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          John Rooney was born and raised in Philadelphia. After graduating from Temple University with a B.A. in Sociology, John spent two years working with AmericaCorps, to engage students in urban Philadelphia schools; in 2005 -2006 with City Year Philadelphia, and in 2006-2007 as a teacher at the Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School. As part of that work, John organized community service projects and developed a class that uses hip-hop music and other urban art forms to encourage students to be aware of the problems in their communities and to be active in solving those problems.

            At the University of Pittsburgh School of law, John earned the Murray S. Love Award as the top finisher in the school’s Mock Trial competition, and after that he participated in the National Trial Competition hosted by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was also awarded by the school a Certificate in Civil Litigation. During his summers in law school, John worked as legal extern for the Honorable Judge Glynnis D. Hill of the First Judicial District Court of Common Pleas, as a legal intern for Max Kennerly at The Beasley Firm and as al Law Clerk at the Delaware Law Firm of Kimmel, Cater, Roman & Peltz, PA.

            Following graduation from law school, and passing the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar exams, John immediately started his own law practice. John is the founder and managing partner of The Law Office of John F. Rooney, V. The Law Office of John F. Rooney, V practices in the areas of Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation (plaintiff & defense) as well as Business (Business and non profit formation and organization, contract drafting and review, small business mergers and acquisitions, and advisement). In addition to serving as the managing partner of The Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, John also serves a pro bono attorney for the Democratic City Committee of Philadelphia, focusing on providing pro bono legal services to low-income constituents. John also serves a pro bono trial counsel for the Democratic Committee of Delaware County.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Business: 10%



Hourly ($100-250/hour), contingent (15-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Christopher J. Heavens

    I have been a practicing trial attorney for over 20 years. What I have found in my 20 plus years of litigation experience is that attorneys rarely fail because of a lack of intelligence. When they fail, it is usually because of a lack of will, work ethic and competitive spirit. They don't teach those things in law school. You either have them or you don't. John Rooney has them and that is why I am endorsing him. John is a smart, fiercely competitive attorney whose primary focus is on winning and not on making money. Too many lawyers have a primary focus on making money, failing to understand that money will take care of itself if you put your heart and your soul into your work. I know there are a lot of self-promoters out there in the legal community and it is difficult for the public to sort through what is real and what is not real. If you meet John Rooney, you will see that what I have said about him is real.


    Christopher Heavens Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Maxwell Steed Kennerly

    20% of a trial lawyer's work on a case produces 80% of the results. The trick for a lawyer is knowing which issues to focus on, and John instinctively knows how to cut to the chase, focusing on the real issues in the case and the most persuasive way to present them. I've referred multiple clients to John (both people charged with crimes and people in civil litigation) and have heard nothing but praise. I've told people to hire him over whole teams of lawyers at big, prominent firms — because he will produce the same or better results at a far more reasonable price.


    Maxwell Kennerly Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19130


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Murray S. Love Mock Trial AwardUniversity Of Pittsburgh - School of Law2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of John F. Rooney, V2011 - Present
Law ClerkKimmel, Carter, Roman & Peltz, P.C.2009 - 2009
Certified Legal InternSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid Society2008 - 2009
Law Clerk to The Honorable Judge Glynnis D. HillFirst Judicial District Of Pennsylvania2008 - 2008
Community Projects Coordinator - Americorps VolunteerYouthBuild Charter School2006 - 2007
Americorps VolunteerCity Year Greater Philadelphia2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Philadelphia County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005