Rocco E. Testani: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Rocco E. Testani

Rocco E. Testani

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Education
  • Government & Civil Rights
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8390
University Emory University, B.A., summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, Harry S. Truman Scholar
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Admitted1992, Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Trial and Appellate Courts Georgia

Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Federalist Society
Member, Law and Judiciary Committee, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Member, State Bar of Georgia/Georgia Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Electronic Discovery
Chairman of the Board, Reach for Excellence, Marist School
Past Chairman of the Board, Catholic Charities Atlanta
Past Chairman of the Board, Christ the King School

BornSanta Maria, California, April 24, 1967

Rocco Testani is co-leader of the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation team and head of the firm's Education, Government and Civil Rights team. He has represented state and local government officials across the nation in school finance matters, including education funding and adequacy litigation. Rocco also represents clients in litigation ranging from complex business disputes to civil rights and constitutional law cases.

Over the past 20 years, Rocco has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts, in Georgia and other states. He has a broad range of experience in many types of cases including “bet the company” business litigation matters, as well as in high-profile public policy and governmental disputes. Rocco has also served as a special assistant attorney general.

Selected Experience

Represents the Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives and State Board of Education in an ongoing statewide challenge to Florida's $19 billion K-12 public school funding system.
Won a judgment, affirmed on appeal, against the Atlanta Public School system in favor of all start-up charter schools in the city, challenging the decision to withhold millions of dollars in funding to pay down the system's unfunded pension liability.
Represented the State of Georgia, Board of Education and School Superintendent in a challenge to the state's public school funding laws, which was dismissed by plaintiffs prior to trial.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of commercial litigation (2015)

Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2012-2016)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of education law (2007-2016)


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Challenges Mount to FCC's July 2015 TCPA Order
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, December 1, 2015
Accusing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of abdicating its responsibility to clarify areas of uncertainty under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and muddying the already murky waters of the TCPA, more than a dozen parties have filed appeals challenging the FCC’s July...

Party Line: Third Circuit Issues Expansive Interpretation of Right to Sue Under the TCPA
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, October 26, 2015
Interpreting broadly the scope of standing to bring suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that even an unintended recipient of an automated call is within “the zone of interests protected by the law” and has...

Invalidation of Georgia Garnishment Statute - Now What?
Thomas M. Byrne,Rocco E. Testani, October 13, 2015
On September 8, 2015, a federal district court invalidated a portion of the Georgia post-judgment garnishment statute in Strickland v. Alexander, No. 1:12-CV-02735-MHS (N.D. Ga.).

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Rocco E. Testani

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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