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Mr. Rockind was born on Sept. 6, 1968. He received his education from Bloomfield Hills Andover High School (Class of 1986); the University of Michigan (B.A., 1990); and Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1993). He is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and has been admitted pro hac vice in various state and federal courts across the country.
His talents as a trial lawyer were honed during his tenure as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, one of the most famous prosecutor's offices in the country. Rockind was an assistant prosecutor from 1993 to 1997 and handled thousands of criminal cases, many of which resulted in jury trials. Due to both his record and his ferocity, Rockind gained the moniker, "The Rockweiler." His career as a prosecutor was chronicled in profile articles that appeared in several local newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press and the Oakland Press.
As a prosecutor, Mr. Rockind quickly became a special prosecutor, the title given to prosecutors who were specifically assigned to handle complex and high profile cases. As a special prosecutor, he handled the most complex and high profile cases in the office, including People v. Kevorkian (the prosecution of famed assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian), People v. Horton (the prosecution of a pastor charged with taking clandestine videotapes of his parishioners in the bathrooms of his church) and People v Mayhew (a groundbreaking vehicular homicide case). He also prosecuted many high-level drug dealers, including one of the few cases resulting from an Oakland County Citizen's grand jury indictment.
In 1997, Mr. Rockind decided to pursue a career as a criminal defense lawyer. In private practice, he handled countless high profile cases. He was the legal commentator for WDIV (NBC) and had a recurring role on a legal news series for WJBK (Fox 2). He has appeared on or been involved in cases that have been covered by WDIV (NBC), WXYZ (ABC), WJBK (Fox 2), WGPR (CBS), UPN 50, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Court TV, WJR, WWJ, WXYT, America Free Radio, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, the Oakland Press, Daily Tribune, Macomb Daily, Grosse Pointe News and other major news periodicals across the country.
Mr. Rockind has represented clients in matters ranging from drunk driving to complex federal cases. He has represented lead defendants in cases involving no notoriety and others, such as the infamous "Basketbrawl" (Piston v. Pacer) assault case (in which he obtained the only dismissal) and the investigation into noted attorney Geoffrey Nels Fieger, that have garnered significant national media attention.
He was named one of "Michigan's Movers and Shakers" by 944 Magazine and profiled in the Oct. 2009 edition of the magazine. He was also selected as one of Michigan's Super Lawyers for 2009 and 2010, an honor bestowed upon only 5 percent of the lawyers practicing in the state. He has lectured to lawyers, police officers and citizens regarding current issues in law.
Notable Cases and Results:
People v. Kevorkian: The prosecution of famed assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
People v. Horton: The prosecution of a pastor charged with taking clandestine videotapes of his parishioners in the bathrooms of his church.
People v Mayhew: A groundbreaking vehicular homicide case.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Michigan, 1997
Western District of Michigan
Northern District of Ohio, 2003
Law School: Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1993
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, B.A., 1990
Employment History: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, 1993-1997
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
State Bar of Michigan
Criminal Defense section
Board of Directors, Friends of the Israel Defense Force
Regional Advisory Board, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)