Paulette Rodríguez López is an associate in the D.C. office of Constantine Cannon where she practices civil antitrust and complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Ms. Rodríguez López was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Frederick Mumm (Ret.), a United States Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California.
Before her clerkship, Ms. Rodríguez López was a postdoctoral attorney fellow at a nonprofit in California where she represented low-wage workers and the California Labor Commissioner. Her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, including claims for breach of contract, conversion, fraudulent transfer, shareholder and director’s liability, labor and employment law, and bankruptcy law. She has experience in a wide range of industries, including franchising, logistics, construction, hospitality, and health care. She has successfully represented creditors at trial and in high-profile multimillion-dollar Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and was instrumental in obtaining a hard-fought and watershed multimillion-dollar settlement in a labor and employment class action case proceeding in parallel in Los Angeles Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Rodríguez López has also counseled clients on legislative advocacy and media strategy, and has represented clients in interviews with national news outlets.
Ms. Rodríguez López is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was admitted to the Epstein Public Interest Law & Policy Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. She received Masin Family Academic Excellence Awards in Evidence and Critical Race Studies, and honors for her performance in the Mock Trial and Moot Court programs. During her time at UCLA Law, Ms. Rodríguez López was Managing Editor for the Chicano/a Latino/a Law Review. She worked on landmark litigation and legislation as an intern for the ACLU, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Hadsell Stormer Renick and Dai, LLP, and as a student in academic clinics including the First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic with Eugene Volokh.
Ms. Rodríguez López grew up in Puerto Rico, and graduated Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in Latino/a Studies. After college, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows, earning her M.A. in Education from Hunter College and teaching in public schools in Queens, the Bronx and Harlem.
Ms. Rodríguez López is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted into practice in California and Tennessee and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is working under the supervision of a member of the District of Columbia Bar while her D.C. admission is pending.