Robert J. Rock

Robert J. Rock

Managing Partner

(518) 640-1224

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Practice Areas
  • Appellate Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Litigation
Practice Locations
  • Albany, NY

Bob is the managing partner of the Albany office of Tully Rinckey PLLC and the head of the firm’s insolvency practice. He has 35 years of experience in dealing with complex financial, corporate and commercial issues. Throughout his legal career, Bob has centered his practice in the Capital Region, but has represented clients all across New York including in each of the four United States District Courts and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bob has extensive experience before both state and federal courts fighting for clients in the civil litigation arena. When Tully Rinckey PLLC’s clients have been wronged by the action or inaction of another party, they find an ally and advocate in Bob as they pursue their rights in court. Clients may also find themselves being sued and in need of the kind of proactive defense provided by Bob and the Tully Rinckey PLLC civil litigation team. Bringing to bear the lessons learned over decades of representing individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities and the full range of legal entities, Bob and the team provide aggressive representation to secure the best possible legal outcome for our clients.

A long-time ally of distressed and troubled businesses and individuals throughout upstate New York, Bob has been expanding Tully Rinckey PLLC’s bankruptcy practice, particularly in the areas of Chapter 11 (business) and Chapter 12 (farm) reorganization, while continuing the firm’s tradition of representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings and all types of bankruptcy litigation.

Bob has successfully confirmed Chapter 11 plans in diverse cases, including a rural Delaware County acute care hospital, a swimming pool builder and water park developer, a major printing company and an ante-bellum ladder manufacturer. He has successfully represented a ski manufacturer in protecting its rights and ensuring that its position was adequately protected in the bankruptcy of a central New York ski area. He has also represented creditors’ committees in a Broome County and Pennsylvania baker, a mid-Hudson building products supplier and a consortium of banks in a case involving a purported investment company behind a massive Ponzi scheme. Bob was the lead attorney on a landmark case involving the eligibility of certain New York partnerships to seek reorganization under Chapter 11. Bob has represented secured and unsecured creditors, as well as Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, in virtually every aspect of bankruptcy.

Bob received a juris doctorate from Albany Law School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from LeMoyne College. His admissions include the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2017.

Representative Matters

  • C-TC 9th Avenue Partnership
  • Vogel Van and Storage
  • Spaulding Bakeries
  • Read Memorial Hospital
  • Miron Building Products
  • Bennett Funding
  • Tilley Ladders

Articles and Publications

  • Insuring that a Security Agreement and Financing Statement are Valid (2002)
  • Litigation in Bankruptcy Court (2003)
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (2017)
  • Avoiding Ethical Tangles in Collections (2017)

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York State (1982)
  • Northern District of New York (1982)
  • Southern District of New York (1985)
  • Eastern District of New York (1985)
  • 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (1996)
  • Western District of New York (2015)

Education

  • BA: LeMoyne College (1978)
  • JD: Albany Law School (1981)

Accreditations / Awards

  • Super Lawyers

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