Patricia Rodriguez, Esq. is a licensed attorney with Rodriguez Law Group, Inc. She has been practicing law for the past ten (10) years and specializes in real estate law, foreclosure defense, criminal law, personal injury law, family law, bankruptcy law, DUI, and DWI. She also has experience as expungement and misdemeanor lawyer. Patricia received her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law. While there, she perfected her litigation skills by taking part in the University’s national trial team. She received exception advocacy training from one of the country’s trial advocacy programs. Before joining Temple University, Ms. Rodriguez earned her bachelor of science from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a concentration in marketing and communications.
While completing her studies at Temple University, Ms. Rodriguez participated in externship with the Camden Public Defenders office as well as a summer internship with Philadelphia public defender’s office and separately the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. After graduating and while preparing for and taking the California State bar exam she completed a senior internship program with the Los Angles public defender’s office.
After being coming licensed Ms. Rodriguez opened the law offices of Patricia Rodriguez. Within a few years she grew it to a multimillion-dollar business and incorporated with the Rodriguez Law Group, Inc. She has built a reputation in legal research and writing, litigation, foreclosure defense and bankruptcy. She is also well-known for her skills in family and criminal law. Thanks to her strong interpersonal skills, Ms. Rodriguez has also done well in mediation, arbitration, and contract negotiations.
Where did the idea for Rodriguez Law Group come from?
Although Ms. Rodriguez is very Caucasian presenting her mother is Mexican American. Her father born in Mexico City bears the last name Rodriguez which her mother carried on and passed on to Patricia. Patricia always passionate about her heritage and roots very proudly created a firm grounded in diversity and change.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day for Ms. Rodriguez includes court appearances, creating, responding and otherwise managing in excess of one hundred (100) emails a day, phone calls with opposing counsel, courts, clients, and attorneys/staff with the firm. She also manages the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and all other aspects of the business side of the firm. She manages both the legal team and business team. Eric Rasmussen, lead managing attorney, helps her manage the legal team. Rick Fiege, business manager, helps her manage the business team.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Typically to bring ideas to life Ms. Rodriguez writes everything down. She makes checklist after checklist. She stays organized and does everything with intention.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I am extremely excited about the increased influence of artificial intelligence in the legal practice and legal technology in general. The automation of the legal practice greatly increases the firm’s ability to scale.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I believe my resilience and ability to hyper focus to stay on a task for however many hours it takes to complete gives me an edge over other attorneys. Additionally, my resilience, determination, and overall drive for success puts me above the rest. Finally, my ability to compartmentalize everything and not take anything personal allows me to handle the hardest types of legal issues. Specifically, criminal law and foreclosure defense are not for the faint of heart!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Be kind to yourself. You are going to do a lot of great things in your life have faith. Believe in yourself; you are special. Know your worth. Keep your head up high and always know your place in this world is at the top.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I believe computers will eventually replace a lot of the legal profession’s activities. Most of my colleagues don’t agree with me, but the rate of technology growth in the past decade paints a different picture.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I am always trying to keep in touch with the latest trends in legal practice. I would recommend that other entrepreneurs do it too. It is only by staying ahead of the curve that you can beat the competition. Always look for niche markets as well.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I invest heavily in marketing. I understand that no matter how good the service is, it’s of no use if the right people don’t know about it. I also heavily invested in automating the entire experience/system. I also outsourced to a specialized company phone calls being answered and initial pre-screenings.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I did not handle employee taxes well such as Equal Employment Department, IRS, etc. which lead to several audits and large tax bills. From the outset know what you and your staff wages are going to costs you in taxes both to the State and Federal governments.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Wellness, Fitness and Sexual Exploration coaching and consulting.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I got a hair cut and tipped a lot more than usual because my hair dresser had been closed due to COVID 19 and I wanted help him move forward now that he is reopened.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Growbots has helped automate the process of sending out emails to potential lead sources and commercial property investors. Instead of sending out about one hundred (100) emails a month we can now send out seven hundred fifty (750) a month.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne; this book is transformational. It is also offered on audible so you can listen to it if you are like me and do not do a lot of leisure reading. It really helped me activate my ability to control my world with the law of attraction.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it” by Henry David Thoreau. It reminds me that success comes to those who ask, believe, and receive. Part of that is once you have ordered from the catalog of the universe let it go and away the arrival of your order.
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