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,  family law and commercial litigation.
He is a member of the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, LSU Law Center 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, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 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 Regional Chair for the Forever LSU Capital Campaign and serves on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Building on Tradition Capital Campaign Committee. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.

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

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 - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Martindale

Past Employment Positions

  • Raleigh Newman, APLC, 1992 - 2001


  • Lambda Chi Alpha

Contact J. Rock Palermo III

Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC
721 Kirby Street
PO Box 2125
Lake Charles, Louisiana  70602
Phone: 337-310-1600
Toll Free: 877-300-8680
Fax: 337-310-1601


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Louisiana

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