Richard V. Rodriguez

   

 
Richard V. Rodriguez is an Assistant Attorney General, with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), where he prosecutes civil violations of the District’s consumer protection laws, focusing on issues in the FinTech and shared economy spaces along with traditional consumer law issues such as contractor, housing, debt collection, and other service frauds.

Richard often works on complex and de novo consumer issues such as litigating and settling the District’s first consumer notario fraud case, settled a tribal lending usury case—which resulted in over $2.8 million in restitution and debt forgiveness, fully litigated the first State Attorney General Rule-56 judgment over a company that solicited and raised funds through the Kickstarter platform, and settled a complex housing “flipper” case that resulted in over $1.3 million of consumer restitution and that created individual liability theory case precedent that OCP now uses in housing cases. Prior to his role with the OCP, he was a trial attorney with the Public Advocacy Section and the Civil Enforcement Section of the OAG. His work there included Housing, Medicaid and Fraud, False Claims Act, alcoholic beverage regulation enforcement, condominium warranty cases, and agency enforcement actions. During law school he clerked with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation , Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office , the U.S. House Small Business Committee, and the Mexican Federal Department of Transportation’s Legal Department.

Prior to his career in law, Richard worked in banking with the largest Long Island, New York-based commercial bank as a cash management officer, working on building out compliance and risk management policies for the implementation of new banking technologies, including commercial check scanning systems.
Richard is the Treasurer of the D.C. Bar, the largest unified bar in the country, where he also sits on his second term of its Steering Committee for the Antitrust and Consumer Law Community of the D.C. Bar (2015-2020). He’s also sat on the board of various organizations at his law school, but his favorite Board that he sits on is the Board of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C., having been its President in 2018, and still serving on that Board since 2013.

Richard grew up in New York, in the Boogie Down Bronx—the birthplace of hip hop and salsa. Richard received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from American University and his M.P.S. and B.S. from Stony Brook University (SUNY).

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