Fiordaliza A. Rodriguez, Bronx Family Court Judge, was born in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to New York in the 1980’s to join her parents. For over 20 years, Judge Rodriguez has been involved in the area of family law as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel, an 18-B Assigned Panel Attorney and a solo practitioner where she has represented all sides in litigation: i.e., an agency, parents and children. On April 2010, she became a Court Attorney Referee, a quasi-judicial position, and had the honor of being the First Referee of Dominican descent to be selected for that position. On February 12, 2015, Judge Rodriguez was appointed as a Family Court Judge. She is handling cases dealing with child neglect/abuse, orders of protection, termination of parental rights, custody, guardianship, paternity, adoptions and all aspects of foster care placement cases.
Throughout her legal career, Judge Rodriguez has been a very active leader and has received numerous recognitions/citations for her community work from: the Bronx Times Reporter, Bronx/Castle Hill YMCA, members of Congress, members of City Council, Revista Prevencion of New York, El Tribunal Constitucional de la Republica Dominicana, and the Bronx Borough President. She has also been featured by John Jay College, the Bronx Women’s Bar Association, and in shows such as Levantate New York and Mujeres en Dinamica. Judge Rodriguez in the past provided legal services pro bono to Project Club Clemente and was instrumental in completing the “Flight for Humanity” a symbolic trip in honor of Mr. Roberto Clemente who died 33 years earlier while taking relief supplies to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua. In 2015, Judge Rodriguez was honored by the President of Nicaragua for this humanitarian effort. In addition, she is the current Chairwoman of the Board of Managers at the Castle Hill Bronx YMCA, is a member of the state/local Family Court judicial associations and the Latino Judges Association. Judge Rodriguez is also one of the Co-Chairs of the Bronx Family Court Early Engagement Group.
Judge Rodriguez has a Master of Science degree from the New School for Social Research (Milano Graduate School) and a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. While at CUNY, she was a very active student leader, and Co-Founded the Main $treet $tudent Legal Defense Fund. Judge Rodriguez also served as Managing Editor of the New York City Law Review, participated in Moot Court (First Place Award) and was the President of the Latino Law Student Association. She attended public elementary and high school, and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (cum laude).
Judge Rodriguez lives in the Bronx, with her husband, Eliezer (a lawyer and Regional Governmental Affairs Director of a local Realtor association) and their two children.