Aby Catalina Rodriguez is a government attorney. She attended university at Florida State University, and law school at Florida International University. Criminal law has always fascinated Ms. Rodriguez, and she thoroughly enjoys her work as a prosecutor.
While having a mother who was an attorney in Colombia sparked Ms. Rodriguez’s interest in becoming a lawyer, meeting a prosecutor during a career fair in elementary school drew her to criminal law. Ms. Rodriguez’s favorite part of being a lawyer is helping the community and victims of crime.
Ms. Rodriguez was born and in raised in Florida by Colombian parents. While her nuclear family lives in South Florida, her extended family remains in Colombia. She has visited her family in Colombia every year except for this one. Ms. Rodriguez enjoys eating Colombian food frequently, especially arepas and empanadas.
Growing up, Ms. Rodriguez spoke in Spanish with her family. That allowed her to become fluent in the language, something that has played a positive role in her career. In college, during an internship with the State Attorney’s Office, she served as an interpreter as witnesses were prepared for depositions and trials. In her current position, speaking Spanish has helped her better communicate with victims and ensure that interpreters are properly translating important information.
Animals have been a big part of Ms. Rodriguez’s life. She has had a variety of pets, including mice, turtles, fish and dogs. She has worked with the Facebook group Helping Lost Pets since college. Since that time, the group has reunited hundreds of pets with their owners. Additionally, she was the president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund while in law school. The organization hosted events to discuss animal law and educate people regarding animals in captivity.
The Broward County Hispanic Bar Association is thrilled that Aby Catalina Rodriguez is one of its members!