- Complex Business Litigation
- Class Action Defense
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
- Government & Civil Rights
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8390|
|University ||Emory University, B.A., summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, Harry S. Truman Scholar|
|Law School||University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude|
|Admitted||1992, 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|
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
|Born||Santa 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” commercial matters, as well as in high-profile public policy and governmental disputes. Rocco has also served as a special assistant attorney general.
Sutherland represents all start-up charter schools in City of Atlanta against Atlanta Public School System.
Sutherland represents the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives in statewide challenge to education funding.
Sutherland represents State of Georgia, State Board of Education and State School Superintendent in challenge to state's public school funding laws.
Awards and Rankings
Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2012-2015)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of education law (2007-2015)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2006-2015)
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A Band-Aid Remedy?: New TCPA Rules for the Healthcare Industry
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Rocco E. Testani,Lewis S. Wiener, August 12, 2015
Companies in the healthcare industry, along with virtually every consumer-facing business, are adjusting to the impacts of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) July 10, 2015 Order resolving more than 20 petitions seeking clarification of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....
Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, April 9, 2015
We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On April 1, 2015, in his remarks before the Association of...
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