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

Patrick J. Rocks

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone(312) 787-4949

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Civil Rights Law
University Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., with honors, 1976
Law SchoolThe John Marshall Law School, J.D., with highest honors, 1985
Admitted1985, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 2012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

bar & professional association memberships
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Council of School Attorneys
National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys


Patrick Rocks is a Shareholder in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Rocks served as the General Counsel to the Chicago Board of Education, the third largest school district in the country, from 2005 to 2012. In that capacity, he counseled and represented the Board and its senior management in a wide range of matters. Mr. Rocks 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.

Mr. Rocks obtained a B.A degree with Honors from Loyola University of Chicago in 1980 and a Juris Doctor degree with highest honors from The John Marshall Law School in 1985. His Martindale peer review rating is AV- Preeminent.

Mr. Rocks is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Bar & Professional Association Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Council of School Attorneys

National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys


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Patrick J. Rocks

150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2500
ChicagoIL 60601


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