Bryan-College Station, Texas Lawyers

The attorneys at Rodgers, Miller & Rodriguez P.C. have continuously received recognition from peers and clients for providing high-quality representation and personal attention. We provide representation in areas that include: insurance defense, business law, commercial litigation, professional negligence defense, banking defense, construction law, oil and gas issues, and other complex legal concerns. Additionally, we have worked with in-house counsel and general counsel for a wide range of industries

Our Bryan-College Station law firm has served the Central Texas area since 1979 and boasts two attorneys—Steve Rodgers and Jon Miller—who have each been Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers-Texas Board of Legal Specialization for more than 20 years. Learn more about our credentials and backgrounds by reviewing the profiles listed below. For quality legal representation, please contact our Bryan-College Station lawyers to schedule a consultation.


W. Stephen Rodgers

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W. Stephen Rodgers is a director of the firm. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law-Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1975 with his B.A. and received his J.D. from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1978.

Steve taught the Advanced Construction Law component in the Construction Science Department at Texas A&M University for two semesters and has also been a guest instructor numerous times in the Texas A&M University School of Engineering. He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has achieved membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. Committed to his peer community, he has served as president of the Brazos County Bar Association and has served on various committees of the State Bar of Texas. Presently, he serves on the State Bar Rules of Civil Procedure Committee and is appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Unauthorized Practice of Law investigations committee. Previous appointments include the Committee on Funding the Judiciary, Committee on Administration of Justice, and Grievance Committee where he served as chairman. He is a former director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

His litigation and appeals practice includes:

  • Products liability
  • Insurance defense in all matters
  • Personal injury
  • Oil and gas
  • Construction disputes
  • Probate litigation

His representative clients include Devon Energy, Inc., Chartis Insurance (formerly AIG), British Petroleum, Mid-Continent Insurance, Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. and The Bank & Trust of Bryan/College Station.

Representative results

  • Jury verdict for oil operator on negligence, DTPA and product liability claims against casing manufacturers after a downhole casing seperation leading to casing ejection. The jury awarded the oil operator all of its actual damages and three times the amount of attorney fees requested.
  • Jury verdict for defense of one of world’s largest public oil companies in the trial of a wrongful death claim.
  • Jury verdict for homeowners in significant construction defect case against residential homebuilder.
  • Significant appellate reversal and rendition in favor of defendant oil company after a plaintiff's jury verdict in complex oil and gas litigation.
  • Defense judgment in favor of engineer in construction defect claim by property owners.
  • Settlement in favor of homeowners' association to cover all costs or remediating and re-engineering a flooding problem caused by an adjacent subdivision development.
  • Reimbursement of all defense attorney's fees on behalf of a "non-manufacturing seller" in a products liability case when the manufacturer refused to indemnify.
  • Co-counsel for defendants in numerous class action cases in Central Texas including claims involving genetically altered seed, royalty owner disputes over payments for gas production and computer component defects.

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Jon Miller

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Jon Miller is a director of the firm. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law-Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is admitted to practice in Texas, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in 1977 and received his J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1981.

He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has achieved membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also a member of several organizations, including the Brazos County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas sections on litigation, business litigation, construction law, consumer law, and taxation law.

He practices in the following areas:

  • Real estate litigation
  • Real estate broker litigation
  • Tax appraisal litigation
  • Trials and appeals
  • Commercial litigation
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Banking litigation
  • Construction litigation

His clients include Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, The Bank & Trust of Bryan/College Station, and the Brazos County Appraisal District.

Representative results

  • Jury verdict for electrical contractor sued by a bank. The bank alleged that electrical contractor conspired with another bank customer to defraud bank and to convert equipment and other property securing loans by bank.
  • Jury verdict in defense of real estate broker in suit arising out of mold infestation of substantial home in Houston, Texas.
  • Jury verdict in defense of physicians in suit by former physician employee alleging breach of contract and fraudulent inducement.
  • Jury verdict in defense of real estate broker and agent in suit arising out of alleged toxic chemical contamination of a Texas city.
  • Jury verdict in defense of attorney in legal malpractice suit arising out of real estate transaction.
  • Jury verdict in defense of bank in suit by construction loan customer alleging funding irregularities.
  • Jury verdict in defense of real estate broker and agent in suit arising out of residential subdivision built on site of oil and gas operations.
  • Summary judgment affirmed on appeal in favor of Appraisal District in suit pertaining to exemption claim.
  • Numerous summary judgments in suits against real estate agents and their broker arising out of residential property transactions.
  • Summary judgment in favor of bank in suit by former customer. Judgment affirmed by Court of Appeals by successful assertion of alter ego defense.
  • Summary judgment in favor of employer in Title VII claim, affirmed by United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

