A native of Cleburne, Texas, Rocky Walton received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, Juris Doctor (J.D.) from St. Mary's Law School and a Master of Law degree (LL.M.) from Southern Methodist University Law School. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers of America, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Bar Association, Arlington Bar Association, and other professional and community organizations. He is currently on the board of directors of the Arlington Bar Association.
Since 1995, Roger "Rocky" Walton has been a board certified specialist in the area of Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only 2.2% of Texas attorneys are certified in this area. To be board certified in the program created and sponsored by the Supreme Court of Texas, Attorneys are required to demonstrate special competence by passing rigorous requirements pertaining to character, legal knowledge and experience. Attorneys must also receive the approval of judges and their peers.
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble
Rocky Walton, and the Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C., are rated AV. This is the highest rating assigned by Martindale-Hubble, which is "very high to preeminent." According to that company, the AV rating "Shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity." Martindale-Hubble is the leading authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession.
Rocky has dedicated over 20 years of personal injury trial law practice to the cause of winning compensation for the victims of wrongdoers. This compensation helps restore the independence and dignity of his clients and their families, while holding wrongdoers responsible for their negligent conduct. As a negotiator and litigator, Rocky is often innovative, calling on his years of experience, propensity for extensive research and his ability to find and use remote theories of law. Through jury verdicts and settlements, his firm commands the respect of many insurance companies and their attorneys throughout the state.
State Bar College of Texas
For many years, Rocky Walton has been a member of the State Bar College of Texas. The purpose of this organization is to recognize lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by significant voluntary participation in continuing legal education, at least double the amount required of lawyers.
A Top Attorney in Tarrant County
Rocky Walton has been named as a "Top Attorney in Tarrant County" by the Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Nominees were selected by a survey the magazine sent to over 3,000 Tarrant County attorneys who voted on the county's top attorneys in various practice areas. Rocky was selected as a Top Attorney in Plaintiff's Personal Injury.
Arlington City Council
The Law Offices of Roger "Rocky" Walton embody the spirit and principles of the man who is an advocate for the people in both his legal and personal endeavors. Rocky Walton fights as passionately and as thoroughly for his legal clients as he did for the Arlington residents he represented for two terms on the City Council during the 1990's. Legal and political foes alike have termed him "tenacious, diligent, well prepared and hard working." Mr. Walton believes in giving back to his community and in addition to serving on the City Council, spent 3-1/2 years on the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. Included in his many civic honors is the American Heart Association's Legislator of the Year award.
Rocky Walton (center), of Arlington City Council and Arlington Sports Development Authority, with Tom Scheifer (left), Texas Rangers General Manager, and George Bush (right), Managing Partner of Texas Rangers. This was the ceremony when the home plate of Arlington Stadium was moved to the new Ballpark in Arlington.
Rocky lived in Cleburne until the age 12, when his family moved to Fort Worth so his father could attend business school. Rocky was taking lessons on the steel guitar and standard guitar and began teaching guitar lessons by age 15. Rocky taught guitar lessons to children and adults while he was attending high school and college, much of the time having over 100 students each week. During high school, Rocky also played guitar for a teen rock and roll band called "The Intruders." They played at teen parties and venues.
When Rocky was in the tenth grade he read his father's Business Law book and loved it. That year he announced to his speech class during a presentation that he would become a lawyer and politician, which later came true.
During college, Rocky married his college sweetheart, Sharon Woodring. They are still happily married.
While in law school, Rocky clerked at law firms and worked his way through law school with the help of student loans. After finishing law school with a J.D., Rocky decided to get an advanced law degree from SMU Law School in taxation and securities. Approximately 2% of Texas lawyers have advanced law degrees (LL.M.) in any area of law.
After practicing tax and securities law for one and one half years with an eight lawyer firm, Rocky decided to go out on his own and broaden his practice. Rocky shared office space with several lawyers in Arlington and accepted various types of cases, including personal injury. Of all the people that Rocky enjoyed helping in his practice, he enjoyed helping injury victims and their families the most. In 1986, he decided to only accept wrongful death and personal injury cases. The practice of his law firm is still limited to those areas.
In the 1980s, Rocky was president of his homeowners association and was appointed to the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. In 1990, Rocky was elected at large to the Arlington City Council and served two terms, when his law practice demanded more of his time. At that time, Rocky decided to go through the difficult and time consuming board certification process. In 1995 he received his certification in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been re-certified three times since then, which is every 5 years.
In 2004, the law firm relocated to the current site in the new and unique Heritage Rock Building on Interstate 20. This is only the third location that Rocky has practiced in law since 1975 and Rocky says he expects to practice at this same location for another 10 to 15 years.
Rocky still enjoys playing guitar in a band with friends, playing old rock and roll favorites from the 1950's and 1960's. The band is a ten piece band called Johnny D & the Doo Wopps. The band plays about 1 or 2 times a month, usually for private parties.
Rocky says that his favorite loves are being with all his family, practicing law and playing music.
(Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)
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