As Chief Counsel to the PLCB, Rodrigo Diaz leads a team of attorneys and staff that advises the PLCB in the review and resolution of legal matters impacting the agency. The office renders opinions upon the legality and propriety of statutes, rules and regulations relating to the possession, manufacture, sale, consumption and transportation of alcohol within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Since Rod joined the PLCB in 1992, he has served as assistant counsel, legislative counsel and deputy chief counsel. From 2008 through early 2016, Rod served as executive deputy chief counsel, directly overseeing all legal functions in the agency.
During his career, Rod has represented the PLCB before numerous tribunals, including Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, involving significant issues like liquid fuels and alcohol sales by supermarkets. Rod has been instrumental in drafting PLCB regulations and representing the agency before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. Rod has drafted numerous legislative proposals ultimately enacted into law and has provided testimony in legislative hearings involving the beer distribution system.
Rod has served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where he taught liquor licensing matters, and he has planned and moderated panels for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA).
Rod is a cum laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Yale.
Rod lives in Carlisle with his wife, Sara Meng, PhD, and he can still outrun his sons, Christopher and Elijah, if they give him a big enough head start.