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During the 1960's, we witnessed for the first time, citizens fighting back against government overreaching and unfairness. Neil Rockind was born on September 6, 1968, at the height of those tumultuous times in Detroit, Michigan. He received his education from Bloomfield Hills Andover High School (Class of 1968); the University of Michigan (Bachelor of General Studies, 1990); and, Wayne State University Law School (Juris Doctor, 1993).
Rockind is licensed to practice in both Michigan and New York. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of New York. He has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts across the country including but not limited to, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and state courts in Ohio, Kentucky and Arizona. He has been involved in criminal cases in many other states across the country.
Rockind's 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, Rockind quickly became a special prosecutor, the title given to prosecutors who were specifically assigned to handle the most complex and high profile cases. Rockind was the youngest prosecutor to attain this level. As a special prosecutor, he handled the most complex and high profile cases in the office, including but not limited to 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). Rockind also prosecuted many high level drug dealers, including one of the few cases resulting from an Oakland County Citizen's Grand Jury indictment.
Rockind joined a law firm in 1997 upon leaving the prosecutor's office and quickly became a partner in that firm, something no one had done during the previous 20 years. He left that law firm in 2000. In private practice, Rockind has 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 had his covered on/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, 60 Minutes, PrimeTime Live, 48 Hours, Current Affair, WJR, WWJ, WXYT, America Free Radio, the Washington Post, New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, the Oakland Press, Daily Tribune, Macomb Daily, Grosse Pointe News and every major news periodical across the country.
He has represented clients in matters ranging from drunk driving to complex federal cases. He has represented lead defendants in cases involving no notoriety whatsoever 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 national media attention.
Rockind is/has been a member of the Michigan State Bar, New York State Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, National College of District Attorneys and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. He is a member of the Criminal Defense section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is also on the Regional Advisory Board of the Anti Defamation League. He has lectured to lawyers, police officers and citizens regarding current issues in law.
- Bar Admissions:
- Michigan, 1993
- New York, 2006
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1997
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2003
- U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2001
- Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1993
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990
Bachelor of General Studies
Major: Disciplines - Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Michigan State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
- Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- National College of District Attorneys and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
- State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Defense section
- Past Employment Positions:
- Fried Saperstein, Abbatt & Rockind, PC, Partner, 1997 - 2001
- Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1993 - 1997
- Alpha Tau Omega