Federico M. Rodriguez was born and raised in Mexico City, moving to Chicago with his family as a teenager. While working full-time during the day as a Spanish-language interpreter for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Federico attended college full-time at night and weekends, receiving a B.A. from DePaul University. He attended the University of Illinois College of Law, receiving a J.D. Federico is the principal of Rodriguez Legal Group, LLC. He has obtained over $55,000,000 in judgments and settlements for his personal injury clients. He also represents criminal defendants.

Federico has been involved in several high-profile cases, including two lawsuits against the same radio station for its failure to award prizes to contestants because of their immigration status, which drew national attention.

Federico makes frequent national and local media appearances. including on behalf of the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities; Telemundo, Univision, Television Azteca, NTN24, the Mexican Supreme Court’s Judicial Channel, and NPR. He also appeared on Fox News’ former show of Hannity & Colmes.

Federico has served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee since 2015. He holds or has held leadership positions in numerous bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Federico has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and presenter at many events. In 2013, he gave closing remarks in Chicago for visiting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Federico has received the following awards and recognitions: ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) recognition for his contributions to the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities; Cook County State’s Attorney El Humanitario Award; induction into the first class of HLAI’s Lincoln Juarez Honor Society; HLAI’s Latino of the Year Award; HLAI’s President’s Award; and inaugural recipient of the University of Illinois College of Law Latino/a Law Student Association Legacy Award for his work funding a $100,000 scholarship endowment.