Carl Rodrigues

retired | portland | LICENSED IN Oregon & Washington

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." -- Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, and politician (5 BC - 65 AD)

Experience and Judgment

Carl Rodrigues has defended civil litigation for more than 35 years, before joining Davis Rothwell. His experience spans most of the firm’s practice areas. Philosophically, Carl prepares every case for trial, at the same time being mindful of the prospects for reasonable, negotiated solutions. Many of his clients have maintained an ongoing relationship for decades.

In his spare time Carl enjoys travel, good food and wine, live music, golf, and tennis.



  • Northwestern School of Law/Lewis & Clark College – J.D.
  • California State University Long Beach – B.A.

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar, 1982
  • Washington State Bar, 2003
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Ten years with the Senior Law Project

Organizational Memberships

  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute

Notable Trial & Appellate Victories

  • Defense verdict in United States District court on behalf of commercial client in alleged $2 million skull fracture/brain damage case
  • Directed verdict in Admiralty case involving shattered arm
  • Defense verdict in construction defect/CPA claim in Washington State
  • Defense verdict in Employers Liability Act cases with serious injuries in Lane and Deschutes Counties

Firm News

  • State Farm award for outstanding trial results