Esteban Rodriguez

Counsel

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Esteban Rodriguez is an experienced litigator whose diverse practice focuses on defending life sciences companies in government investigations and complex, multi-jurisdictional matters alleging product liability, false advertising, unfair competition, and other consumer fraud claims. Most recently, Esteban was a critical member of the trial team that defended Johnson & Johnson in opioid litigation brought by the State of Oklahoma. He continues to play a key role representing the company in nationwide litigation concerning its opioid medications, including state attorneys general investigations and litigations. Esteban also provides life sciences law compliance advice to pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Esteban has also represented clients in a wide range of high-stakes commercial litigation matters, including consumer class actions, mass tort cases, unfair competition, business torts, fraud, and contract disputes. He has litigated such matters for clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including food and beverage, consumer products, health care, and entertainment.

In addition, Esteban has substantial experience advising and representing Latin American companies and US companies that operate in Latin America. In 2017, Esteban practiced as a visiting attorney in the Mexico City office of Solórzano, Carvajal, González, y Pérez-Correa, S.C. (“SOLCARGO”), a top-tier Mexican law firm. There, Esteban worked on various adversarial matters including international arbitrations and commercial litigation.

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Languages

  • Spanish

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth and Ninth Circuits

Education

  • Stanford University, J.D.: Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review; Co-President, Stanford Latino Law Students Association
  • University of California at Irvine, B.A., Criminology: cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Author

  • “Class Action Settlements,” Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Practicing Law Institute, co-authored with Richard B. Goetz and Carlos M. Lazatin (2021)
  • “Winner’s Playbook: Behind the Scenes of the Pacquiao Case,” Law360, co-authored with Daniel Petrocelli, Jeffrey Barker, and David Marroso (May 2020)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “State AG Litigation Trends,” Hispanic National Bar Association Health and Life Sciences Law Committee, Quarterly Meeting (Nov. 2021)
  • Panelist, “State AG Enforcement Trends and What to Expect Next,” Hispanic National Bar Association 2021 Annual Convention, Health and Life Sciences Law Section (Sept. 2021)
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in state and federal multi-district litigation relating to the marketing of prescription opioid pain medications.
  • Represented Amylin Pharmaceuticals, an AstraZeneca company, in nationwide product liability litigation over the diabetes drug Byetta®, including in securing the dismissal with prejudice of certain claims in McElroy v. Amylin Pharms., Inc., 573 F. App’x 545 (6th Cir. 2014).
  • Represented a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals in state and federal multidistrict litigation relating to transvaginal polypropylene mesh products.
  • Represented boxing promoter Top Rank, Inc., Manny Pacquiao, HBO, and other defendants in securing the dismissal with prejudice of nationwide class action litigation asserting claims related to Pacquiao’s “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in In re Pacquiao-Mayweather Boxing Match Pay-Per-View Litig., 942 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2019).
  • Represented a leading maker of fitness shoes in a nationwide class action involving false advertising, unfair competition, and other consumer fraud claims.
  • Represented a leading food company in class actions challenging the marketing and sale of probiotic yogurt.
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