Manolo T. Rodríguez-Bird


(787) 767-1030
(787) 751-4068

Mr. Rodríguez-Bird concentrates his practice in admiralty law, maritime personal injury claims, marine cargo claims, and marine natural resource damage claims. During the last 20 years, Mr. Rodríguez-Bird has defended more seamen personal injury matters than any other attorney in Puerto Rico. Mr. Rodríguez-Bird has also represented ship interests in the last four significant natural resource damage claims to coral environment in Puerto Rico. He also has participated in numerous commercial multiparty complex litigation matters in the telecommunications field, environmental mass tort claims, and multidistrict antitrust litigation. In the last 15 years, Mr. Rodríguez-Bird has acted on behalf of insurance interests (General Electric and P&I Associations) in the four largest fire cases in Puerto Rico (Aljoma Lumber Warehouse, Palo Seco Power Plant, Capeco Explosion and a passenger/cargo ferry mass tort fire action).

He was a member of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico Law Review. During 1982-1983 he served as Chief Editor and was the author of the article “La Voluntad Unilateral según Interpretación Jurisprudencial en Puerto Rico”, published by the Catholic University of Puerto Rico Law Review, Vol 39, 1982.

Mr. Rodríguez-Bird was General Tax Attorney at the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from 1983 to 1987.

Place of Birth:

San Juan, PR

Languages Spoken:

Spanish and English


  • Catholic University of Puerto Rico
    Ponce, PR
    1983, JD
    Cum Laude
  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
    San Juan, PR
    1979, BA in History and Political Science
    Cum Laude


  • Puerto Rico Bar, 1984
  • United States Tax Court, 1984
  • United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1990
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010


  • American Bar Association
  • Federal and American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Marítimo, Secretary, 2012-2014


Before studying law, Mr. Rodríguez-Bird obtained a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s License and worked aboard numerous charter boat fishing vessels.  Presently, because of his passion for the sea, he maintains an active license to take out the occasional charter.