Over the past 30+ years, Mr. Rodriguez and the Rodriguez Law Firm have not formally advertised their services, most of our clients come from referrals from other attorneys, or former clients and their families. The vast majority of all clients represented receive compensation for the injuries and losses that they have suffered. Each case is handled as if there were no other in the firm, and like all matters, each recovery is dictated by the facts, circumstances, and the injuries suffered.
We keep our clients fully informed during the litigation process and as involved as they wish to be throughout the litigation.
Martin Rodriguez, Attorney at Law
Martin was raised in the copper mining community of Oracle, Arizona, just thirty miles North of Tucson. He worked in the mines after graduating from high school for a couple of years as a journeyman hydraulics mechanic and welder.
While working at the mines, Martin took college courses, and when he went back to school full time, he put himself through undergraduate school by working summers in the mines, or throughout the Southwest doing welding and construction work.
In the mid-1970's Martin obtained his license as a Registered Nurse and as an Emergency Medical Technician, in addition he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and studied graduate-level forensic anatomy/ pathology courses.
Mr. Rodriguez worked as a registered nurse in several of the hospitals in Tucson in various areas, including but not limited to Intensive Care Units (ICU), the Emergency Room department, medical surgical units, dialysis, and within an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. As a lawyer with a background in nursing, Martin is active and frequently consulted by various health care organizations and nursing groups, including the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
In 1983, Martin entered the College of Law at the University of Arizona Law School. Throughout law school, he worked as a nurse / paralegal and law clerk with various attorneys in Tucson who primarily litigated medical negligence cases. Martin reviewed medical records and as a subject matter expert, provided attorneys with an easy to understand forensic analysis of the medical aspects of the various cases.
After graduation from the U of A Law School, Martin accepted a position with the City Attorney's Office as a Prosecutor, and also worked with the County Attorney's Office as a Special Deputy County Attorney handling juvenile criminal cases. Over the course of the next two years, he tried over a hundred bench trials, and many criminal jury trials.
In 1989, Martin married his long time sweetheart, Ruth, and the same year, entered private practice. Since then Martin's focus has been on civil litigation, primarily medical negligence and serious personal injury. Martin has litigated an impressive array of complex cases, to peruse a sampling of these many cases, please link to the Cases Litigated section of this site.
Michael T. Hestekin II Attorney at Law
Michael "Mick" Hestekin was born in Wisconsin and moved to Tucson at the youthful age of 8. Mick attended Flowing Wells High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in the Honors College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Mick graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1999. While in law school, Mick interned as a Judicial Clerk with the Honorable Clark Munger. Also an intern with the Pima County Attorney's office he obtained experience trying many bench trials including: assaults, possession of marijuana, and other criminal offenses
Mick has enjoyed a long term relationship with The Rodriguez Law Firm and the firm's predecessor, Dickerson, Butler & Rodriguez working as a Law Clerk on a wide variety of cases and ultimately becoming an Associate of the firm in 1999.
Mick's practice focuses on general civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith as well as estate planning and probate law. Over the years Mick has litigated numerous personal injury cases, has developed an outstanding reputation in the community for his motion practice and obtained multiple judgments in excess of one million dollars, one of which was published in "The Arizona Attorney" as being one of Arizona's Top 10 Largest judgments for that year.
Mr. Hestekin is licensed to practice in Federal District Court and the State of Arizona. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association.
Shirley Calabrese, Certified Legal Assistant
Ms. Calabrese is a Certified Legal Assistant / Paralegal at the Rodriguez Law Firm, focusing on civil litigation. She has 40 years experience in the legal profession, and for the past 27 years has worked as a Paralegal, Legal Assistant and participates in case management at trial. Shirley has been an instrumental member of Mr. Rodriguez' practice, either as the Rodriguez Law Firm (formerly Dickerson, Butler & Rodriguez) for over 20 years. The former partners, Dickerson and Butler have since retired from the practice of law.
In 1992, Ms. Calabrese obtained her Certified Legal Assistant designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants. Ms. Calabrese is also an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College, teaching legal procedures and legal terminology. She has twice served as the President of the Tucson Association of Legal Assistants, and one term as Secretary of the Association. Ms. Calabrese is a member of the Pima County Bar Association, she is also a Notary Public.