Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Rocky relocated back to Atlanta in March 2019 after four years in Central Europe and Prague, Czech Republic. Rocky began practicing law in 2001 where he focused his efforts on representing injured workers across Georgia. Rocky’s private practice experience includes Georgia workers compensation, personal injury, complex civil litigation, products liability, wrongful death and aggressive DUI defense. In early 2014, seeking a change in pace, Rocky accepted a position as General Counsel with a US Government contractor. This precision steel fabricator had facilities in Charleston, SC and Johannesburg, South Africa with US Government contracts and subcontracts with Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems. As General Counsel Rocky provided a broad range of legal experience in advising/counseling senior executives on complex corporate matters including government contracting and business strategy.
Thereafter, in 2015 Rocky moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he sat for the United States Foreign Service Officer Test with the U.S. State Department at the US Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2016 Rocky joined the prestigious Institute for International Relations Prague (IIR). IIR is a renowned Central European think-tank that performs advanced research in international relations, conflict resolution, terrorism, asymmetrical warfare and European Union policy analysis for both diplomatic consumption and foreign policy formation for the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Rocky’s position with the IIR provided him with incredible opportunities unavailable to many outside of government service as he attended numerous high-level symposiums and conferences at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Czech/EU security, topics on Russia/Ukraine security, nuclear security and testing, and participated in translations for papers into English on Czech Foreign Relations that were provided to various diplomatic and embassy missions in Prague. Rocky had the opportunity to attend high-level functions at various embassies and consulates that broadened his overseas experience and allowed him to engage, personally, with high-level government officials on a myriad of issues.
Rocky is a graduate of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Security Institute and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO) Diplomacy Symposium on Nuclear Testing. Both were held at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.
After four years in Prague and Central Europe, Rocky joined the Bader Law Firm in April 2019. As an accomplished litigator, Rocky has a singular client mission: fight the good fight for his client.
During his career, Rocky has personally conducted well over 1000 or more depositions of witnesses, physicians, experts and plaintiff/defendants. Rocky has personally conducted hundreds of trials and an even greater number of pre-trial mediations, most to successful settlement. Rocky has joined The Bader Law Firm’s workers compensation practice where he will focus exclusively on representing injured workers across Georgia on workers compensation claims and catastrophic personal injury.
Rocky is a 14-year Decorated Veteran with the United States Air Force with service in South-West Asia, Kuwait and Europe. Rocky’s Military awards and decorations include the South-West Asia Campaign Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon.
University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, 1997
St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL, 2000
Stevens vs. Perpetual Machine Co., Court of Appeals of Georgia. Nos. A09A1932, A09A2064; Decided March 26, 2010 (products liability and wrongful death stemming from a work-related death).
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