University Counsel, Labor and Employment
Monica Rodriguez joined the Office of the General Counsel in October 2019. Ms. Rodriguez provides legal support on a wide range of labor and employment matters for the university, including advice and counsel, pre-litigation, litigation, investigations, and labor related disputes and issues involving all university employees.
Prior to joining USC’s Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Rodriguez was a senior associate with Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she worked with employers of various backgrounds throughout all phases of the employment relationship for practical advice and proactive strategies to help them comply with the law and avoid litigation risks. Ms. Rodriguez also effectively defended employers in single-plaintiff, class action, and representative action employment cases. Ms. Rodriguez also defended employers against unfair labor practice charges and other labor disputes, and advised on organizing campaigns, strikes, and other labor-related issues.
During law school, Ms. Rodriguez externed with the late Honorable Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and interned with Judge Michael Stern and Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Ms. Rodriguez received her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego, cum laude, and her J.D. from the Loyola Law School where she was on the Dean’s Honor List during the 2013-2014 Academic Year.