Chair of Labor & Employment Practice Group
Rodney S. Diggs is a practiced litigator with substantial experience trying cases to verdict in both federal and state courts. Rodney is Chair of the Labor & Employment practice group, which focuses on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour issues. He also handles civil rights litigation.
Rodney’s significant achievements include obtaining a $9.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case against the City of Long Beach. This was the largest verdict in history against the City of Long Beach and the second largest verdict in a wrongful death case in the Central District of California. Rodney has obtained over $50 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Rodney was also lead counsel in Reginald Mitchell v. California Department of Public Health, which resulted in a published California Court of Appeal decision.
Rodney became a Director at Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 2016. In 2019, Rodney became a named partner when the firm changed its name to Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Rodney clerked for the Honorable Patti Jo McKay, Presiding Judge for the Appellate Division for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In 2019, Rodney was named Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Rodney has also been named Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014-2020.
In 2018, Rodney was named one of the nation’s top 500 Employment Lawyer’s by Law Dragon.
In 2017, The California Legislature Assembly recognized Rodney as one of its 40 emerging civic leaders under the age of 40. In a Certificate of Recognition, Assembly Sebastian Ridley-Thomas congratulated Diggs, noting that his “dedication and commitment to advocacy, philanthropy, and civic engagement is an inspiration to our diverse communities.” Rodney was also recognized for his dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County
In 2017, Rodney was also named among the National Bar Association’s (NBA) 2017 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates, which recognizes the nation’s top lawyers under the age of 40 who exemplify high achievement in the legal field, including advocacy, innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement. Rodney was also named Los Angeles’ 100 Most Influential African Americans.
Rodney is admitted to practice before the State of California, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit).
At Howard University School of Law, Rodney was Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Chief Justice of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity and Senior Staff Editor of the Human Rights and Globalization Law Review. He was also a student attorney for DC Law Students in Court, representing low-income clients with landlord disputes and handling other civil matters in the Washington, D.C. Superior Court and administrative agencies.
During his undergraduate career at University of California, Los Angeles, Rodney was a member of the track and field team. He achieved All-Pac 10 and All-American status in the 400 meter race and 4×400 meter relay.