University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, FL
Doctorate of Jurisprudence, December 1994.
Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship.
NAPIL Pro Bono Publico Award.
Harvard University Cambridge, MA
A.B. Degree in Government, cum laude, June 1991.
Honors thesis. Harvard College Scholarship.
The Florida Bar April 1995.
Board Certified Criminal Trial Law November 2009.
United States District Court
Southern District of Florida September 1995.
Middle District of Florida February 1997.
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals October 1995.
United States Supreme Court February 2007.
Valentin Rodriguez, P.A. West Palm Beach, FL
Solo practitioner (January 1997 to present).
Defense and plaintiff’s litigation, appeals.
Represented municipalities and governmental entities
Emphasis in civil rights, labor and disability law, and state and federal criminal defense. Written opinions issued in Fourth District Court of Appeal; Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, Florida Supreme Court. Over 200 civil and criminal jury trials in state and federal courts.
Tierney & Haughwout, P.A. West Palm Beach, FL
Associate Attorney (August 1996 to January 1997).
Criminal law; appellate research.
James K. Green, P.A. West Palm Beach, FL
Associate Attorney (April 1995 to August 1996).
Law Clerk (June 1993 to April 1995).
Civil rights research and litigation; criminal law.
Court of Appeal, Fourth District West Palm Beach, FL
Researched civil, criminal, and unemployment issues
as summer intern to Judge B. Gunther. (May 1993 to June 1993).
Office of the Public Defender West Palm Beach, FL
Administrative Assistant to Public Defender
(June 1991 to August 1992); client assistance program; administrative clerk (April 1985 to September 1987, part-time 1987 to 1991).
Harvard Law School Mediation Project Cambridge, MA
Certified mediator in small claims cases based on “Getting to Yes” theory. (1989 to 1991).
Other Educational Endeavors:
Florida Justice Teaching Project (Florida Supreme Court, 2007 to present)
- Presents justice teaching curriculum to middle and high school students)
Palm Beach Community College
Criminal Justice Institute: Crime Scene class (Summer and Fall, 2005)
Town of Lake Clarke Shores
Police training and updates (case law updates) - quarterly.
Current Professional Affiliations & Community Service:
Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach
May 2003 to present
Involved with Key Club, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, and other charities; fund-raising efforts to support high school scholarships for local needy students.
Sponsor and former board member
C.R.O.S. Ministries collaborates with people of different faiths and organizations to create solutions to the unmet needs of people in the community.
Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission
At large member representing Palm Beach County
League of Cities (2010 to present)
Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations
Member of the National, Florida, and Palm Beach County chapters. Past-President of local chapter (2006/2007).
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Councilman, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida
(Serving third 2 year term)
Palm Beach County League of Cities
– designee to the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission