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John Francis Rooney V

Criminal defense Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   17 reviews

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Drugs, Guns, all Criminal Defense matters.

  2. Personal injury
    Car accidents. motorcycle accidents. trucking accidents. Slip and fall accidents. Construction accidents. Construct Animal and dog bite.

  3. DUI and DWI

  4. Car accident

  5. Employment and labor
    Fair Labor Standards Act. Failure to Pay Overtime. Wage and Hour Litigation.

  6. Slip and fall accident

At the Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, we help people in trouble. Simply put, we solve problems. Due to a desire to defend and pursue the rights of individuals in need, John Rooney started his own law firm directly out of law school. John surrounded himself with a number of experienced trial lawyers to serve as mentors in the fields of criminal litigation and personal injury and set out on a mission to become a distinguished and accomplished trial lawyer.

Today, at the Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, we defend the rights of individuals who are facing criminal prosecution in federal and state courts and pursue the rights of individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others. Additionally, we fight for the rights of workers who have been wronged by their employer.

At the Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, we handle a range of criminal litigation matters, including DUI/DWI charges, drug violations and gun charges, assaults, shootings and violent crimes. John F. Rooney, V’s civil lawsuit experience means we are also a highly effective personal injury firm that is able to achieve maximum financial verdicts and settlement for those who have been injured as the result of the negligence of others.

If you or a loved one has a problem that needs solving, contact The Law Office of John F. Rooney for a free and confidential consultation. We are trial lawyers that handle lawsuits in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester counties.

Licensed for 11 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/01/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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John Francis Rooney V
2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19130


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Angela | June 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best
I found myself in trouble with some DUI issues and felt hopeless after talking with a PD. I knew I needed help fast and needed the best. I started searching online for a lawyer and thru a miracle of God I came across John Rooney. He stood out to me among all others so I met with him for a consultation and immediately knew he was the one I wanted to hire. He made me feel hopeful and safe and at ease. I knew I was in good hands with him by my side. John strategically worked non-stop to give me the best defense possible. John is respected, determined, professional, incredibly smart and extremely knowledgeable within his field. He was easy to talk to, he is upfront and honest, sincere and he prepares you for everything you need to know and works hard to win your case. He was always a call away-always available for any questions I may have had. John Rooney did wonders for me and I am beyond thrilled with my outcome. John you are Simply the Best. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you as my lawyer. You saved my life and I will be eternally grateful for everything you did for me! Anyone looking for a top notch, class act, down to earth, affordable and driven defense lawyer—look no further— Philadelphia Lawyer John Rooney is your Man for the win! I highly recommend him to anybody needing legal help. He’s the only lawyer I’ll ever call!
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Posted by Sue | June 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Rooney was thoughtful and considerate. He did an amazing job with my case. He took time to review facts and make sure I had the defense I needed to present my case.
Posted by Lisa | November 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Philadelphia lawyer
I hired John after he was recommended to me by a colleague. He was able to see me in a timely manner and made me feel I was in smart capable hands and my legal problem would be solved as long as I did the steps he laid out for me. He is very good in the courtroom and was always on top of everything with the legal issue. In the end it all worked all very well for me. I would definitely hire him again if the need arises-hopefully it will not!!
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Response from John Rooney December 4, 2018
Lisa, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm really happy we were able to favorably resolve this matter for you. It was a pleasure working with you! -John
Posted by Francis | March 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Lawyer John Francis Rooney V......
John F. Rooney is a very honest professional with high morals and principles. It was so simple to communicate with him, he answered all my questions & concerns regaurding my case. Very affordable. Just a comfortable experience as a whole whether it be your first offense or one of many. I recommend for sure!
Posted by Corey | November 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased with Results
John did an great job for me when I was struggling after a major setback. I received a settlement that helped me to support my family and my business.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
In good hands
John handled (and won) my personal injury case/accident. The entire process was very easy once John stepped in, his professionalism and knowledge of current law made me feel like I was in good hands. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Bryan | July 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, knowledgeable, courteous but most importantly, A WINNER
If you're looking for an attorney who may or not specialize in something you need but is kinda cheap, this ISNT your guy. If you're looking for an attorney who knows a lot about a lot, will call you back, and will win, this is the man.
Posted by Dan | April 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy client!
John guided and defended me through a difficult case and I am thrilled with the probation settlement he was able to arrange. On more than one occasion people I've interacted with in the criminal justice system when learning the details of my case, have expressed that "I must have an incredible lawyer" and I tell them that I certainly do. I highly recommend John and have gone back to him on two occasions where both times he has sucessfuly arranged to have the conditions of my probation lessened.
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Posted by Vic | April 4, 2017
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True Advocate for YOU
Having an advocate during difficult times is so hard to find. You want someone who is not only passionate about the law but also uses that passion to prioritize your best interests during stressful times. John Rooney was that advocate for me and my family. My wife was hit by a car while crossing the street in Philadelphia. Your head spins when a loved one is seriously injured and emotions run high. All of a sudden you are dealing with police reports, insurance companies, and doctor’s bills that all are so important to manage so your loved one can be made whole again. John was great in anticipating the needs of my wife and my family; he was always present to answer our concerns regarding the accident. In addition, when it came to financial settlement, John was absolutely great in assertively dealing with the insurance companies and was aggressive to ensure we got the very best financial settlement. It’s great to have someone like John on your side when you’re trying to determine what needs you have not only now but in the future….John was great with helping identify those needs. We will always be grateful. You will not find a better advocate!
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Response from John Rooney April 4, 2017
Thanks Vic, I appreciate your kind words. It was great working with you and your wife. I'm really happy we were able to get you the compensation that you guys deserved. Hopefully the settlement funds help alleviate some of the hardship that was caused by this accident. Give my regards to the family. -John
Posted by Joe | February 27, 2015
Great Defense Attorney
I hired John Rooney when I found myself in some legal trouble. Not only were John's fees very reasonable, he proved to be extremely effective and knowledgeable in the court room. Throughout the entire process, John took the time to explain each step and what to expect, since this was my first experience with the legal system. When I was wrongfully charged with a felony, he realized this and successfully fought the charge and got it dropped, which was absolutely huge. Ultimately I pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, since I did commit that crime, and the Philadelphia DA was unwilling to offer any sort of plea deal. When the sentence was harsher than expected (house arrest), John filed a motion to reconsider, which worked, and got the sentenced reduced to just probation; a punishment more inline with the crime and my lack of any criminal record prior to this incident. Without John's experience and assertiveness, I could very well have ended up behind bars. I basically owe my freedom to him.
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Posted by Dan | February 25, 2015
Small Claims Hero
After being burned by a contractor when rehabbing my newly purchased home, I hired John Rooney to take the case to small claims court. This was an FHA 203(k) purchase, so the details were complicated due to the nature of the loan. John researched my unique case extensively, and was able to brilliantly articulate his arguments to an extremely tedious judge. After 4 hours in the courtroom and various white-boarding sessions, John won the case for me with a judgement of $6,000. This man knows how to lawyer.
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Posted by TOM | December 4, 2014
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2014
Saved my Life
I hired Mr. Rooney to represent me in a criminal case in Montgomery County PA. My previous attorney brought an offer from the prosecutor calling for 6 moths of confinement. If I took that offer I would lose my job, my home, car, etc. I needed a lawyer that was knowledgeable and respectful but not afraid to fight to keep me from losing everything. He was able to reason with the prosecutor and she agreed to no incarceration and I received a short term of probation. Mr. Rooney was instrumental in helping to turn my life around and I will (hopefully) never need his services again but would refer him to anybody who is fighting for their freedom.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2014
Juvenile case
John was responsive, extremely honest and very competent. He and his team made us feel like our son was their most important client which is ultimately want you want and need when there is a lot a stake. He was always available which we found comforting when things were not going well. Ultimately, the outcome was the absolute best case scenario. I would highly recommend John to anyone, including family and friends.
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Posted by Derek Syphrett | January 26, 2014
HIRE JOHN ROONEY: John Rooney Solves Problems. His website smartly leads with this statement. Its true. I've lawyers quite a bit in a professional or civil suit environment. John Rooney is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of working with. ABOUT MR. JOHN ROONEY: John Rooney has wonderful characteristics that are frankly hard to find in the legal field. For starters: He is very smart, professional, wise, and prudent. John is not afraid to advocate for his clients and he doesn't play footsies with Judges or Lawyers. He's of course always respectful when in court, but he makes it clear to everyone that: (1) you have rights, (2) that your rights will be respected by all parties, and (3) you deserve an expedient just resolution of your matter. Most importantly: he is sharp and tough as a "steeled razor". He will look to simplify complex problems and work through your issue with a process oriented common sense approach. I hate to call any lawyer a bargain because, it implies their service isn't valuable (top shelf). Instead I'd simply say I owe Mr. Rooney more than he required me to pay. I look forward to watching Mr. Rooney's career from a far after he is done representing me. He is the sort of lawyer you root for. He is the sort of lawyer there simply are not enough of.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2013
Very Knowledgeable, Professional, Down to Earth, and Very Reasonable Fees
Very knowledgeable, professional, and down to earth. Was straightforward and told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear. Went out of his way to accommodate my schedule. But what impressed me the most was, though he could have done what most lawyers do, and tried to convince me to take the case to the next level, which would have benefited him financially, he cared more about the best interest of my children involved in the case and did his best to find alternative mediation methods. Furthermore, he did not nickle-and-dime me. His fees were exactly what he say they would be, and they were more than reasonable for such a complex case. I would not hesitate to highly recommend him to loved ones.
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Posted by Jabril | May 26, 2013
Rooney wins cases
Mr. Rooney treated me with the utmost respect and more importantly had my cases dismissed due to procedural misconduct by the police. If you have been arrested and need someone that's gonna fight the DA and not sell you out then he's the lawyer you want.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-250 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of John F. Rooney, V
  • 2011 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Kimmel, Carter, Roman & Peltz, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid Society
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Judge Glynnis D. Hill
  • First Judicial District Of Pennsylvania
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Community Projects Coordinator - Americorps Volunteer
  • YouthBuild Charter School
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Americorps Volunteer
  • City Year Greater Philadelphia
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Philadelphia County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present


  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Murray S. Love Mock Trial Award
  • University Of Pittsburgh - School of Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (5)
General practice Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse John for legal representation. It is not only his skill with the law and in the courtroom that sets him apart, but his level of detail and tenacity put into each case. He treats his clients with the utmost respect, dignity, and compassion."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, John is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a sharp and aggressive personal injury and criminal attorney , who is dedicated to client service. I have nothing but good things to say about the job that he does for his clients, and do not hesitate to refer him to my clients for help on types of cases I don't work on."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Rooney is an outstanding Trial Attorney with a reputation for being tough, diligent, and well-prepared. I endorse John and recommend him to anyone in the Philadelphia area who finds a need for a great criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.He is always well prepared, makes an excellent courtroom presentation. He is on top of all the new case law, and works on his trial techniques regularly. One of the best young courtroom lawyers I have seen."
Child support Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Philadelphia Criminal defense Lawyer John Francis Rooney V
John Francis Rooney V
Criminal defense Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 11 years
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