Jamie Rodriguez is a Washington, D.C., attorney who focuses her practice on investigations, regulatory advising, litigation and dispute resolution. Ms. Rodriguez is a former U.S. Air Force military attorney and satellite engineer. More recently, she served as an Assistant General Counsel with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She represents the firm's transportation industry clients in accident investigations conducted by the 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 also advises clients on accident claims and litigation, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals, and export, import and related trade issues.
While at the NTSB, Ms. Rodriguez served as the lead agency attorney for major investigations in all modes of transportation, including those of the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship, the crash of the first SpaceShipTwo commercial spacecraft, the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 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, W.Va., 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, Calif., 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 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, Va.
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. Ms. Rodriguez 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 an 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.
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