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John Joseph Rock

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Mr. Rock is a founding member of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and civil rights litigation. He represents individuals and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters including commercial disputes, construction litigation, real estate taxation and complex, high-stakes litigation. Mr. Rock advises and represents municipalities and governmental agencies in various issues including civil rights defense, labor and employment, eminent domain, and tax increment financing. Mr. Rock also represents condominium associations and its board members regarding various issues related to the Illinois Condominium Property Act.

Mr. Rock has significant experience in complex litigation matters and has taken many cases to verdict and defended successful verdicts at the appellate level. Mr. Rock is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and has successfully represented clients in hearings, bench trials and jury trials in both State and Federal Courts as well as before various administrative tribunals.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Rock was an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Rock authored dozens of appeals on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois and prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases in both bench and jury trials.

In addition to his professional duties, Mr. Rock is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors for his alma mater, Loyola University School of Law.  Additionally, Mr. Rock has served as a coach to the mock trial and moot court teams at Loyola University School of Law.  He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and has served as a mentor to young lawyers through the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Rock also participates in the Mentoring Program for Pre-Law Undergraduate Students at Miami University.

Mr. Rock is proud to be a member of the National Executive Board for GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. a not-for-profit network of Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.  Mr. Rock is also on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Clarendon Hills Police Pension Board.

Mr. Rock has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine and was honored by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company by being named one of the “40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois to Watch.


Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC
321 N Clark St Ste 2200
Chicago, IL, 60654-4614

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Posted by Robin | February 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent business attorney
Jay Rock and Cory took over a business situation that was not handled well be a previous attorney. I was thankful for their follow through and knowledge. They care about the needs of their clients, and I would highly recommend this firm for business or corporate law.
Posted by Bill | June 19, 2015
Business Buy-out
Mr. Rock represented me in a buy-out of several partnerships I had been a party to for many years. His knowledge of the law and negotiating skill increased the value of my buy-out by an enormous amount. Jay found several different legal leverage points that led to the turning point in the negotiation. Previously I was at a stalemate, but after hiring Jay things quickly moved forward to a resolution that far exceeded my expectations.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Principal
  • Rock Fusco, LLC
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Rock Fusco & Garvey, Ltd.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 2001
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  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Miami University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Village of Bellwood v. American Nat'l Bank, et al.
  • Judgment of the trial court was reversed
  • Evans v. City of Chicago, et al.
  • Verdict for our client affirmed.


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • City Club of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Celtic Legal Society of Chicago
  • President
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under the age of 40
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Chicago Litigation Lawyer John Joseph Rock
John Joseph Rock
Litigation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 27 years
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