Roy J. Rodney, Jr. is the founder and managing partner for the law firm of Rodney & Etter, L.L.C., a diverse group of lawyers formerly involved in academia, government and private practices.
The firm was the recipient of the Young Leadership Council’s 1996 Diversity Award for Emerging Businessand has evolved into a powerhouse in the New Orleans legal community, specializing in complex commercial litigation, construction, environmental, class action and intellectual property law. The firm’s practice and reputation has resulted in participation in litigation and seminars in several states, the United Kingdom, and South Africa
In addition to his commercial practice, Mr. Rodney has also received the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Award, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s Lawyer of the Year award and is past Chairman of the Civil Trial Advocacy Section of the National Bar Association.
As a result of his efforts in the historic case of Chisom v. Edwards, Justice Revius Ortique was installed in 1993 as the first African-American Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Since his installation, more than forty African-American lawyers have been elected as judges in Louisiana.
Mr. Rodney’s civic activities have included service on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans World Trade Center, The New Orleans Regional Medical Complex, and the boards of Jackson State University and the Audubon Institute, where he was instrumental in the development of the Aquarium of the Americas.
From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Rodney served as Chair of the New Orleans Downtown Development District and has, with the participation of his fellow board members, issued the millennium plan for downtown New Orleans. In 1998, he was appointed by the United States Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, to a position on the Board of Directors of the National Jazz Historical Park. Mr. Rodney was also the founder of the New Orleans Brass hockey team of the East Coast Hockey League and is the only African-American to own a professional team in the history of the sport. His continuing contributions to his community have been recognized by many organizations and publications.