Leilani J. Rodriguez

Leilani J. Rodriguez

Senior Associate at Sholes & Miller, PLLC, Attorneys at Law
  • Civil Rights
  • New Jersey, New York
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Biography

Ms. Rodriguez has diverse and extensive legal experience, having practiced in both the private and public sectors in state and federal court. She has a passion for pursuing a just result for her clients and prides herself on developing multifaceted strategies for achieving the best possible outcome.

Prior to joining Sholes & Miller, Ms. Rodriguez was a partner at one of the area’s top insurance defense firms where she primarily represented the interests of prominent hospitals and physicians throughout Westchester, New York City and Long Island. She also previously represented attorneys in legal malpractice actions where the underlying cases were wide ranging, spanning from matrimonial actions to real estate transactions.

Before transitioning to the private sector, Ms. Rodriguez worked for seven years in the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the State Counsel Division and the Federal Habeas Corpus Unit. She defended the State in numerous lawsuits, including general negligence, medical malpractice, municipal law and automobile accidents. She also briefed and argued numerous cases in all four New York Federal District Courts and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Rodriguez is also a former Assistant District Attorney, having worked at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office immediately following law school. While in the Appeals Bureau, Ms. Rodriguez briefed and argued cases in the First Department and the New York State Court of Appeals. Of note, in the New York State Court of Appeals case People v Chiddick, 8 N.Y.3d 445 (2007), which has been cited over 350 times by the courts, Ms. Rodriguez successfully defended a burglary conviction and the Court provided much needed clarification of the definition of “substantial pain” necessary to establish the element of physical injury.

Education
Elisabeth Haub School of Law - Pace University
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: Merit Scholar, graduated cum laude
Activities: Honors Federal Judicial Externship Pace Environmental Law Review, Senior Associate Latino/a Law Student Association, President
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State University of New York - Albany
B.A. (2001)
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Associations
Dutchess County Bar Association
Member
Current
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New York State Bar  # 4298568
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
ID Number: 39012004
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 4298568
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Practice Area
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability, including Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • General Liability
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Law
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Appellate Litigation
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Website
Sholes & Miller PLLC
Contact & Map
Sholes & Miller PLLC
300 Westage Business Center Drive
Suite 225
Fishkill, NY 12524
Telephone: (845) 447-8000
Fax: (845) 454-5971
Monday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed