John Lucas Rockenbach counsels clients in litigation and dispute resolution.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, John served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow for 2022-23, with an assignment in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.

Before working at the Supreme Court, John was the Simon Karas Fellow for the Office of the Solicitor General of Ohio. During his year in that office, he argued six appeals on topics including federal criminal procedure, state criminal procedure, state administrative law and taxation. He also contributed to briefs in several U.S. Supreme Court cases, including the state’s victory in National Federation of Independent Business v. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A brief he co-authored in another Supreme Court case won a “Best Brief” award from the National Association of Attorney Generals.

While he worked for the State of Ohio, he also volunteered as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, where he co-taught courses in appellate advocacy, the US Supreme Court and state constitutional law.

Earlier, John held two federal clerkships: for Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton at the Sixth Circuit and for Judge David R. Stras at the Eighth Circuit.

During law school, John was a summer associate of the firm.

Personal Interests

Outside the office, John enjoys being part of a local church, spending time with his fiancé and following Husker Football. Go, Big Red!


Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, 2020-2021
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. David R. Stras, 2019-2020


University of Nebraska College of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Nebraska Law Review (member) (2019)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A. in English and Political Science, summa cum laude (2016)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • State Constitutions and Privileges or Immunities
    86 Albany Law Review 873 (2023)
  • Respect and Deference in American Administrative Law
    Co-author, 102 Boston University Law Review 101 (2022)
  • A Skidmore-Style Deference for Banking Preemption
    Nebraska Law Review Bulletin (Aug. 29, 2019)
  • Everything, but Maybe Nothing: The Supreme Court’s Important — but Fragile — Decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, 137 S. Ct. 2012 (2017)
    97 Nebraska Law Review 525 (2018)


  • National Association of Attorneys General — Supreme Court Best Brief Award, Co-author, 2023
  • University of Nebraska College of Law — Guy Cleveland Chambers Award, Gold Medallion (awarded to the graduate with the highest grades), 2019
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award — 18 CALI Awards (for highest grade in a course), University of Nebraska College of Law, 2016-19
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