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Robert J. Rock

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Robert

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Bob came to Tully Rinckey PLLC with over three decades of legal experience. He joined the team after running his own general practice firm in Albany for a dozen years. Throughout his 30-plus-year legal career, Bob has always practiced law in the Capital Region.

Bob has significant experience in both state and federal courts fighting for clients in the civil litigation arena. His experience includes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. When Tully Rinckey PLLC’s clients believe they have been wronged by the action or inaction of another party, they may be entitled to sue for damages. Clients may also find themselves being sued and in need of the kind of proactive defense provided by Bob and the Tully Rinckey PLLC civil litigation team. Together, their experience includes disputes between individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and the full range of legal entities. Bob and the team can provide aggressive representation to any of these parties to secure the best possible legal outcome for them. 

A long-time ally of distressed and insolvent businesses and individuals throughout New York’s Capital Region, Bob has been expanding Tully Rinckey PLLC’s bankruptcy practice, particularly in the areas of Chapter 11 (business) and Chapter 12 (farm) reorganization. He continues the firm’s tradition of representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings and bankruptcy litigation. At the firm, he provides free initial bankruptcy consultations.

Bob has successfully confirmed Chapter 11 plans in diverse cases, including a rural Delaware County acute care hospital, a swimming pool builder and water park developer, a major printing company and an ante-bellum ladder manufacturer. He has also represented creditors committees in a Broome County and Pennsylvania baker, a mid-Hudson building products supplier and a consortium of banks in a case involving a purported investment company behind a massive Ponzi scheme. Bob has represented secured and unsecured creditors as well as Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees in virtually every aspect of bankruptcy.

Bob received a juris doctorate from Albany Law School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from LeMoyne College. His admissions include the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Tully Rinckey, PLLC
441 New Karner Road
Albany, NY, 12205

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Posted by Kiera | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
By Far the most compasionate attorney to deal with
Mr. Rock handled a loss mitigation for me with a very difficult lender and took all of the embarrassment away. His approach to this matter was calm and well thought out. I always felt that he had my best interests in mind. Such a great attorney to work with!
Posted by LInda | November 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Right Lawyer Equals Justice For Life
I have had occasion to work with dozens of lawyers over the years dealing with such matters as inheritance, real estate and business issues. One lesson I have internalized is that the right attorney makes a major impact on whether or not you will achieve your legal goals. Mr. Robert J Rock is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is a brilliant, no nonsense, results-producing winner! Due to Mr. Rock's superb legal mind and comprehension of American Jurisprudence I not only prevailed against my foes but triumphed. Keeping the time clock running made all the difference in the outcome of my game plan. Thanks Mr. Rock! I am a client for life!
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Robert J Rock
  • 2000 - 2012
  • Partner
  • DeGraf, Foy, Holt-Harris & Mealey
  • 1990 - 1999
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  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • LeMoyne College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • C-TC 9th Ave Partnership v Norton Company
  • Dismissal of the Chapter 11 was upheld with the Court finding that a dissolved NY parternship was not eligible for relief.


  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy law and Procdure in New York
  • Litigation in Bankruptcy Court
  • 2003
  • Creditors' Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy
  • Insuring that a Security Agreement and Financing Statement are Valid
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Collection Law From Start to Finish
  • Bankruptcy Considerations
  • 2015
  • Representing the Pro Bono Debtor Under BAPCPA
  • Representing the Pro Bono Debtor Under BAPCPA
  • 2014
  • FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment
  • Impact of Bankruptcy Stay on Collecting Judgments
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (13)
Endorse Robert
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert not only provides his clients with a sense of extreme competency, he also demonstrates great compassion to his clients during a very anxious time in their lives."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bob is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. He has a wealth of knowledge and is an experienced and skilled litigator and negotiator. I strongly endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rock is an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience. He is highly attentive to detail and truly cares about each and every client."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bob Rock, Esq. is tremendously competent and Client focused!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rock is a very capable and ethical attorney with respect for clients of diverse backgrounds. He is an excellent practitioner."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Rock has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of Bankruptcy Law. He is a strong advocate for his clients when working with other Lawyers and in Court. I highly recommend Mr. Rock."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Rock is a knowledgeable and well-respected advocate. He zealously pursues the rights of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an excellent attorney with long experience in bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob Rock is one of the most experienced and ethical attorneys I have worked with. In the complex area of Bankruptcy law, that is precisely what a client needs. Bob's knowledge and guidance are indispensable as is the personal care he gives his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer, for Bankruptcy matters, but also for many other areas of law. He is knowledgeable and supportive of other attorneys, and is a true asset to the profession."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney. We are currently colleagues at Tully Rinckey PLLC, where Bob serves effectively and passionately in a leadership role. Before joining Tully Rinckey, on several occasions Bob and I were opposing counsel on bankruptcy matters. Bob always conducted himself professionally, ethically and with respect for opposing counsel. At all times he was prepared and well educated on the matter at hand. Bob continues to practice in this manner without exception."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Robert is well rounded attorney with an array of knowledge and expertise in different practice areas. I've had the opportunity to work under Robert for some time now and he displays all the characteristics and traits you would want in a leader and mentor."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Rock is both an excellent practitioner and a compassionate leader. His commitment to client results and subject matter expertise are unmatched. Bob cares about his subordinates and works to make the office environment successful and hospitable to ensure happy lawyers and happier clients. I give Bob my highest endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I Have had the honor of having Bob as a colleague, a mentor and a friend. I wholeheartedly endorse Bob to any client in need of zealous and aggressive representation."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"One of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and an even better person. We are lucky to have Mr. Rock as our managing partner here in Albany, NY. Without hesitation, I endorse Mr. Rock."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"A skilled practitioner and a wonderful guy! I endorse Bob and recommend him enthusiastically."
Military law Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Rock's sage experience and keen expertise makes him a passionate leader and strong mentor at our firm. He is dedicated to the profession and it is demonstrated by his determination to always secure the best possible outcome for all of his various clients. I highly recommend Mr. Rock"
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Rock is an exceptional attorney and manager. Mr. Rock's experience and work ethic will provide added value for any client."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob is one of the premier Bankruptcy attorneys in upstate NY. He possess invaluable commercial litigation experience. He is also a seasoned litigator and, just as important, a great negotiator. One of the most respected attorneys in his field; I highly recommend him."
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