Patrick J. Rocks: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Patrick J. Rocks

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Education
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Professional Services
  • Public Sector
University Loyola University, B.A. with honors, 1980
Law SchoolJohn Marshall Law School, J.D., with highest distinction, 1985
Admitted2005, U.S. Supreme Court; 2005, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1985, Illinois; 1985, Illinois - N.D. Ill.; 2012, Illinois - S.D. Ill.; 2014, Indiana - S.D. Ind.

Professional Associations and Activities

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Council of School Attorneys
Illinois State Bar Association
National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys


Patrick Rocks is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He served as the General Counsel to the Chicago Board of Education, the third largest school district in the country, from 2005 to 2012.

During his tenure at the Chicago Board of Education, Mr. Rocks counseled and represented the Board and its senior management in a wide range of matters. He also managed the Board's Department of Law which includes 45 attorneys and the Board's risk management, records retention, internal investigations and insurance programs.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Rocks served as the First Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago's Law Department. As First Assistant, he was the second highest official in the Law Department and assisted in the management of over 250 City attorneys assigned to twelve practice groups.

From 1993 to 2002, Mr. Rocks served as the Chief of Employment Litigation in the City's Labor Division and later as Deputy of the Employment Litigation Division. In those roles, he managed a team of attorneys engaged in the defense of claims under section 42 U.S.C. 1983, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act and Illinois statutory and common law. The section 1983 claims included first amendment retaliation and religious freedom claims, fourth amendment claims, and fourteenth amendment claims, including equal protection and due process property and liberty claims.

In particular, Mr. Rocks represented the City in consent decree and class action litigation involving selection procedures in the City's police and fire departments. Mr. Rocks has counseled clients on the development and validation of numerous selection procedures including selections for positions in the City's police and fire departments and for teachers and principals in the Chicago Public Schools.

Mr. Rocks has substantial experience in the development and defense of municipal affirmative action programs, including the successful defense of affirmative action promotions in the Chicago Fire Department and the development of a race-neutral student assignment system following the vacation of the long-standing school desegregation consent decree in United States v. Board of Education.


December 10, 2014

Chicago City Council Adopts Higher Minimum Wage for Chicago Employers

December 10, 2014

An amendment to the Chicago Municipal Code establishes a minimum wage for employees of businesses operating facilities located within the City of Chicago that is higher than the Illinois minimum wage.The current minimum wage established by the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (“IMWL”) is $8.25 per hour. The Chicago Minimum Wage

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Patrick J. Rocks

150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2500
ChicagoIL 60601


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