The Hon. Fiordaliza A. Rodriguez is a judge for the Family Court of the City of New York in Bronx County. She was appointed to the bench by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2015.
Rodriguez earned a B.A. in government and public administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1993. She then completed an M.S. in urban policy analysis and management from the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research (1996) and a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law (1999). While at the City University of New York School of Law, Rodriguez served as managing editor and staff editor of the New York City Law Review. She also co-founded the Main $treet $tudent Legal Defense Fund.
After graduating from law school, Rodriguez joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, where she served as special assistant corporation counsel. She spent the next four years prosecuting parental abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights cases.
In 2003, she left her post and started her own private practice as a sole practitioner and 18-B Assigned Counsel Plan Attorney. Her firm expanded over the next seven years, becoming the Law Office of Rodriguez & Fuentes (2005) and then the Law Office of Rodriguez & Associates (2007). During her time in private practice, Rodriguez specialized in family law, divorce, wills, and real estate matters.
Her professional memberships have included the Latino Judges Association, the New York City Family Court Judges Association, the New York State Family Court Judges Association, the Dominican Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the New York Women’s Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Network of Bar Leaders, and the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law. She has served as President and Director of Governmental Affairs of the Bronx Family Court Bar Association.
She has also volunteered for the YMCA - Bronx and Project Club Clementine.
Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republican, moving to the United States in 1981. As such, she was the first Dominican to sit in the Bronx County Family Court.
She has achieved a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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