- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1997, with Honors, Order of the Coif
- Miami University, B.S., 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
- The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Rodney is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the litigation group. He focuses on business litigation and Vorys eControl.
Within his business litigation work, Rodney has substantial experience in consumer financial services defending banking, mortgage lending and other financial institutions in lender liability actions, consumer protection actions, unfair, deceptive & abusive practices matters, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory inquiries.
As part of the Vorys eControl team, Rodney counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection, combatting illegal online sales and developing legal claims against unauthorized online sellers. He leads enforcement and litigation efforts against sellers who sell illegally, including trademark, Lanham Act, and related claims.
Rodney also has significant expertise with sophisticated electronic discovery and information management matters, including the use of technology-assisted review tools. The information management side of his practice includes records management and retention policies, public records requests and public meetings governed by Ohio’s Sunshine Laws (Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act) and the Freedom of Information Act.
His recent experience includes:
- Defending several Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in complex litigation in state and federal appellate courts;
- Successful federal jury trials on behalf of retail clients for business disputes and employment litigation;
- Negotiating a multi-billion dollar asset transfer on behalf of a state agency;
- Substantive cost and vendor management, application of technology-assisted review analytics to litigation investigation matters, and motion practice in e-discovery in federal and state courts; and
- Public records and open meetings policies and application of policies on behalf of public institutions, including public records litigation.
Rodney currently chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is member of the Litigation Training Group. In his role as Pro Bono Committee Chair, he helps empower Vorys attorneys for pro bono opportunities to serve those in need without access to the justice system.
Rodney has presented on numerous topics including: collection and evidentiary issues regarding social media & other electronically-stored information; the rules of evidence; ethics, sanctions and electronic discovery; the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure; and e-discovery best practices. He recently presented at the 2017 International Legal Technology Association state-wide conference on e-discovery project management.
Rodney received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.S. from Miami University.
Honors & Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2010
- Winter 2020Businesses Now Being Sued in Latest Class Action Wave for ADA Claimed Violations for Gift Card and Expanded Web/App AccessibilityBeginning in October 2019, more than a dozen individuals through at least four law firms have filed hundreds of new lawsuits against businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990’s Title III (starting at 42 USC §12101), as well as local New York state (N.Y. Exec. Law Article 15) and New York City Human Rights Laws (starting at N.Y.C. Admin. Code §8-101).
- Winter 2020By 6-1 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that under Ohio criminal law, a bank that cashes a forged check and then recredits a depositor’s account is a “victim” such that the person who forged the check may be required to pay restitution to the bank.
- 1/4/2018Financial Services Alert: Key Updates: Financial Institutions, Websites and the Application of the Americans with Disabilities ActOver the past year, various plaintiff-side law firms sent aggressive demand letters on behalf of activist organizations and individuals to financial institutions – typically community banks – asserting that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites.
- 6/15/2017Client Alert: Historic Win for Plaintiff in First Ever ADA Public Accommodations Website Accessibility TrialThis week a federal judge in Florida passed down one of the most historic ADA website accessibility decisions to date, finding that Winn-Dixie was liable under Title III of the ADA because its website was inaccessible.
- 11/21/2016Client Alert: Banks and Thrifts: Please do NOT Ignore the Latest Wave of Website Inaccessibility Demand LettersSeveral law firms nationally are in the process of issuing demand letters to banks, thrifts and various other businesses alleging website access barriers. The most recent wave of demand letters specifically target the banking industry. The letters demand changes to banks’ web pages and payment of substantial legal fees based on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA).
- 5/25/2016The first wave of attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently proposed rules prohibiting class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements occurred during the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration.
- 5/25/2016Financial Services Alert: Regulations Prohibiting Class Action Waivers Published in Federal RegisterOn May 24, 2016 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed arbitration rule was published in the Federal Register.
- 5/6/2016Financial Services Alert: CFPB Invites Comment on Newly Proposed Regulations Banning Class Action WaiversThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday released a widely anticipated proposed rule that would: (1) prohibit class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and (2) require a provider to submit records from individual arbitrations to the CFPB.
- 3/16/2015The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study on March 10, 2015 that concludes that pre-dispute arbitration agreements restrict a consumers’ relief. This study is the latest step in the CFPB’s analysis of lenders’ arbitration practices and is widely regarded as a precursor to new regulations.
- 1/20/2015Client Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Borrowers Need Only Give Notice of Intent to Rescind Under TILA within Three Years of ClosingOn January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of homeowners seeking to rescind their loans and mortgages with written notice to lenders within three years of completion of a real estate transaction, where lenders allegedly failed to comply with the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Based on this decision in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., it is not necessary that a homeowner actually file a court action within those three years.