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Rodney Villazor
Rodney Villazor

Rodney Villazor


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Rodney is a trial lawyer representing companies, executives, and other professionals in white collar criminal cases and high-stakes complex civil litigation disputes.

Rodney has extensive courtroom experience, having tried 17 jury trials to verdict as a federal prosecutor and in private practice.  One of his most notable victories include a complete jury defense verdict in federal court for a global financial institution accused of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and aiding and abetting a commodities brokerage house engaged in a massive fraud. Immediately prior to leaving government service, he secured trial convictions  in police corruption cases involving honest services fraud, wire fraud, and civil rights violations in San Francisco.

Rodney’s recent experience includes representing a former CFO indicted in federal court for alleged insider trading and an individual indicted in federal court for orchestrating an alleged cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.  He also counsels clients in federal grand jury investigations involving insider trading, antitrust violations, money laundering, fraud, and cryptocurrency.  He has also led several internal corporate investigations of alleged corporate misconduct, delivering results under strict time constraints.

He has been selected as a member of the Defense Lawyers Advisory Committee to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and appointed by the Chief District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to two Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panels.

Government Service

Rodney served as an Assistant US Attorney from 2008 to 2015 in the District of New Jersey and in the Northern District of California.  As an AUSA, he prosecuted a range of offenses, including wire and mail fraud, honest services fraud, export control violations, and public corruption.  In the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit in San Francisco, he led long-term complex investigations involving a number of international and national security matters.  Rodney has tried to jury verdict numerous high-profile federal trials and has been recognized for exceptional work by several federal law enforcement agencies, namely the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the US Marshals Service, the Diplomatic Security Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  He also received the Special Achievement Award from the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Rodney clerked for US District Judge Jane Boyle for the Northern District of Texas and US Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day for the District of Maryland.