John C. Rooker

John C. Rooker: Attorney with Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough A Professional Corporation AV stamp icon
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25 years experience providing clients with aggressive, effective representation tempered by an understanding of the personal and financial costs associated with adversarial dispute resolution.

Represents individuals, businesses and governmental entities throughout the Mountain West in administrative, arbitral and judicial proceedings involving all manner of ordinary and complex business, commercial, contract, construction, real estate development, and real property disputes. He has represented clients in industries such as construction, direct sales, internet service providers, manufacturing, real estate development, and retail and wholesale distribution. His representation of those clients has involved breach of contract claims, application and enforcement of restrictive covenants (in employment, franchise, direct sales distributor agreements, etc.), title defect and title insurance coverage disputes, allegations of unfair competition, allegations of mismanagement, embezzlement and/or breaches of fiduciary duties by partners, directors and majority shareholders, etc.

Counsels small (including startup) and mid-sized companies in each of the aforementioned industries, in a variety of transactional matters, including: entity formation, asset purchases, stock purchases, distribution contracts, manufacturing contracts, and various joint venture agreements.

Represents clients in all aspects of contested and uncontested domestic/family litigation, with a special emphasis in representing clients in cases involving the valuation and division of closely held companies.

Recognized by Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2004 - 2013


•2009-Present: Shareholder, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC; Member, Board of Directors (2015-Present); Commercial Practice Group Leader (2010-Present).
•2004-2009: Partner, Rooker Rawlins LLP, Salt Lake City, Utah.
•1994-2004: Partner, Hanks, Rooker & Denning P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah
•1993-1994: Associate, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware.


•AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012-Present.
•Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2013-Present.
•Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2004 - 2009, 2011, 2013-2015.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Litigation
  • Administrative Advocacy
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competitive Issues
  • Direct Sales
  • Domestic and Family Law
  • General Counsel Services
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
801.534.7216  Phone
University Attended:
Brigham Young University, B.A., 1990; Member of the staff and Managing Board of Editors, Executive Editor; Executive Editor and Member, Board of Managing Editors, 1992-1993, BYU Journal of Public Law, Stewart L. Grow Scholar, 1992-1993
Law School Attended:
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Provo, Utah, J.D., cum laude, 1993; of the BYU Journal of Public Law, 1991-1993, John Welch Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, 1993, Staff Member, 1991-1992
Year of First Admission:
1994, Utah; 1994, U.S. District Court, District of Utah


Utah State Bar (Member, Litigation Section)

Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court


Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (23 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 01/30/13 in Litigation

    Very responsive and great on his feet in court.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 01/28/13 in Litigation

    John is a bright lawyer and an effective advocate for his clients.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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