J. Rock Palermo III

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Martindale-Hubbell | AV - PREEMINENT | Peer Rated for Highest Level | of Professional Excellence - 2016 | J. Rock Palermo, III

Rock graduated from LSU Law School in 1992 and from LSU with a bachelor's degree in 1987. While at LSU Law School he was selected to the Moot Court Board. He is a partner in the firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles. The firm handles environmental litigation, oil and gas litigation, serious personal injury and maritime law claims and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, LSU Law Center Board of Trustees and Chancellor's Council, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Louisiana Association for Justice. Rock was named to each edition of the Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007 and to each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He is a certified mediator, FAA licensed Airline Transport Pilot with airplane, jet and helicopter ratings, and a master scuba instructor. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, and holds the rank of Colonel. Rock currently serves as Co-Chair of the LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program and serves on the Lake Charles Regional Airport Authority. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.

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Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Jones Act
  • Personal Injury
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Chemical Exposures
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Recreational Products
  • Toxic Torts
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediator, American Arbitration Association, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1987
    • Major: Finance
  • CAP National Legal Officers College, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado


  • Insurance Bad Faith, LA Trial Lawyers Association
  • Demonstrative Evidence, Albert Tate Inn of Court
  • Y2K Litigation, LA Trial Lawyers Association
  • Legal Practice in the Next Century, Alexandria Bar Association
  • Computers: Y2K, Albert Tate Inn of Court
  • Handling the Defense Biomechanical Expert, LA Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Litigation Ethics, Albert Tate Inn of Court, 2002
  • Operations - Posse Comitatus Limitations, Civil Air Patrol National Legal Officers College
  • Things You Can't do at Trial, Albert Tate Inn of Court, 2003
  • Attorney Professionalism during Depositions, Tate Inn of Court, 2005
  • Hitting the Lawyer in the Pocketbook, Albert Tate Inn of Court, 2006
  • Lawyer as Investigator, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2007
  • When Medical Art meets Technology, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2008
  • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2008
  • Walking Wounded: Zealous Advocacy for Brain Injury Clients, with Robert Voogt, Ph.D., LAJ Webinar
  • Taking Depositions That Win Cases , Louisiana State Bar Association, November 11, 2011
  • Masters in Jury Selection, American Board of Trial Advocates, December 2, 2011 - Present
  • Legislative Update, Albert Tate Inn of Court, 2012 - Present
  • Medical Malpractice Perspectives, LSBA Seminar Chair, 2012 - Present
  • Screws, plates, joints, drugs and the good doctor Whodunit, Intersecting issues of products liability and medical malpractice, LSBA, 2012 - Present
  • How to Handle the Big Case from Both Sides, LSBA, 2012 - Present
  • Mastering the Deposition: Tips and Techniques, LSBA, November 28, 2012
  • Rules, Reptiles & Focus Groups, Louisiana Association for Justice, December 13, 2012
  • Caught in a Crossfire - Rambo Litigator or Witness for Prosecution, Albert Tate Inn of Court, November 12, 2013
  • Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial of Advocates, New Orleans, LA, November 22, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Merit, U.S. Coast Guard, 2009
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Civil Air Patrol, 2004
  • Senior Member of the Year, Civil Air Patrol, Louisiana Wing, 2000
  • Emergency Responder of the Year, Southwest Louisiana Mutual Aid Association, 2001
  • Public Service Award, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, 2002
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • LSU Foundation, Member
  • LSU Capital Campaign, Regional Chair, 2008 - Present
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Chancellor's Council, 2003 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, Member, 1994 - Present
  • Civil Air Patrol, Assistant National Legal Officer, 2003 - 2009
  • Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Counselor, 2002 - Present
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Council of Directors
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Executive Council
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Master Instructor, 1989 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 1999 - 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • Raleigh Newman, APLC, 1992 - 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program Board Member
  • Aviation Unit Manager, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Deputy Director, Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • St. Louis Catholic High School Foundation
  • Past President, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School PTO
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Building on Tradition Capital Campaign
  • Wing Legal Officer, Civil Air Patrol, 1999 - 2003
  • National Legal Officer, Civil Air Patrol, 2003 - 2004
  • Assistant National Legal Officer, Civil Air Patrol, 2005 - 2009


  • Lambda Chi Alpha
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