NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Acknowledged as one the country’s primer trial attorneys and an authority on law enforcement techniques, Hugo attended Trial Practice Institute in 1991 and returned the next year as a member of the faculty. A retired FBI Agent and Legal Counsel, he brings a unique perspective and skills as a criminal defense lawyer. The FBI’s first “Hit Man”, his undercover identity was of a renegade lawyer.
After leaving the FBI, as trial counsel, Hugo became the first attorney to defeat DOJ and the FBI in a nationwide class action for “Systemic Discrimination” of Hispanic Agents in all aspects of employment.
Finding his calling as a criminal defense lawyer, he became a supervisor for the Federal Public Defender in Miami, as well as Director of Training for ten years. Having tried over 100 jury trials, in 2000, he established Hugo Rodriguez and Associates.
The firm is dedicated to complex Federal Cases nationally and internationally. Hugo has represented over 500 clients in the Southern District of Florida and throughout the United States. As a consultant, he is retained counsel for several foreign countries, including Cuba, Lithuania, Germany, Colombia, and Ecuador. The Supreme Court, Republic of Colombia recognized him as an expert in U.S. criminal law, practices, and procedures.
In addition to being a faculty member at NCDC for the last 30 years, Hugo also teaches at the Institute of Crim. Advocacy, Cal. Western School of Law, San Diego, CA and Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Cardozo School of Law, New York City, NY.
He is also a frequent legal consultant for national and international media, regularly appearing on Univision, Telemundo, CNN, and CNN Español.
“I owe NCDC everything. Without the college, I would not be the lawyer I am today.” – Hugo Rodriguez
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