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Alina Alonso Rodriguez

Alina Alonso Rodriguez

Partner
Phone:305.995.6096
Fax:305.995.6100

Alina Alonso Rodriguez is board certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice. For the past 16 years, she has handled appeals and provided legal issues support in state and federal courts in Florida and other jurisdictions in more than 100 cases. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Fred Lewis of the Florida Supreme Court.

In addition to handling all aspects of appellate litigation, Alina drafts and argues dispositive, expert-related, and in limine motions. At trial, she handles motions for directed verdicts, complex evidentiary issues, jury instructions and charge conferences, and otherwise assists with legal issues, strategy, and preservation of the record.  Following a verdict, she handles all aspects in preparation for the appeal, including drafting and arguing post-trial motions. 

Alina's substantive areas of concentration are product liability, catastrophic personal injury, general tort and complex commercial litigation. Among others, she has represented manufacturers of vehicles, tires, asbestos-containing products, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, helmets, personal watercrafts, and aviation components. 

Fluent in Spanish, she has significant experience handling international matters involving injuries or damages occurring in foreign countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela. In this respect, she has extensively briefed and argued issues involving forum non conveniens and choice of law, and has participated in trials governed by foreign law.


Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1999

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1999

    cum laude

  • Florida International University, B.S., 1996

    summa cum laude


Professional Associations

    • American Bar Association: Product Liability Committee 
      —Website, Co-Chair, 2016
      —Membership, Co-Chair, 2013 – 2016
      —Annual Meeting and Section of Litigation Annual Conference Planning, Co-Chair, 2010 – 2012 
      —Young Lawyers, Co-Chair, 2007 – 2009 
    • American Bar Association: Appellate Practice Committee
    • American Bar Association: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      —Spring Meeting Program Planning Committee, 2013 – 2014 
      —Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Program, Co-Chair, 2009 – 2010
    • The Florida Bar
      —Appellate Practice Section, Executive Council, 2011 – 2014
      The Record - Journal of the Appellate Practice Section,  Editor-in-Chief, 2009 – 2011; Assistant Editor, 2005 – 2009
    • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
      —President, 2013 – 2014
      —Past Officer, 2009 – 2013
    • Dade County Bar Association

Distinctions

    • The Florida Bar
      —Board Certified in Appellate Practice
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Florida Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2018
      —Florida Rising Stars, 2009 – 2012
    • South Florida Legal Guide
      Listed, 2014 – 2015
      —"Up & Comer," 2008 – 2010
    • Daily Business Review
      Most Effective Lawyers, Finalist, 2010
    • Florida Trends
      Included in Florida Legal Elite, 2004 – 2006, 2008, 2011
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's “40 Under 40” Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2010
    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent

Languages

  • Spanish

Clerkships

    Florida Supreme Court, Hon. R. Fred Lewis Law Clerk, 1999-2001

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Make Your Record Appealing,” Client Hot Topics Seminar, May 2018
  • "The Ethics of Negotiation," Moderator, Women of the Section of Litigation Conference: Leading, Litigating, and Connecting (ABA), Chicago, IL, November 2014
  • "Experts in the Sunshine State: Universal Issues in the Context of Resort, Tourism, and Cruise Line Cases," TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting, Boca Raton, FL, May 2014
  • "Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation: Is One Option better Than the Others?," HNBA 2014 Corporate Counsel Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2014
  • "Improper Statements and Conduct in Opening and Closing Arguments," ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2013
  • “Passing the Test: Exploring the Parameters of Risk Utility and Consumer Expectations,” DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2011
  • “‘We’re Hopelessly Deadlocked Your Honor’ – Now What? Hung Juries In Auto Products Cases,” American Bar Association, 2008 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, AZ, April 2008
  • “Basic Appellate Practice,” The Florida Bar Legal Education Committee & The Young Lawyers Division, Florida, September & March 2006, October 2007, November 2008, and October 2010

