John Rockecharlie is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, John was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1987. He began his legal career as a prosecutor for the City of Richmond and quickly became the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in charge of the Manchester Courthouse. He handled a wide range of criminal cases from violent crime to white collar fraud in both the Circuit and General District Court.
In 1992 he joined the Chesterfield County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and prosecuted criminal cases in the county until 1994. At that time he went into the area of personal injury law as an attorney with Nationwide Insurance. For two years he represented the interests of individual policy holders who were involved in personal injury litigation.
In 1996 he rejoined the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney, this time in charge of the juvenile court. In 1998 John joined the law firm which became Bowen, Champlin, Foreman and Rockecharlie. He was the managing partner of that firm for 11 years.
John has gained a wealth of experience during his many years of practice. He has participated in over 250 jury trials involving issues as varied as multi-million dollar claims to defending people charged with capital murder in both state and federal courts and all types of matters in between. He is widely respected for his passionate advocacy on behalf of his clients. He is recognized as a leader among criminal defense attorneys in the Richmond Metro area. He has been an adjunct professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law and is often a speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars.