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Rodney S. Diggs

Director

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CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Marie Dahlstrom and NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

FAVORITE FILM/SERIES: Bad Boys/Suits

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.

EXPERIENCE

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.

In 2019, Rodney was named Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.  Rodney has also been named Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014-2020.

 

In addition to his corporate practice, Mr. Diggs has had notable successes with assisting individuals in need of representation. Mr. Digg’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.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • 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

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014 – 2020)

  • 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)

BAR ADMISSIONS

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

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Top 50 Verdicts in

California in 2020

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EDUCATION

Howard University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.