M. Dalton Rodriguez


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2015; development editor and lead article editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • BA, Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012; William Jennings Bryan Award (best honors theses in the Government Department)


  • Massachusetts, 2015

M. Dalton Rodriguez


M. Dalton Rodriguez joined Ropes & Gray in 2015 as an associate in the litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, including cases arising under federal securities laws, state contract claims, and claims dealing with officers and directors of corporations, as well as government investigations.

Dalton maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on cases affecting the LGBTQ community and immigration issues.

During law school, Dalton worked in the Religious Liberty Clinic representing a diverse group of clients in legal disputes arising from their religious beliefs and freedom of conscience. He also participated in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, served as a development editor and as a lead article editor of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and volunteered as an accounting instructor for Project ReMADE (Reentry: Making A Difference Through Entrepreneurship).


  • Counseled hedge-fund creditor in high-profile bankruptcy litigation regarding the sale of debtors’ assets.
  • Represented multiple private equity firms in responding to formal investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Advised grocery store chain in a complex lease dispute.
  • Conducted internal anti-corruption investigation for technology company.
  • Advised private equity firm in connection with claims against seller of portfolio company for breach of representation and warranties in purchase agreement.
  • U.S. v. Texas – authored amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of the eligibility of recipients of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to apply for work authorization.
  • Ricchio v. McLean – member of Ropes & Gray team that represented amicus Freedom Network USA in First Circuit case concerning a victim of human trafficking and civil penalties available under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.


  • Contributor, “Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 2017-2018 Supplement,” Thomson Reuters (Fourth Edition) (November 2017)
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