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Marie Portales Rodriguez

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Legal Assistant: Brittaney Gandy

Marie Portales Rodriguez is admitted to practice in Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Journalism in 1998 and received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston in 2005. She has held a Texas State Bar certification as an attorney ad litem in guardianships since 2005, and has devoted a significant portion of her practice to representing applicants, interested parties and proposed wards in guardianship. She is a member of the Texas Guardianship Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Brazos County Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee of Paralegals.

Her areas of practice include:

  • Guardianship
  • Estate planning and probate
  • Commercial litigation
  • Collections
  • Mechanic's lien
  • Insurance defense
  • Real estate broker defense
  • Personal injury litigation

Outside of the law office, she donates her time to the Hispanic Forum of Bryan/College Station, the Junior League of Bryan/College Station, and the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLR), and is a board member at the Prenatal Clinic of Bryan/College Station.

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Nick Fusco

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James B. Bond

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James B. Bond is of counsel at Rodgers & Miller, P.C. He is admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in 1958. After serving his country as a captain in the United States Army, he attended law school and received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1968.

He served as vice chancellor, legal affairs and general counsel for Texas A&M for 21 years. He also served on the Texas Industrial Commission and College Station City Council. He is a member of the Brazos County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He was a trustee for the Navasota Independent School District. His areas of practice include:

  • Elder law
  • Education law
  • Mediation
  • Real estate
  • Probate
  • Trust law
  • Municipal law

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Joe E. Luce

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Joe Luce is an experienced, AV Rated trial lawyer, having obtained over fifty jury verdicts, with extensive experience in first party insurance, insurance defense, commercial, and tort litigation. He has developed an expertise in the handling of large, complex litigation involving such matters as mass torts, toxic torts, oil and gas, pollution and product defect cases, including dry cleaner pollution liability, breast implant, fen-phen, and polybutylene pipe litigation. His vast litigation experience includes cases involving personal injury and death, construction accidents and defects, professional liability, automobile and trucking as well as products liability.

After thirty years of first chair jury trial experience and having participated in hundreds of mediations both large and small, Joe has expanded his practice to now include full mediation services, attorney ad litem work and is available to be a receiver, discovery master or arbitrator upon request. His vast trial work experience provides Joe with invaluable experience to draw upon as a mediator not only regarding the subjects of the matters he will be mediating but also understanding how litigation works, the various relationships that exists in disputes and a wealth of strategies to undertake to work toward a successful resolution. Having done both insurance defense and commercial litigation as both plaintiff and defense counsel, Joe provides the essence of what an unbiased, independent mediator is required to bring to the table.

Education

  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., Marketing, 1981
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association

Publications & Speeches

  • “Update on Texas Law: RCLA and DTPA as Applied to Construction Defect Law and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Claims Current Law,” Trinity Universal Insurance Companies Continuing Adjuster Education Program, San Antonio, Texas, November 2001
  • “Prosecuting and Defending Insurance Coverage Disputes,” San Antonio Independent Insurance Agents Association, San Antonio, Texas, November 2001
    “Stowers Doctrine” and “Article 21.55 and The Duty To Defend,” American Equity Insurance Company Adjuster Continuing Education Program, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 2001
  • “Stowers Doctrine,” Penn-America Insurance Company Continuing Education Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2001
  • “Managing The Complex Case Ethically and Effectively: Giving Your Shark Room To Swim Without Tanking Your Budget,” American Contractors Insurance Company – Safety Workshop, Dallas, Texas April 1999
  • “Insurance Coverage Opinions: Examining The Tilley Doctrine,” multiple presentations over many years including The Ranger Insurance Company and The Advanced Insurance Bad Faith Litigation Seminar at South Texas College of Law

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