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Diego "Woody" Rodriguez
General Counsel

Email: Woody.Rodriguez@ocps.net

Sr. Specialist: Cindy Valentin
(407) 317-3200 x2002972

As the General Counsel, Woody Rodriguez, is the principal legal advisor to the School Board and leads the Office of Legal Services. He supervises the provision of legal advice and representation of OCPS before various administrative agencies and courts. 

Woody began his legal career in 1995 working with the Florida Senate as a staff analyst.  Prior to working with OCPS, he was employed at Marchena & Graham, P.A., serving as General Counsel to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections and as litigation counsel to the Orange County Property Appraiser.

He is a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the 2002 Florida Bar’s Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, the 2005 Florida Bar Young Lawyers’ Diversity Award and the Orange County Bar Association’s 2007 Lawrence Matthews Professionalism Award. Most of all Woody, enjoys attending FSU sporting events and watching his son and daughter participate in little league games and cello recitals along with his wife, Ninth Circuit Court Judge, Heather Pinder Rodriguez.

Woody has been a guest speaker before the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections, Central Florida School Boards Coalition, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and has presented CLE for the National Business Institute.

Woody received his B.A. in English and his J.D. from Florida State University. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, where he previously served as President in 2009-10, the American Bar Association, where he served as the YLD National Diversity Director in 2003-04 and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, where he served as President in 2002. Woody is admitted to practice in all three Federal Districts in Florida and has been Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law since 2006, has been a Certified Circuit Court mediator since 2008 and has been a Registered Parliamentarian since 2011.  He is Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law.

Education
Florida State University, B.A., English
Florida State University, J.D.

Bar Admissions
State of Florida
Orange County Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
American Bar Association
United States Northern District of Florida
United States Middle District of Florida
United States Southern District of Florida

Certifications
Board Certified - City, County and Local Government Law