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Southfield, Mich.— Jan. 21, 2015— This month marks the 15th anniversary for Rockind Law (formerly known as Neil Rockind, P.C.), a criminal defense law firm that aggressively pursues justice for individuals facing serious criminal charges. The firm was founded in 2000 by attorney Neil Rockind following his early career in criminal prosecution.
Rockind has more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney and litigator, representing a wide array of defense clients in Michigan. He began his legal career as assistant prosecuting attorney in the Oakland County, Mich. prosecutor’s office in 1993. In 1997, Rockind left the prosecutor’s office, making a dramatic shift to defense. After a brief stint with another firm in Southfield, Rockind ultimately established his own firm.
Fifteen years later, Rockind Law continues to represent clients in cases ranging from drunk driving to complex federal cases. His high profile cases include the Basketbrawl (Piston v Pacer) assault case at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Nov. 2004 where Rockind was the only attorney to receive a dismissal for his client, the successful defense of a city clerk accused of perjury and the defense of a housewife accused of poisoning her physician-husband.
“Clients come to Rockind Law when they have nowhere else to turn,” Rockind said. “For 15 years, we have helped individuals fight for their rights, bringing hope even when the situation seemed like a lost case. For as dark and grim as criminal law can be, it is also extremely rewarding as we give the ‘underdog’ a fighting chance.”
Among the many awards he has received throughout his firm’s history, Rockind was named the Best of Detroit by Hour Magazine, a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Top Criminal Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, among the Top 100 lawyers (in the entire state) by Super Lawyers, a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney for Michigan in Jan. 2015 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) and a Leading Lawyer for 2014-2015. Super Lawyers also named him among the Top 50 Consumer (lawyers representing individuals) Lawyers in Michigan. He served as a contributing author for Michigan Model Criminal Jury Instructions, a book released in Dec. 2014 by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and is a regular contributor to the media on criminal legal matters.
In October 2014, Rockind participated in a scientific forensics course held by the American Chemical Society that educated attending attorneys on the use of blood testing instruments and the science behind gas chromatography, a method used to separate organic and inorganic compounds in both liquid and gas. After separating the compounds, police, FBI and other authorities can then analyze the chemicals, such as drugs or alcohol, that are present in breath, blood and urine. Only about 200 attorneys in the U.S. have completed the coursework that allows lawyers to explain the science of gas chromatography in DUI ethanol-based cases. Completion of the course allows Rockind to verify or challenge the court’s and prosecutor’s experts.
Rockind is also the founder/author of KillerCrossExamination.com, a website devoted to examining and discussing different aspects of cross examination.
Rockind holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan State Bar, Criminal Defense section of the State Bar of Michigan, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Association of Justice, the National Trial Lawyers Association, Michigan Association of Operating While Intoxicated Attorneys, the National College of Drunk Driving Defense, the Driving Under the Influence Defense Lawyers Association and the American Chemical Society, Chemistry and the Law section.
About Rockind Law
Rockind Law is a Southfield, Michigan-based criminal defense law firm aggressively pursuing justice for adults and juveniles facing criminal charges, including white collar crime and school discipline matters. To find out more about the firm’s services and resources, visit http://www.rockindlaw.com/.