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.
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)