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Leon Rodriguez

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3572
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Leon Rodriguez provides regulatory, litigation and strategic advisory services to clients in areas including immigration, health care, and government/congressional investigations. 

Mr. Rodriguez served as the most recent director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)  from 2014 to 2017.  USCIS is responsible for administering all U.S. immigration matters, including the processing of asylum and refugee applications, immigration benefits, and naturalization and visa petitions. In his role as director, Mr. Rodriguez oversaw a workforce of 19,000 government employees in 223 offices around the world.

Immediately prior to taking the helm at USCIS, Mr. Rodriguez served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2011 to 2014, the agency responsible for the enforcement of federal civil rights laws and health information privacy laws (HIPAA/HITECH).

Mr. Rodriguez came to these positions with a deep background as a state and federal prosecutor and government leader.

Mr. Rodriguez held a number of federal prosecution roles. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of White Collar Crimes Section in U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and trial attorney in the  Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

Mr. Rodriguez also served as the County Attorney for Montgomery County, MD from 2007 to 2010, Immediately prior to becoming County Attorney, he was a partner at a Washington, DC law firm specializing in health care fraud and abuse and white collar litigation.

Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Boston College Law School. He is admitted in New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Leon Rodriguez provides regulatory, litigation and strategic advisory services to clients in areas including immigration, health care, and government/congressional investigations. 

Mr. Rodriguez served as the most recent director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)  from 2014 to 2017.  USCIS is responsible for administering all U.S. immigration matters, including the processing of asylum and refugee applications, immigration benefits, and naturalization and visa petitions. In his role as director, Mr. Rodriguez oversaw a workforce of 19,000 government employees in 223 offices around the world.

Immediately prior to taking the helm at USCIS, Mr. Rodriguez served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2011 to 2014, the agency responsible for the enforcement of federal civil rights laws and health information privacy laws (HIPAA/HITECH).

Mr. Rodriguez came to these positions with a deep background as a state and federal prosecutor and government leader.

Mr. Rodriguez held a number of federal prosecution roles. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of White Collar Crimes Section in U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and trial attorney in the  Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

Mr. Rodriguez also served as the County Attorney for Montgomery County, MD from 2007 to 2010, Immediately prior to becoming County Attorney, he was a partner at a Washington, DC law firm specializing in health care fraud and abuse and white collar litigation.

Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Boston College Law School. He is admitted in New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School (1988)
  • B.A., Brown University (1984)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Presentations

  • "Session 2: A Tale of Two Migraines: The I-9 and E-Verify," The Immigration Compliance Life Cycle Series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Webinar and In-Person Event, San Francisco, CA (November 30, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Legislative updates, EB-5 and the Regs,” EB-5 Investment Conference with USCIS IPO 2017, New York, NY (November 10, 2017)
  • Panelist, “How EB-5 Fits into the Political & Policy Puzzle of the 115th Congress,” IIUSA 2017 EB-5 Industry Forum, Miami, FL (October 24, 2017)
  • "Session 1: To Ask or Not To Ask - How Far Can You Go Pre-Hire?," The Immigration Compliance Life Cycle Series, Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 18, 2017)
  • “Work: The Future,” In-Person Client Event, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, CA (June 21, 2017)
  • “What You Need to Know: The Changing Immigration Landscape,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Washington, DC (June 15, 2017)
  • “Change is Here: An Insider’s Analysis of Recent Immigration and Health Care Updates under the Trump Administration,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston, MA (June 7, 2017)
  • Panelist, “First 100 & Beyond: Seyfarth's Strategy & Planning Summit For Businesses,” In-Person Client Event, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, IL (May 25, 2017)
  • “New Sheriffs in Town: What to Expect on Business Immigration from the Trump Administration and the GOP-Controlled Congress,” In-Person Client Event, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, CA (May 10, 2017)
  • Keynote Speaker, IIUSA’s 10th Annual EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference, Washington, DC (April 27, 2017)
  • “Immigration Law Update: Healthcare Response if ICE Comes Calling,” Webinar, presented by Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (April 25, 2017)
  • "The Future of the EB-5 Program: An Insider's View,” EB-5 Regional Center Roundtable, Telephone seminar, presented by ILW.COM (February 28, 2017)