Madeleine K. Rodriguez


I help my clients achieve their institutional goals, compete globally, and face the challenges of our increasingly diverse society.

Madeleine Rodriguez is a litigator whose practice is built on a strong foundation of state, federal, and international trial and arbitration experience. As Co-Chair of the firm's Education practice, Maddy principally represents colleges and universities in civil cases, internal and regulatory investigations, and settlement negotiations. She also represents foreign States, State-controlled entities, and multinational corporations in U.S. federal courts and investment treaty disputes before international arbitral tribunals.

Maddy is also committed to pro bono work and serving the greater Boston community.  She is an active member of several of the firm’s well-established pro bono programs, including representing victims of domestic violence in restraining order proceedings. A fluent Spanish speaker, Maddy has also represented numerous immigrants from South and Central America in navigating U.S. federal immigration law, particularly unaccompanied refugee children. During law school, Maddy interned with the Honorable Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and served as a teaching assistant for the first year Contracts course.

Maddy currently serves as a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and as the Executive Director of the Foley Hoag Foundation.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Scholar of the College of Arts and Sciences, 2009

Bar and Court Admissions


  • Massachusetts
  • Florida


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Spanish



  • Representing leading private research university in federal court case challenging handling of Title IX complaints
  • Representing leading private research university in wrongful death suit filed by estate of former undergraduate student who died on campus
  • Represented major teaching hospital and physicians’ organization in qui tam action alleging improper billing of Medicare and Medicaid
  • Advise university clients regarding admissions practices, including race conscious admissions policies, use of race-neutral alternatives, and overarching diversity statements and goals
  • Advise non-profit and educational institutions regarding accessing restricted endowment funds, conflicts of interest and investment policies, crisis communication, and branding strategy


  • Representing national health insurance company in responding to an investigation and lawsuit by a state attorney general’s office
  • Represented healthcare system and member physicians in over 20 filed or threatened suits in Maine state court by cities and counties seeking to recover alleged costs of prescription and illicit opioid abuse and addiction; suits removed to federal court and conditionally transferred to federal multi-district litigation
  • Successfully defended State-owned entity in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia action and D.C. Circuit appeal to have an approximately $20 million foreign arbitral award recognized and enforced
  • Successfully represented the Consulate of Peru and its former Consul General in a federal labor dispute, securing the early dismissal of the case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • Obtained total defense verdict for Venezuela and the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance after five-week federal trial concerning forged promissory notes allegedly worth $100 million


  • Representing Nicaragua in ICSID arbitration brought under CAFTA-DR concerning an oil exploration and exploitation concession
  • Successfully represented Uruguay in an UNCITRAL arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) brought under a bilateral investment treaty involving a large-scale iron ore mining project, which the claimants allege to be worth $3.47 billion
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID (Additional Facility) proceeding brought by a Canadian company under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with a mining operations contract
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration regarding the alleged expropriation of Venezuelan subsidiaries in the steel industry
  • Successfully represented El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration brought under a domestic investment law concerning the claimant’s alleged entitlement to a mining exploitation concession and rights to exploration licenses


  • Filed amicus brief with the First Circuit on behalf of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a case challenging Harvard’s undergraduate race conscious admissions program. Foley Hoag’s brief reviewed the impact of Harvard’s policies on Asian American students and urged the Court to uphold the admissions program. 
  • Successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, obtaining extraordinary relief by way of enforcement of the attorney-client privilege with regards to client records
  • Second chaired six-week federal racketeering conspiracy trial
  • Represent numerous unaccompanied refugee children in petitions for special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) and legal permanent resident status
  • Assist survivors of domestic violence in restraining order proceedings against their abusive partners


  • Co-Author with Michael B. Keating, chapter on Civility, BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION IN FEDERAL COURTS, Thomson West (5th ed. 2021)
  • Co-Author with Hon. Vickie L. Henrie, chapter on Documentary Evidence, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INTRODUCING EVIDENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS, MCLE (5th ed. 2020)

Foley Hoag Publications

Honors & Involvement

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch
  • High Honor, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2019 & 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star, 2018-2021
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Boston University Latin American Law Student Association, 2017
  • Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • Foley Hoag Womxn of Color Affinity Group (for Ethnically/Racially Diverse Womxn community members), Co-Chair
  • The Old North Foundation, Board Chair
  • Apprentice Learning, Board Member
  • The Partnership, Inc., 2017 Fellow
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Lawyers Group, Associate Advisory Committee Member and Mentor
  • University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Class Manager

Speaking Engagements

  • “Energy Vampires: How You and Your Clients Can Spot Them and Use Practical Tools to Banish Them,” National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference (June 2022)
  • "Conflicts of Interest: Influence on Research Compliance and University Integrity," Boston Bar Association Higher Education Legal Conference (April 2022)
  • "Mandating Vaccines on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Need to Consider," Foley Hoag Webinar (June 2021)
  • "The Interview Process: What I Wish I’d Known," Foley Hoag Webinar (November 2020)
  • "Financial Challenges and Opportunities Facing Higher Education Amid COVID-19,” Foley Hoag Webinar (June 2020)
  • "10 on 10: Women in the Workforce,” Equal Pay Day Celebration, Old North Foundation of Boston (March 2020)
  • "Slavery and Its Legacies at Old North: Confronting the Past, Envisioning the Future," Old North Foundation of Boston (October 2019)
  • Keynote Speaker, Latin American Heritage Celebration Dinner, Boston University Latin American Law Students Association (October 2017)