Gregory Rodriguez

Of Counsel

greg.rodriguez@bbklaw.com

Tel: (202) 370-5308

Location(s)

At a Glance

Admitted in the State of California and the District of Columbia.

Greg previously worked as in-house counsel for the San Diego Association of Governments.
 
He advises clients on the legal and policy issues associated with emerging transportation technologies, including driverless and connected vehicles.

Working out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Gregory Rodriguez uses his unique experience working on Capitol Hill and as in-house counsel for a transportation planning agency to provide legal and regulatory guidance concerning federal grant and contracting requirements, and monitors, counsels and advocates for clients on federal legislation, rulemakings and funding opportunities related to transportation infrastructure. Greg has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 and presents nationally on the policy and legal implications of the FAST Act.
 
Greg’s practice includes providing information, policy insight and legal assistance on the regulation and incorporation of emerging transportation technologies into our transportation network, including autonomous vehicles and drones. He serves as general counsel for the National Association of Regional Councils, which advocates for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. Greg regularly writes and speaks on policy and legal issues involving technology and innovation. Greg regularly participates in national webinars and speaks at conferences hosted by organizations including the Southern California Association of Governments and the Maryland Association of Counties on smart planning for driverless and connected vehicles.
 
Greg is well versed on the various contracting options available to public agencies and takes a hands-on approach to ensure a successful project delivery on public construction projects, including large transportation infrastructure projects. Greg previously served as in-house counsel for the San Diego Association of Governments, where he worked on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project.
 
Before attending law school at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, Gregory was a staff member for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C., where he provided legislative support for issues related to the environment, energy and water.
 
In his free time, Gregory enjoys cycling, traveling and spending time outdoors with his family.

Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


Education

  • James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona, J.D.
  • Stanford University, B.A., international relations
     

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Legal Alerts Feb 20, 2019

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

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New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

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Policy Brief: Automated Vehicles Governance
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 21, 2018

Policy Brief: Automated Vehicles Governance

BB&K’s Gregory Rodriguez Co-Authors Paper for UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies & Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 04, 2018

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk

Automated Vehicle Terms of Use Issues Explored by BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez in Eno Transportation Weekly

The First Self-Driving Death
Legal Alerts Apr 04, 2018

The First Self-Driving Death

Mitigating Risks, Regulatory Update and a Tale of Two States

Roads of the Future Today
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 16, 2018

Roads of the Future Today

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Writes on the Latest Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles in PublicCEO

Dockless Disruption: Maximizing Opportunities Through Smart Regulations
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 22, 2018

Dockless Disruption: Maximizing Opportunities Through Smart Regulations

BB&K's Gregory Rodriguez and Steven DeBaun Discuss Bikeshare Issues in PublicCEO

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update
Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2017

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

Automated Vehicle Regulatory Challenges: Avoiding Legal Potholes Through Collaboration
Authored Articles & Publications Sep 19, 2017

Automated Vehicle Regulatory Challenges: Avoiding Legal Potholes Through Collaboration

Gregory Rodriguez's Article to Supplement his LCC Conference Presentation

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 29, 2017

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

By Gregory Rodriguez and Ana Schwab

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 20, 2017

National League of Cities Releases Guide on Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

By Gregory Rodriguez

Op-Ed: Partnering on Automated Vehicle Pilots and Ensuring Two-Way Streets to Success
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 26, 2017

Op-Ed: Partnering on Automated Vehicle Pilots and Ensuring Two-Way Streets to Success

ENO Transportation Weekly Op-Ed by BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
Legal Alerts Nov 15, 2016

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies

Op-Ed: Automated Vehicles and Minding the Looming Infrastructure Gap
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 11, 2016

Op-Ed: Automated Vehicles and Minding the Looming Infrastructure Gap

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Opines About How to Move Forward

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 05, 2016

DOT Policy Starts Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles

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Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA

60-Day Comment Period Provides Important Chance to Have Local Voices Heard

The Good, (Potentially) Bad, and (Avoiding) the Ugly: The Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities Driverless Vehicles Offer to Municipalities
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 29, 2016

The Good, (Potentially) Bad, and (Avoiding) the Ugly: The Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities Driverless Vehicles Offer to Municipalities

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Looks Down the Road in Municipal Lawyer Magazine

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population
Legal Alerts Apr 06, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population

Total Population, However, May Not Be the Only Standard Upon Which Voting Areas Can Be Based

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions
Legal Alerts Mar 17, 2016

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind

FAST Act Authorizes $305 Billion in Transportation Spending Over Five Years
Legal Alerts Dec 17, 2015

FAST Act Authorizes $305 Billion in Transportation Spending Over Five Years

Funds to Help Critical Transportation Projects to Move Forward

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard
Legal Alerts Oct 21, 2015

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard

New Federal Bill for Transportation Funding on the Road to Passage

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls
Legal Alerts Oct 06, 2015

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 17, 2015

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By Gregory Rodriguez

  • “Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing” BBKnowledge, Sept. 13, 2017
  • “Come Along for #BBKInnovation Week!” BBKnowledge, Sept. 8, 2017
  • “DOT Announces $226 Million in Grant Funding for Buses and Bus Facilities,” BBKnowledge, July 12, 2017
  • “Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2017
  • Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal,” BBKnowledge, March 10, 2017
  • “Infrastructure Plan Watch: A Democratic Proposal and a Hearing on the Hill,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 3, 2017
  • “The Trump Infrastructure Plan: Still Many Questions, But Perhaps Some Insights,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 24, 2017
  • “Reducing Cyber Vulnerability and Keeping Online Voter Registration Data Safe,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 6, 2016
  • “Gear Up for Driverless Cars: The Billion Dollar Questions – When, How and What?,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 29, 2016
  • “Can “Big Brother” Bring Big Improvements to Provision of Local Government Services?,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 12, 2016
  • “Gear Up for Driverless Cars: A Moment to Reflect, Collaborate and Innovate,” BBKnowledge, July 18, 2016
  • “[PRESENTATION] Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Wait! Who’s Driving that Car?,” BBKnowledge, June 29, 2016
  • “Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Full Speed Ahead or Just Kicking the Preemption Can Down the Road?,” BBKnowledge, June 13, 2016
  • “The Race to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles is On,” BBKnowledge, April 19, 2016
  • “Trends in Transportation for 2016,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 24, 2016
  • “Trends in Transportation for 2016,” PublicCEO, February 2016
  • “Geeking Out on Transportation,” BBKnowledge, Jan.15, 2016
  • “Transportation by the Numbers,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 13, 2016
  • “FAST Act Funding,” BBKnowledge, Dec. 16, 2015
  • “What does “One Person, One Vote” Mean?,” BBKnowledge, Dec. 10, 2015
  • “DOT Smart City Challenge Grant Applications Now Being Accepted,” BBKnowledge, Dec. 8, 2015
  • “Federal Transportation Update: Highway Extensions, Buy America Waivers and Rulemakings,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 4, 2015
  • “Modernizing the Review Process or Just More Busy Work?,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 2, 2015
  • “More Potholes or Smoother Roads Ahead?,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 29, 2015
  • “Highway Trust Fund Update: DOT Clarifies Need for Congressional Action,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 17, 2015
  • “Navigating the Unknown: the California Voting Rights Act,” Daily Journal, January 2012

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