S. Air Force and private industry on military and commercial satellite programs. She managed launch and early orbit checkout teams for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, installed command and control systems, conducted developmental and operational testing of 13-meter antennas near Fairbanks, Alaska, and developed satellite scheduling software.
Ms. Rodriguez is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor with approximately 560 flight hours in single-engine aircraft. She previously served as squadron commander for a Civil Air Patrol volunteer search and rescue squadron operating out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.
- University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Aerospace Engineering
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
- International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association, Executive Vice President and Director of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2020-Present
- American Bar Association, Forum on Air & Space Law, Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2020-Present
- American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
- Arizona Law Review
- Order of the Coif
- National Transportation Safety Board, Distinguished Employee Award
- U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course, Robert L. Lowry Award