Fred A. Rodríguez is a Partner at VLP. He is passionate about international legal matters involving the transfer of personnel, goods, know-how, IP, and/or services across borders. He specializes in business immigration, business transactions, intellectual property law, and non-profit organizations and represents or has represented companies in a wide variety of businesses, such as, education and business consulting, construction, software development, clothing manufacturing, wine production and distribution, print and online magazine publishing, parochial and secular schools (primary grades through college level), the manufacture and sale of food processing equipment, a religious order, and a variety of non-profit organizations.

Fred has helped hundreds of aliens obtain temporary work authorization in the US (E, F, H, L, O, R, TN status), become permanent residents (EB-1 through EB-5, including religious workers, and immediate relatives of US citizens), and obtain US citizenship. He has helped foreign investors enter the US to establish businesses and US businesses transfer employees abroad to work for affiliated businesses.

Prior to joining VLP, Fred had his own firm, was a partner at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon and then at Stein & Lubin LLP, and was an associate at Thelen, Marin, Johnson & Bridges. Fred is a member of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2006 he was a lecturer on International Business Transactions in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Vermont.

Fred serves as an Advisor Emeritus member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California International Law Section and, over the years has been a speaker on numerous business immigration programs sponsored by the International Law Section.

He is fluent in spoken and written Spanish.


  • JD, University of Michigan, 1979
  • BA, University of Vermont, 1976, cum laude

Community Involvement

  • Trustee of the Commonwealth Club of California;
  • Commissioner, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore Advisory Commission until the authorization for the commission expired (appointed by Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt on the recommendation of Representative Nancy Pelosi);
  • Past Director, Libraries for the Future headquartered in New York City;
  • Past Director, Fort Mason Foundation;
  • Member emeritus of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zoological Society;
  • Governor Emeritus and Past-Chair of the Board of Governors of the City Club of San Francisco;
  • Past Trustee of the Lasallian Education Fund;
  • Past member of the Awards Committee of the San Francisco Foundation;
  • Past Trustee, World Affairs Council of Northern California;
  • From 1989-1992 he was a member of the San Francisco Board of Education and its President in 1990.
  • Past-Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of Great City Schools (headquartered in Washington, D.C.);
  • Past Commissioner, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission (appointed by then Mayor Dianne Feinstein);
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco School Volunteers;
  • Past Director, San Francisco Economic Development Corporation;
  • Past Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (when the museum moved from the War Memorial Building to its Third Street location);
  • Past Director, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce;
  • PastDirector, San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  • Past Trustee of Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services (operates The Sequoias Senior Housing in SF and other senior housing facilities in Northern California);