Qualification(s): LLB, BJuris
Rod Hodgson is the Queensland Leader of Litigation and Legal Strategy. He is based in Brisbane and travels regularly throughout Queensland to the firm’s other offices. Rod oversees complex litigation matters and works with Maurice Blackburn lawyers throughout the state to share his extensive litigation and legal strategy skills to maximise outcomes for clients.
He has been listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide as a lawyer of note, and says the most rewarding thing about being a lawyer is “making a positive difference”. Rod was presented the Queensland Law Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 for his impact on the community and in legal circles over many years
“I became a lawyer because I had a desire to make a major positive difference to the lives of people who would otherwise not have someone fighting for their rights.”
Rod has over 30 years of experience helping people access justice. Rod’s extensive knowledge of legal process extends to major litigation cases. He headed up the legal team that represented Dr Mohamed Haneef, who was wrongly arrested on terrorism charges in 2007 and awarded compensation by the Federal Government in 2010. Rod received the Australian Lawyers Alliance Queensland Civil Justice Award in 2011 in recognition of his work representing Dr Haneef, as well as the thousands of other people he had helped throughout his legal career.
"Mr Hodgson was chosen for this… award because his passionate pursuit of justice, and his dedication to ensuring those most marginalised… were better able to find redress through his efforts. As an advocate providing access to justice, Rod has also been involved in cases that benefit not only individuals but the community as a whole," ALA Queensland president Adam Tayler said when presenting the award to Rod.
“Every day, the team at Maurice Blackburn vigorously pursues companies who have hurt our clients. We take pride in achieving great outcomes for our clients through hard and clever work,” says Rod.
Rod is a passionate advocate for the common law and compensation schemes which value individual differences through application of common law principles. Rod has also been responsible for many law-changing and leading cases; and contributes to State and Commonwealth policy development and oversight on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS).
Memberships & accreditations
- Queensland Law Society Member
- Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist
- Law Institute of Victoria Member
- Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist
- Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Australian Lawyers Alliance Queensland State Committee member