Valentin (Val) Rodriguez is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. He was educated in local public schools, and received a bachelors of art honors degree cum laude in Government from Harvard University in 1991. He received a law degree from the University of Miami in 1994. He has practiced in Florida since 1994, first serving with a law firm focused on civil rights cases. He is a member of the Florida Bar, all federal court bars in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in.. Atlanta, and the United States Supreme Court. At present, he is board certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law. He is a member of several community organizations, and is the current Mayor of the Town of Lake Clarke Shores (serving his fourth term as a councilmember), a small lake front community of 3,600 residents in Palm Beach County, founded in 1957. He trains law enforcement officers at the police department and organizes youth activities. He is married to Marti, his wife of 22+ years he met in high school, and raises four girls and one boy in Lake Clarke Shores.
Val wrote his senior college thesis on the implementation of the death penalty in Palm Beach County during the 1980s. He worked for several years with the local Public Defenders Office helping write policy and organize programs for indigent persons, while he studied at Harvard. He worked his way through law school with a local civil rights firm. Val entered into his own law practice in 1996, and has a clear record of public service and success in both civil and criminal cases, at both the state and federal levels, and for appeals at all levels. Val handles all types of civil cases as well, including civil rights cases, contract disputes, and other representation of organizations and small businesses. Val has completed over 100 jury trials and has represented over 200 persons charged with serious federal crimes. He also handles appeals at all levels.
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