Carmen T. Rodriguez is an Associate in MKCI’s New York City office. She is known as a versatile defense litigator. Carmen’s diverse practice includes the representation of public entities, school districts, non-profit organizations and institutions, and corporate entities whose operations could expose them to significant liability. She has experience in defending clients in challenging disputes filed on the basis of negligence, gross negligence, negligent hiring, supervision, sexual assault pursuant to the CVA, products liability, asbestos, wrongful death and environmental torts.
Client engagement is central to successful defense litigation, and Carmen is committed to maintaining a high level of communication. She takes the time to truly involve the client and incorporate their goals, concerns, values, and feedback. Carmen manages her client relationships transparently, ensuring that her clients can see how their interests are being served at every stage of the litigation process.
In addition to her litigation experience, Carmen is a member of MKCI’s Women Lawyer’s Initiative and has presented to insurance carriers, clients and other counsel on issues involving Ethics and Social Media. She also writes and publishes articles in professional journals and publications. In 2021 and 2022, Carmen was named a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers.
Prior to joining MKCI, Carmen worked for a top personal injury law firm in NYC, where she focused on complex litigation, mass torts, premises and general liability, medical malpractice, and September 11th related injuries. She was recognized as Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for 2016.
Carmen obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University and graduated cum laude. During her time in law school she served as President and Director of Cultural Affairs for the Hispanic Law Student Association, as well as a Student Ambassador for the law school. At Seton Hall, Carmen served as the President of Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law Chapter, and St. Thomas More Pre-Legal Society. On a personal level, Carmen enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Articles in Peered-Review Journals and Publications:
Russo, C.J., Rodriguez, C.T., & Osborne, A.G. (2021). “‘Play is The Work of the Child:” Ensuring Playground Safety During Covid-19.’” Education Law Reporter, Vol. 389, No. 1, 29-31.
Russo, C.J. & Rodriguez, C.T. (2020). “Student Supervision: Keeping Schools Safe in the Wake of COVID-19.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 9, 34-37.