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During the 1960's, we witnessed for the first time, citizens fighting back against government overreaching and unfairness. Neil Rockind was born on September 6, 1968, at the height of those tumultuous times in Detroit, Michigan. He received his education from Bloomfield Hills Andover High School (Class of 1986); the University of Michigan (Bachelor of General Studies, 1990); and, Wayne State University Law School (Juris Doctor, 1993).


Rockind's talents as a trial lawyer were honed during his tenure as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, one of the most famous prosecutor's offices in the country. Rockind was an assistant prosecutor from 1993 to 1997 and handled thousands of criminal cases, many of which resulted in jury trials. Due to both his record and his ferocity, Rockind gained the moniker, "the Rockweiler." His career as a prosecutor was chronicled in profile articles that appeared in several local newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press and the Oakland Press.


As a prosecutor, Rockind quickly became a special prosecutor, the title given to prosecutors who were specifically assigned to handle complex and high profile cases.  As a special prosecutor, he handled the most complex and high profile cases in the office, including but not limited to People v Kevorkian (the prosecution of famed assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian), People v Horton (the prosecution of a pastor charged with taking clandestine videotapes of his parishioners in the bathrooms of his church) and People v Mayhew (a groundbreaking vehicular homicide case). Rockind also prosecuted many high level drug dealers, including one of the few cases resulting from an Oakland County Citizen's Grand Jury indictment.


In 1997, Rockind made a change:  he pursued a career as a criminal defense lawyer.   In private practice, Rockind has handled countless high profile cases. He was the legal commentator for WDIV (NBC) and had a recurring role on a legal news series for WJBK (Fox 2).  


He has represented clients in matters ranging from drunk driving to complex federal cases. He has represented lead defendants in cases involving no notoriety whatsoever and others, such as the infamous Basketbrawl (Piston v Pacer) assault case (in which he obtained the only dismissal) and the investigation into noted attorney Geoffrey Nels Fieger, that have garnered national media attention.   

Neil Rockind is/has been a member of the Michigan State Bar, New York State Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, National College of District Attorneys (past member) and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (past member). He is a member of the Criminal Defense section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is also on the Regional Advisory Board of the Anti Defamation League and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force - Michigan Chapter.


He was named one of Michigan's Mover's and Shakers by 944 Magazine and profiled in the October, 2009 Edition of the magazine.  He was also selected as one of Michigan's SuperLaywers for 2009 through 2015 , an honor bestowed upon only 5% of the lawyers practicing in the state.  Super Lawyers Magazine named him among the Top 100 lawyers in Michigan and in 2013 and 2014, he was named among the Top 50 lawyers handling cases for individuals.  He was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association, received the Distinguished Service Award by Oakland County and a DBusiness Top Lawyer by DBussiness Magazine.  In 2015, Rockind earned a the coveted "Leader in the Law" award from the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly.  He was also named among the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  He has lectured to lawyers, police officers and citizens regarding current issues in law.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

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Attorney Endorsements

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  • Andrew John Hubbs

    Neil is a superb lawyer and represents an ideal that all attorneys should strive to emulate. I endorse this lawyer.

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  • Joseph A. Lavigne

    Neil Rockind is simply one of the best attorneys in the field. He is bright, well prepared, respected and does an outstanding job for his clients. He is the kind of attorney you want by your side when the chips are down.

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    Joseph Lavigne Criminal Defense Attorney
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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing199306/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in MI, 2011

    updated

    Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leaders in the LawMichigan Lawyer's Weekly2015
Among The Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 10National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 (Consumer) LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Top Lawyersdbusiness2014
Leading Lawyer - DUILeading Lawyers Network2014
Criminal DefenseLegals Finest2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100Super Lawyers2012
Best of DetroitHour Magazine2011
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2011
EndorsementMarijuana Policy Project2010
Detroit's Movers and Shakers944 Magazine2009
Detroit's Hottest LawyerSix Degrees Magazine2008
Distinguished Service AwardOakland County Prosecutor's Office1997
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalNeil Rockind, P.C.2001 - Present
AttorneyFried, Saperstein, Abbatt & Rockind, P.C.1997 - 2001
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyOakland County Prosecutor's Office1993 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Cannabis Patients UnitedMember2011 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Marijuana Patients OrganizationBoard Member2010 - Present
Friends of the IDFBoard Member2009 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember2007 - Present
Anti Defamation LeagueBoard Member - Regional Advisory Board2005 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Michigan v PrendiAcquittal
Michigan v Charles JeromeAcquittal -- Not Guilty
Troy v DabashNot Guilty

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan, Ann ArborN/ABachelor of General Studies2000
Wayne State UniversityN/AJuris Doctorate1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Summer ConferenceThe Devil Is In The Details: How To Preserve The Record And Win At Trial2013
Symposium on Marijuana Legalization and Medical Marijuana DecriminalizationMedical Marijuana2012
Seminar on Medical Marijuana and Psychology, Treaters and TherapistsMedical Marijuana Defense2012
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationRepresenting High School and College Age Students In Criminal Cases2012
Spring Conference, Advanced Trial SkillsExpert Witneses2011
SeminarDefending Medical Marijuana Cases2011
Oakland County Bar AssociationDefending Medical Marijuana Cases2011
League of Women Voters ForumMedical Marijuana2011
Continuing Legal Education SeriesDefending Medical Marijuana Cases2011
Speakers BureauI Didn't Make It In Hollywood, But I'm Great in Front of a Jury2010
The Police Adacemy - Criminal Law UpdateCriminal Law Update1997

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