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Joseph Lars Rockne

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   9 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I represent individuals, families and small businesses in a wide range of business disputes. Both plaintiff and defendant.

    31 years

  2. Real estate
    Much of my real estate practice consists of advising neighbors in disputes over boundaries, trees, and easements and driveways. Both plaintiff and defendant.

    31 years

  3. Mediation
    After litigating dozens of neighbor disputes, I have begun helping parties and their counsel resolve them through mediation. A practice I enjoy.

    10 years

I enjoy representing individuals and businesses involved in disputes.  I work with my clients so I can understand the facts and advise them of their legal rights and risks.  We work together to come up with a plan that makes economic and legal sense and then put that plan in place.

In 2002 Washington Law and Politics Magazine recognized me as a "Rising Star." 

I have handled cases in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor and Grant County.

I recently completed a forty hour mediation skills training session and look forward to assisting parties, as a mediator, in resolving their disputes.


Licensed for 31 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 05/19/2023

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

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Law Office of Joseph L. Rockne, PLLC
2400 NW 80th ST., PMB 119
Seattle, WA, 98117-4449


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Posted by Holly | June 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Recommendation for Joe Rockne
I was referred to Joe from my Estate attorney and I am so grateful for the referral. Joe listens to the details of the issue and helps guide you through the process. He communicates what he is doing throughout the whole process and put me at ease. He is efficient with his time. I highly recommend him for any real estate issue or mediation needs.
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Posted by Greg | December 14, 2015
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Joe Rockne
The best thing I can say about Mr. Rockne, is that WE WON. His advice and recommendations were fair, timely, and spot on.
Posted by Barb | May 24, 2013
We had a good outcome from Joseph's review of our P&S agreement
Because of Joseph's responsiveness and ability to explain our options within our Purchase and Sale agreement, we were able to close rapidly on the sale of our family's property. I would recommend to anyone that you review your P&S with an attorney, but not just any attorney—go to Joseph Rockne and you'll be treated well with honesty and knowledge of the system.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2011
Highly Recommended
Joe assisted in resolving a lengthy real estate dispute and I highly recommend him for his real estate expertise and integrity. His professionalism, knowledge of the law, and keeping the facts straight before both court and mediation was instrumental in a successful outcome for me. During the entire time, Joe quickly kept me informed and kept up with all the legal requirements. I have had him review other real estate matters and will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2011
Great Lawyer!!
Joe handled our matter quickly and efficiently and was honest and specific about what he proposed to do, the likely costs, and the probable outcome.
Posted by Vince | April 14, 2011
Broad depth of knowledge, very helpful
Joe has helped me in many ways, over several years and with several different properties. Specifically, in negotiating with the tenant, reviewing leases, fighting adverse possession and even reviewing a reverse mortgage, to start with. His input has helped me, and saved me some money. He has also assisted me by referring me to others for tasks like reviewing title history, and other legal transactions. He always keeps the facts of my properties correct, which is surprising to me as they are fairly complicated. I have referred several clients to him, as I have been very impressed.
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Posted by Brian Sodorff | April 13, 2011
Recommendation for Joe Rockne
I have been in the mortgage industry for over 23 years. Joe has handled my personal realestate transactions and those of my clients well. He is as good as it gets and i know this first hand as i have been involved in numerous deals involving attorneys. I will continue to refer Joe all of my clients.
Posted by Gerry | April 8, 2011
Adverse Possession Lawsuit
A neighbor sued for adverse possession after we removed and replaced a small fence back onto the correct property line. I brought the lawsuit to Joseph Rockne for help and advice and was immediately impressed with his knowledge and excellent counsel. He has kept on top of this lawsuit every step of the way. The case has not yet been settled, however I don't worry about it because I have full confidence he is protecting me and working toward the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Anne | April 7, 2011
Excellent Counsel in Property Easement Dispute with Neighbour
I hired Jo to work on a complex issue with a neighbour who had utilities on my land and no formal easements due to a poor quality short plat by the person who sold each us us our houses. Jo was excellent. He was very experienced in real estate law, very respectful, kept me informed, provided clear explanations of my options, worked hard to resolve the issue prior to our final court date and eventually got all parties to attend mediation and agree a settlement, no small feat given the personalities involved. I highly recommend Jo and would hire him again.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Joseph L. Rockne, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Lawless Partnership, PLLP
  • 2001 - 2004


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Dunavant v Quach
  • Defense Verdict
  • Suller v. Sharma
  • Verdict for Seller. Arbitration ruling reversed. Ruling included award of attorney fees and costs.
  • Ku v. Cai
  • Verdict for Seller


  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property and Probate
  • 2002 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • KCBA - Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • 2001 - Present
  • WSBA - Real Property Probate and Trust Section
  • 2001 - Present
  • Families With Children From China
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • ABA - Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
  • ABA - Committee on Pretrial Practice and Discovery
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • 2005 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • 2004 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Founders Award
  • Families with Children from China
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2002


  • Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual
  • Chapter VII Quiet Title and Ejectment Actions
  • 2010
  • Washington State Bar Real Property and Probate Section Newsletter
  • A Statute of Limitations Defense to Claims of Breach of Warranty in Adverse Possession Claims
  • 2009
  • Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual
  • Chapter VII Quiet Title and Ejectment Actions
  • 2009
  • Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual
  • Chapter VII Quiet Title and Ejectment Actions
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Small Office Management for the Legal Professional
  • Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas and Malpractice
  • 2008
  • Law Office Management for the Paralegal
  • Ethical Issues and Avoiding Malpractice
  • 2008
  • Transitions: Merging Your Practice with Case Management Software
  • Chosing Case Management Software
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Joseph
Litigation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Family member
"Joe is a smart attorney always working to find the best solution for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Rockne on a number of occasions. Mr. Rockne has a breadth of experience which makes him an excellent advocate for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joe Rockne for the past 15 years, and we have opposed each other on several cases. Joe is very knowledgable, hardworking and dedicated to his clients. He has excellent legal skills and cares about his client. He also has a great sense of humor and loves sports which speaks highly of his character."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Rockne has his practice in the same community as I do, and I have referred a number of clients to him for arbitration and litigation. The clients I have referred to Joe have been pleased with his work, and I believe he is a very good attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe Rockne for seven years, and know him to be a hard worker who is very dedicated to achieving the best possible results for his clients. He is smart, tenacious, and has good common sense. I have referred transactional and litigated real estate clients to him over the years with excellent results. I heartily endorse him and highly recommend his services."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe did excellent work on a recent difficult case. His cool head and intuitive legal mind helped to get the case resolved."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. His is a competent, honest and practical lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Joe Rockne for approximately three years in the same law firm and continue to refer cases to him. Joe Rockne is a highly capable and experienced attorney."
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