Ariel A. Rodriguez (born November 8, 1947) is a former judge for the Courts of New Jersey including an acting Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (Judge of the Appellate Division, Temporarily Assigned to the Supreme Court).
Rodriguez was born in Cuba in 1947. A graduated from Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law – Camden, He worked at Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office from 1973 to 1976, after which he formed a law partnership and legal courses part-time at Hudson County Community College. He was named counsel to the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in 1984.
Governor of New Jersey Thomas H. Kean nominated Rodríguez to the New Jersey Superior Court, taking the oath of office on December 5, 1985. Rodríguez sat on the Hudson Vicinage at the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City until September 1, 1993 in the family and civil and criminal divisions. He was re-nominated, with tenure, by Governor Jim Florio in 1992. He later sat on the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
Rodriguez was appointed Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the Surpreme Court in 2012 during a period of controversy and conflict with the New Jersey Senate about the composition about its composition. He sat from October 1, 2012 to June 2014, after which he retired.