Publications

  • "Don't Let The Two Issue Rule Send Your Appeals Down the Drain," Co-Author, I Object! A Blog on Preservation of Error, January 2016
  • "Forgetting Rule 403," Co-Author, I Object! A Blog on Preservation of Error, February 2015
  • "Eleventh Circuit Holds Rule 23 Trumps State Law Precluding Private Class Actions," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, July 2015
  • "Court Declines to Certify Class Alleging Off-Label Marketing of Cancer Drug," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, April 2015
  • "Sweet Ending for Plaintiffs in Food Labeling Class Action Against Ghirardelli," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, March 2015
  • "District of Colorado Declines To Certify Deceptive Practices Class," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, February 2015
  • "Food for Thought: 2014 Litigation Annual Review," Co-Author, Client Alert, February 2015
  • “Preparing for the Appeal,” Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, PLI Treatise, October 2009; updated through 2014
  • "Eleventh Circuit Holds Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer To Named Plaintiffs Does Not Moot A Class Action," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, December 2014
  • "First Circuit Adopts Bright-Line Rule on CAFA Removal Trigger And Broadly Defines Other Paper," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, November 2014
  • "American Pipe Tolling Inapplicable In Texas Negligent Misstatement Case," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, October 2014
  • "District Court Cleans Up Whirlpool Washing Machine Class Definition," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, September 2014
  • "Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant Taco Bell in Putative TCPA Text Message Class Action," Client Newsletter, Summer 2014
  • "Amended Class Definition That Excludes Putative Class Member Does not Preclude American Pipe Trolling," Co-Author, Classified: The Class Action Blog, June 2014
  • "Opening Statements and Closing Arguments: What Constitutes Improper Argument and the Importance of Preserving Error," TIPS Trial Tactics Newsletter, Summer 2013
  • "Tips for Opening Statements and Closing Arguments," Web Article, August 2013
  • "Florida Supreme Court Modifies State Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine as to the Level of Deference Owed to an Out-of-State Plaintiff’s Choice of Forum," Web Article, June 2013
  • “Are You Certifiable,” The Record - Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, Summer 2010
  • “Toward a More ‘Convenient’ Standard of Review in Cases Involving Forum Non Conveniens Issues,” Co-Author, The Florida Bar Journal, January 2010
  • “Pro Bono Opportunities for Appellate Attorneys,” The Record - Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, Summer 2008
  • “Back to School with Chief Justice Lewis,” The Record – Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, Summer 2007
  • “Justice Quince Honored at the ABA Annual Meeting,” The Record – Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, Fall 2006
  • “Appellate Feast at the Annual Bar Meeting,” The Record – Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, Summer 2005

Representative Cases

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

  • Parker v. Continental Tire, 195 So. 3d 387 (Fla. 4th DCA  2015). Accident-free history, animation, previously withdrawn expert in products liability action.
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Savelli, 166 So. 3d 805 (5th DCA 2015). Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Lemon Law.
  • Osorio v. State Farm Bank, F.S.B., 746 F.3d 1242 (11th Cir. 2014). Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").
  • Dixon v. Ford Motor Co., 150 So. 3d 1153 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2014). Asbestos.
  • Tyndall v. Ford Motor Co., 749 S.E. 2d 279 (N.C. 2013). Statute of repose amicus curiae brief on behalf of Products Liability Advisory Council ("PLAC").
  • Aqualogic, Inc. v. Sabon, Inc., 120 So. 3d 401 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013). Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Stimpson, 115 So. 3d 401 (Fla. 5th DCA 2013). Fraud on the court, expert testimony and closing arguments in products liability action.
  • McDuffie v. Uribe, Nos. 133 So. 3d 947 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012). Use of medical treatise, improper introduction of evidence, improper closing argument in medical malpractice action.
  • Chapman v. Ford Motor Co., 489 Fed. Appx. 999 (8th Cir. 2012). Fraud in products liability action.
  • Archbishop Coleman F. High School, Inc., etc. v. Maynoldi, 62 So.3d 1149 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011). Attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Daly v. Ford Motor Co., 88 So.3d 953 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011). Asbestos.
  • Phillips v. Ford Motor Co., 50 So. 3d 1044 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Alonso v. Ford Motor Co., 54 So. 3d 562 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011). Jury misconduct in products liability action.
  • Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, Inc. etc., et al. v. Maynoldi, 30 So. 3d 533 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010). School's duty to supervise non-school related activities, duties undertaken, application of alcohol defense statute, and admission of alcohol-related evidence in personal injury action.
  • Pastor v. Bridgestone/Firestone N. Am. Tire, LLC, et al., 563 F.3d 663 (7th Cir. 2009). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Paolicelli v. Ford Motor Co., 289 Fecl. Appx. 387 (11th Cir. 2008). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone N. Am. Tire, LLC, et al., v. Garcia, 991 So. 2d 912 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Stimpson v. Ford Motor Co., 988 So. 2d 1119 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008). Statute of repose in products liability action.
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Hall-Edwards, 971 So. 2d 854 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007). Other accident evidence, evidence of subsequent remedial measures and excessive damages in products liability action.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Carter, 951 So. 2d 105 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • TRW Automotive U.S. v. Papandopoles, 949 So. 2d 297 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Denmark v. State, 927 So. 2d 1079 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006). Insanity defense, prior bad acts, improper comments during closing arguments.
  • Hamilton v. Ford Motor Co., 926 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006). Attorney’s fees.
  • Schlicht v. Ford Motor Co., 924 So. 2d 826 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006). Jury instruction related to the scope of a manufacturer’s liability.
  • Ryder v. AT&T, Inc., 56 Fed. Appx. 292 (11th Cir. 2005). Sufficiency of evidence of willful and wanton misconduct, and admission of expert testimony in breach of contract action.
  • Hooker v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., 915 So. 2d 1199 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005). Employer’s vicarious liability for negligence of employee in personal injury action.
  • Gonzalez v. Martinez, 897 So. 2d 525 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005). Voir dire and expert testimony in medical malpractice action.
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Nowell, 896 So. 2d 768 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005). Forum non conveniens in products liability action.
  • Horwarth v. Ford Motor Co., 104 Fed. Appx. 152 (11th Cir. 2004). Evidence sufficient to establish a product defect in products liability action.
  • Dvorak v. Prudential Ins., 54 Fed. Appx. 690 (11th Cir. 2002). Statute of limitations, negligent supervision, fiduciary duty and constructive fraud in commercial action.