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Bard D. Rockenbach

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

Burlington & Rockenbach, P.A.
444 West Railroad Avenue, Ste 350
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-760-9392
Fax: 561-721-0465
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Appellate (60%), Insurance Coverage (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Bard D. Rockenbach is a founding partner with Burlington & Rockenbach, P.A., law firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. Board certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice with more than 32 years of total legal experience, Mr. Rockenbach focuses his practice primarily on civil appeals, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Palm Beach County and the rest of South Florida who seek to challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Rockenbach has handled hundreds of appeals, with more than 250 published decisions. He began his practice as an insurance defense attorney, so he has a wealth of knowledge and insight into the industry, which helps him to devise the most effective strategies possible to help his plaintiff clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. Rockenbach has received the S. Victor Tipton Award for Legal Writing, and he was a finalist as Most Effective Lawyers in Appellate Practice from the Daily Business Review. He has also received many other top ranking and endorsements from his peers, and U.S. World & News Report gave his practice a Tier 1 rankings as among the Best Law Firms in his region.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Rockenbach obtained his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1988. The Florida Bar admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Rockenbach is an active member of the Palm Beach County Justice Association and the Florida Justice Association, where he has served as chairman of the organization's Appellate Practice Section. He has also served as chairman of the Technology Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He has also written extensively and conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Appellate
  • 20%Insurance Coverage
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Appeals, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Bard D. Rockenbach

First Admitted: 1988, Florida

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Educational Background

  • University of Florida, B.S., Accounting


  • Ass'n of Disabled Americans v. Neptune Designs, Inc., 469 F.3d 1357, 1359 (11th Cir. 2006) 
  • Assurance Co. of Am. v. Lucas Waterproofing Co., Inc., 581 F. Supp. 2d 1201, 1214 (S.D. Fla. 2008)
  • Kirton v. Fields, 997 So. 2d 349 (Fla. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Stevens, 994 So.2d 1062 (Fla. 2008)
  • Gamsen v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 68 So. 3d 290, 293 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Barbanell, 100 So. 3d 152 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Goheagan v. Am. Vehicle Ins. Co., 107 So. 3d 433 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Kitroser v. Hurt, 85 So. 3d 1084 (Fla. 2012)
  • Paton v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 190 So. 3d 1047, 1048 (Fla. 2016)
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ciccone, 190 So. 3d 1028 (Fla. 2016)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The Practical Limitations of the Economic Loss Rule, The Florida Bar Journal, November 1995
  • Presenter, Masters of Justice Seminar, Florida Justice Association, 2014
  • Presenter, Masters of Justice Seminar, Florida Justice Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Workhorse Seminar, Florida Justice Association March 2017
  • The Difficult Concept of “Suggesting” a Death, The Journal of the Florida Justice Association, March/April 2018
  • Spoliation of Evidence: A Double-Edged Sword, The Florida Bar Journal, November 2001
  • An End to Medicaid Reimbursement Overreaching, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal, May 2006


  • Finalist – Most Effective Lawyers (Appellate Practice), 2009, Daily Business Review
  • 2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Tier 1 Ranking of Best Law Firms 
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Given for superior achievement in legal writing., S. Victor Tipton Award, Florida Justice Association, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice, 1995 to present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Palm Beach County Justice Association. 2005 - Present 
  • Chairman, Appellate Practice Section 2013-14
  • Florida Justice Association, 2005 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Technology Committee, 1997-2017, Chairman, 1997-2017
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Unites States Supreme Court
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Florida Bar, 1988
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
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Office Location for Bard D. Rockenbach

444 West Railroad Avenue
Ste 350
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-760-9392

Fax: 561-721-0465

Last Updated: 12/11/2020

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