Jason W. Rockwell concentrates his practice on complex, high stakes, civil trial and appellate litigation, including commercial disputes, class actions, products liability, toxic and mass torts, environmental, and consumer fraud litigation. Mr. Rockwell is often called upon to develop and execute aggressive litigation strategies to resolve disputes prior to discovery and trial consistent with clients' business interests. Representative clients include a large metropolitan municipality, leading construction management companies, food manufacturers, defense contractors, chemical companies, telecommunications companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, nutritional supplement companies and a major research university.
Mr. Rockwell is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including investigating claims, drafting and responding to pleadings, discovery, and motions, managing electronic and paper document collection, review, and production, conducting and defending depositions, working with expert witnesses, and trial preparation, with a particular expertise in appeals and complex motion practice. Mr. Rockwell has represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, state appellate courts in New Jersey and New York, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, and several federal and state trial courts.
Since 2009, Mr. Rockwell has been included in the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list five times. Mr. Rockwell also serves as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Appellate Practice Special Committee, Class Actions Special Committee, and Pro Bono Standing Committee.
•Defended the City of New York and dozens of contractors in than 10,000 cases alleging exposure to contaminants following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Led the drafting of threshold dispositive motions and interlocutory appeal to the Second Circuit seeking immunity for disaster response and recovery efforts. Led the drafting and filing of all dispositive motions, including approximately sixty summary judgment motions in “bellwether” cases. Led drafting of briefing in successful appeal challenging district court's interpretation of and interference with parties' aggregate settlement. Conducted and defended dozens of depositions of plaintiffs, client-employees, treating physicians, and other witnesses.
•Successfully defended the City of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a putative class action alleging that the City engaged in an inadequate effort to recover victims' remains during the rescue and recovery following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in violation of the U.S. Constitution and New York law. Obtained dismissal of plaintiffs' claims in the district court and affirmance of the dismissal from the Second Circuit. Opposed Plaintiffs' unsuccessful Petition for Writ of Certiorari.
•Successfully opposed plaintiffs' appeal of denial of motion to file late notice of claim in the New York Appellate Division. Obtained decision holding that federal Air Transportation Safety, System and Stabilization Act does not preempt notice of claim requirements under New York state law.
•Represent defense contractor in putative class action alleging claims under Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act arising from client's provision of military training in connection with foreign conflict.
•Obtained decision from the Second Circuit reversing and vacating anti-suit injunction and directing dismissal of underlying complaint. Successfully opposed Petition for Writ of Certiorari.
•Advised marine transportation company on immunity and other defenses to claims relating to company's fireboat response to Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire.
•Represent manufacturer of food products in complex commercial dispute arising from customer's recall of consumer products.
•Defend medical services provider against putative class action in federal court (and in related federal multi-district litigation) for injuries and deaths allegedly resulting from use of prescription medical device.
•Represent manufacturer of food products against claims of fraud and breach of warranty arising from alleged mislabeling of product.
•Conduct internal investigation and liability assessment for major research university.
•Member of trial team that successfully represented Plaintiff in environmental indemnification action in federal court in New Jersey relating to the cleanup of the Lower Passaic River.
•Participated in drafting and submission of amicus brief to the Third Circuit arguing that New Jersey law prohibiting state-licensed therapists from conducting sexual orientation therapy on minors does not violate Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution.
•Obtained decision from the Third Circuit reversing district court order finding waiver of privilege and requiring production of clients' privileged documents.
•Obtained decision from the D.C. Circuit vacating order requiring consulting expert to turn over privileged and confidential documents.
Mr. Rockwell is committed to providing pro bono representation.
•He successfully represented a mother and her minor child pro bono in their appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn an order granting the petition of the child's abusive father's to remove the child from her home in the United States under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. The Third Circuit reversed the lower court order and directed dismissal of father's petition.
•Mr. Rockwell has also represented veterans appealing the denial of benefits to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims and children in immigration proceedings. He has also handled appeals on behalf of indigent defendants in conjunction with the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.
•Mr. Rockwell also represented several members of New Jersey's Congressional Delegation in connection with a successful appeal involving the state's use of paperless electronic voting machines. Mr. Rockwell was awarded an official Citation by the New Jersey Legislature for his pro bono work in support of verified voting.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to Edwards Wildman, Jason was a partner in the New Jersey office of Patton Boggs LLP and prior to that, an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. Before entering private practice, Jason served as a law clerk to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and to the Honorable James J. Petrella in the New Jersey Appellate Division.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Outside of the office, Jason enjoys spending time his wife Natalie and newborn baby girl, Emily Ruth. Jason enjoys traveling and is an avid scuba diver. Jason also is huge fan of Rutgers Scarlet Knights football, New York Rangers hockey, and New York Mets baseball and enjoys attending games with his family. Jason is also a Lead New Jersey fellow, an organization that brings together successful professionals from New Jersey businesses, government, and non-profits to educate, empower and engage them to create systemic change addressing New Jersey's most challenging issues.
Edwards Wildman Expands Litigation Capabilities with Addition of Five Partners and One Counsel
June 5, 2014 (Also at Morristown, New Jersey Office)