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Rodney S. Diggs



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FAVORITE BOOK: 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

FAVORITE PHRASE: Happy are those that dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make those dreams come true.


Rodney S. Diggs is a practiced litigator with substantial experience trying cases to verdict in both federal and state courts. Rodney is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment practice group, which focuses on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour issues on behalf of private clients and public entities. He also handles civil rights litigation.

Rodney became a Partner at Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 2016. In 2019, Rodney became a named partner when the firm changed its name to Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Rodney clerked for the Honorable Patti Jo McKay, Presiding Judge for the Appellate Division for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Rodney was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2023 Edition). He was recognized among the Daily Journal's prestigious list of “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" in 2021 and 2022. Rodney has also been named Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2014. Rodney was named 2021 Top Attorney of the Year by the IAOTP.  In 2019, Rodney was recognized among the Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers in California.


In addition to his corporate practice, Rodney has had notable successes with assisting individuals in need of representation. Rodney’s significant achievements include obtaining a $9.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case against the City of Long Beach. This was the largest verdict in history against the City of Long Beach and the second largest verdict in a wrongful death case in the Central District of California. Rodney has obtained over $40 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Rodney was also lead counsel in Reginald Mitchell v. California Department of Public Health, which resulted in a published California Court of Appeal decision.

At Howard University School of Law, Rodney was Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Chief Justice of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity and Senior Staff Editor of the Human Rights and Globalization Law Review.

During his undergraduate career at UCLA, Rodney was a member of the track and field team. He achieved All-Pac 10 and All-American status in the 400 meter race and 4×400 meter relay.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates SideBar, Member

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member

  • John M. Langston Bar Association, Officer, Board of Directors, Lifetime Member

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

  • National Bar Association, Member

  • Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Board of Directors



  •  Best Lawyers in America (2023)

  • ·Daily Journal's Top Labor & Employment Lawyers (2021-2022)

  • ·IAOTP Top Attorney of the Year (2021)

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014 – 2022)

  • Top 100 Lawyer in California – Daily Journal (2019)

  • Top 40 under 40 – The National Trial Lawyers (2019-2020)

  • Most Powerful Employment Lawyer – Law Dragon (2018)

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Beta Omega Chapter Community Leader Award (2018)

  • Los Angeles African American Vanguard Awards – 100 Most Influential African Americans (2017)

  • National Bar Association – 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates (2017)

  • California Legislature Assembly – 40 Under 40 Civic Emerging Leaders (2017)

  • National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 (2016)


State Bar of California

United States District Court - Central District

United States District Court - Eastern District

United States District Court - Southern District

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Top 50 Verdicts in

California in 2020

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Howard University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.