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On Janet Jackson, Straight Shooting, and Los Tres Golpes

Discovery with Argilio Rodriguez

Published in 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine

If you were in my office, you’d … have almost daily invitations from our clients, which are restaurants, bars and nightclubs throughout New York City. 

The lawyer I most admire is … Johnnie Cochran, for his unique style, civil rights work and humble beginnings. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … being a straight shooter; being transparent and honest without the need for gamesmanship.  

My pretrial routine is … being the most prepared person in the room and getting an excellent night of sleep.

My courtroom walk-up music would be … “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” by Janet Jackson. 

When I win a case, I celebrate with … champagne bottle service provided by the client at his or her bar or nightclub. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … Clarence Thomas. 

A different practice area that intrigues me is … cannabis law.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d … develop and operate hotels throughout Latin America near exceptionally beautiful beaches. 

On weekends I … put my cellphone on Do Not Disturb, hit the gym for weightlifting, and enjoy a 10-kilometer run on the trails of Van Cortlandt Park. 

My favorite meal is … los tres golpes (“the three hits”), a traditional breakfast of the Dominican Republic consisting of mangú (mashed plantains) with fried salami, cheese and eggs.

I get angry when … I arrive at Grand Central Station during rush hour. 

My motto is … “Earned, not given.”

I wish I had invented … Bitcoin.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Dave Chappelle.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Narcos: Mexico

Nothing cheers me up like … early-morning coffee while watching the sun rise from my rooftop.

If I won the lottery I’d … donate it. The ultimate flex is giving it all away.

My favorite podcast is … The Joe Rogan Experience.

The app I use the most is … CoinMarketCap for cryptocurrency prices and charts.

The most annoying thing about my job is … getting calls from my nightlife clients regarding yet another police raid at 2 a.m. on a Saturday. 

The one piece of advice I offer to new laywers is … seek out quality mentorship from folks with a similar background and with whom you share common interests. Never feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. We are here to support and uplift one another.

My least-favorite word is … quit.

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