Javier Rodriguez, Jr. is an Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. Javier primarily represents those who have been affected by police misconduct and the use of excessive force, wrongful death, and other serious personal injuries. Ever mindful of the fact that lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, Javier is committed to ensuring that justice exists for all.
In 2018, he graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. In law school, he was a member of The John Marshall Law Review, The John Marshall Law School’s Moot Court Honors Council, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Team, and the Student Bar Association.
While in law school, Javier interned with the American Bar Association’s Commission for Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, as well as the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor – the latter of which afforded him the opportunity to author portions of an appellate brief submitted to the Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District. He also worked for the International Human Rights Clinic at the UIC School of Law, where he assisted Syrian refugees navigating the process of applying for asylum.
Prior to joining Romanucci & Blandin, Javier served as the Judicial Law Clerk and Staff Attorney assigned to the Honorable Clare Elizabeth McWilliams at the “J1” Asbestos Litigation Calendar at the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he conducted complex legal research and authored numerous opinions on a wide range of issues, such as wrongful death, personal injury-related litigation, toxic tort litigation, and premises liability (among many others).
In 2014, Javier earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he was previously elected to serve as Student Body President of the Evangel Student Government Association. He is also a graduate from the United High School Engineering and Technology Magnet in Laredo, Texas.
In his free time, Javier enjoys walking his dog Koa, exploring the city with friends, and watching the latest horror movies.
Education & Certifications
University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2018
Evangel University, Bachelor of Science in Social Science, 2014
Awards & Recognition
Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Listee (2020) – Marquis Who’s Who
Dean’s List (2016, 2017) – University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Highest Grade Award in International Law (2017) – University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Highest Grade Award in Constitutional Law II (2016) – University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Edward T. Lee Full Tuition Scholarship (2015) - University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Silver Shield Award (2013) – Evangel University
Legal Activities & Leadership
American Bar Association, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Illinois, 2018
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2022
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2022
- August 18, 2022
Felony charges were filed August 18, 2022 against a Chicago Police Sergeant for a July incident in which our client’s 14-year-old son was aggressively treated by the officer without probable cause. In the issued statement, the suburban Park Ridge parents of that boy say they are “relieved and pleased” by the charges.