Joseph P. Rockers

Joseph P. Rockers

Joseph P. Rockers

Joe Rockers is a partner in Goodwin’s Business Litigation Group. Mr. Rockers represents banking, life sciences, technology, healthcare, manufacturing and private equity clients in internal investigations, insurance- and indemnification-related matters, and a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including disputes involving contracts, trade secrets, partnership issues and other contested matters. Mr. Rockers has significant experience representing clients at trial in state and federal courts and arbitrations, and he routinely practices before federal and state appellate courts.

Professional Activities

Mr. Rockers is a member of the American Bar Association.

Professional Experience

After law school, Mr. Rockers served as a law clerk to the Honorable J.L. Edmondson, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Rockers was an associate in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding LLP.


In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Rockers was recognized as a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

While attending law school, Mr. Rockers served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Law & Medicine.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Rockers has represented a broad array of companies and other parties in internal investigations and complex litigation involving governmental and private entities. Some of Mr. Rockers’ recent matters include defending and/or representing:

  • Commercial airline in breach-of-contract dispute that resulted in successful ruling for airline after week-long bench trial in federal court;
  • Health fitness company with facilities nationwide in partnership dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting that culminated in month-long bench trial in state business court;  
  • Public company in theft-of-trade-secrets and breach-of-contract dispute related to the right to do business in 21 states that culminated in week-long arbitration;  
  • Insurance aggregator in breach-of-contract dispute that resulted in successful ruling for aggregator after week-long arbitration;
  • Nuclear power company before state trial and appellate courts in action challenging application of state environmental regulations to nuclear power plant;
  • Technology company and its employee in case alleging breach of non-competition agreement and other business torts in state business court;
  • School district in breach-of-contract, fraud and RICO dispute concerning school-related construction that resulted in multi-million dollar settlement for client;
  • Public university in investigating matters relating to compliance with Title IX; and
  • Non-profit organization in investigating matters related to allegations of fraud levied against organization’s founder.



J.D., 2005
Boston University School of Law
(cum laude)
B.A., 2001
Dartmouth College


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Honorable J.L. Edmondson





U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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