Carlos has devoted his entire legal career to defending and protecting the rights of the accused. He has investigated, prepared, and successfully defended those accused of murder, rape, child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, aggravated assault, drug possession & trafficking, DUI, and many other criminal charges.

In 2016, Carlos and his partner, Maddox, were members of the defense team in the high-profile murder trial of State of Georgia v. Justin Ross Harris, also referred to in the news media as the “Hot Car Case.”  During this nationally-televised trial, Carlos contributed his talent to the preparation and cross-examination of expert witnesses in the areas of computer and cellphone forensics; 3D crime-scene mapping; surveillance video evidence; and temperature testing. 

Carlos is a member of the Criminal Defense Section of the Cobb County Bar Association, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was selected by SuperLawyers to the list of “Georgia’s Rising Stars”, and the “Top 40 Under 40” list by the National Trial Lawyers Association. His 2017 appointment to serve on the Cobb County Ethics Board exemplifies Carlos’s character and level of trust. Carlos was honored to receive the  Ross Adams Younger Lawyer Award in 2018 – an award that recognizes a younger lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the legal community and the Cobb County Bar Association.

Carlos speaks Spanish fluently, allowing him to serve as an effective protector and guide for those Spanish-speaking members of our community. He is honored to have the responsibility of helping people in times of trouble – a sentiment that is central to the firm’s philosophy at Kilgore & Rodriguez.


  • Criminal Defense Attorney 2010-Present


University of Georgia 2007, Bachelor of Arts

University of Georgia 2010, Juris Doctorate

Courts Admitted to Practice

  • United States Federal Court, Northern District of Georgia

  • Supreme Court of Georgia

  • Georgia Court of Appeals

  • All Trial Courts in Georgia

What Our Clients are Saying:

"Carlos Rodriguez is a trustworthy and honest attorney. A year ago I went to Carlos for legal representation in a very serious criminal matter. I put my life in the hands of this man and my full trust in his legal abilities. All of the charges against me were dismissed and it is due to this attorney's diligence, skill and understanding of the law concerning my charges as well as his ability to see my case for what it really was. It is because of this attorney that I am a free man and I have my life back. This case could have turned out much differently and I am grateful that I had this trusted attorney on my side." - Juan