Susan C. Rodriguez


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  • George Mason University School of Law, JD, 2009
  • Centre College, BA, History and Spanish, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Staff Member, Local Patent Rules Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina 

Steering Committee Member, Federalist Society, Charlotte Chapter

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Susan’s practice focuses on the intersection of government, regulatory issues, and criminal investigations. Susan has successfully represented clients in connection with investigations and government assessed penalties for alleged regulatory non-compliance, notably with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In addition to representing individuals in federal and state court, Susan has experience in dealing with the financial services, transportation, and defense industries.

She previously served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. In this role, she focused on review of information sharing and intelligence programs and advised on policies and regulations concerning cyber security, electronic surveillance, use of force, and border searches. As part of her duties, Susan trained state and local law enforcement and advised on First and Fourth Amendment issues to assist DHS and the FBI during operations at the national political conventions.

Susan also served as federal law clerk for the Honorable Frank D. Whitney, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, handling both civil and criminal matters. Prior to that, she served as a presidential appointee, serving as a paralegal in the White House Counsel’s office handling management of judicial nominations and assisting with responses to congressional investigations. She was also special assistant at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Susan taught a course on legal writing as an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law in the spring and fall of 2010.

Susan C Rodriguez
T: +1 704 343 2303F: +1 704 444 8788201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Represent major wireless carrier in defending against a CFPB enforcement action related to allegations of unfair practices

Represent a half dozen employees of a major financial institution in responding to a CFPB investigation into kickbacks between a lender and a title company in violation of RESPA

Represent company in maintaining compliance with RESPA’s kickback provisions related to marketing services agreements and service fee agreements

Represent servicer in defending against a CFPB enforcement action related to marketing service agreements and allegations of deceptive practices, RESPA, FCRA, and Regulation N violations

Represent companies in developing compliance programs, policies, and training based on CFPB regulatory guidance and examination manual

Representation of a financial institution in connection with a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by an individual account holder in enforcement actions and investigations by the OCC, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Representation of the court-appointed receiver of an international Ponzi and pyramid scheme, arising from a complaint filed by the SEC alleging a $600 million loss with more than a million potential claimants.

Representation of financial institutions in an internal review of debt collection practices and compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

Counsel to a financial institution in responding to a request by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Counsel to a financial institution on compliance with the Bank Bribery Act.

Representation of a financial institution’s Board of Directors in conducting an internal investigation into privacy of consumer financial information and Gramm-Leach-Bliley compliance.

Counsel to financial institutions and individuals in complying with notary laws and regulations in mortgage and foreclosure documentation.

Representation of company in government investigation involving potential violations of Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations.

Representation of an aviation company in connection with government assessed regulatory penalty by DHS Customs and Border Protection.

Representation of a company in responding to the FAA’s notice of penalty for violation of Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Representation of individual in sentencing phase of Commercial Loan Fraud case.

Representation of companies and individuals facing federal criminal investigations and charges regarding white collar matters.

Representation of individuals concerning record expungement and probationary matters.

Author, "Protected? Privileged Materials and the CFPB," Subject to Inquiry, November 25, 2013
Author, "More on Snowden: Traitor or hero?," Catholic News Herald, August 15, 2013
Presenter, National Security & Government Surveillance Law, CLE Seminar, October 2013
Presenter, Getting to know the CFPB, CLE Seminar, September 2012