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Rolando L. Rios

Bar Admissions:

United States Supreme Court, 1988

Western District of Texas, 1980

Southern District of Texas, 1980

Eastern District of Texas, 1985

Northern District of Texas, 1985

State of Texas, 1980


J.D., Georgetown University, 1979 
B.A., St. Mary's University, 1968

(Mathematics and Physics)


Areas of Practice: 
Election, Voting and Redistricting Law Government and Municipal Law 
Environmental Justice 
Personal Injury



Rolando Rios has concentrated his career principally on federal and state election law, equal protection, redistricting and governmental affairs. This has involved work at all levels from small school and water districts up to a jurisdiction the size of the State of Texas. He has handled election contests, recounts and a broad range of litigation and administrative hearings at the federal and state levels.


Mr. Rios is the former General Counsel for the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project. Mr. Rios has been involved in redistricting for more than twenty years, resulting in over two hundred cases being litigated. Due to Mr. Rios' vast experience, he was called to testify before the United States Congress on the extension of the Federal Voting Rights Act in both 1978 and 1981.


Presidential Appointment:

In 1995 Mr. Rios was appointed to the Presidential Commission on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses.


Community Service | Awards | Certificates:

The Rios Firm is state certified as minority and disabled veteran owned. (certifications available upon request)


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), 1993 Legal Services Award.


League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Presidents Award.


Mexican American Bar Association (MABA), Outstanding Legal Contribution Award.



Significant Cases: 
White v. Regester, 412 U.S. 755 (1973). 
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) v. Midland Independent School District, 648 F. Supp. 596 (W.D. Tex. 1968). 
Campos v. City of Baytown, 840 F. 2d. 1240 (5th Cir.1988). 
LULAC v. Clements, 999 F.2d 831 (5th Cir.1993).

Perry v. Perez, 565 US 388, ( Jan. 20, 2012)





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