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Seth M. Rokosky is an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and focuses his practice in the Appellate and Constitutional Law group.
Mr. Rokosky rejoined Gibson Dunn after serving in the New York Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Solicitor General in the Bureau of Appeals and Opinions, his public service included representing the State and its agencies as principal attorney on 43 appellate matters. He previously began his career as a litigation associate in Gibson Dunn’s New York office.
Throughout his public and private practice, Mr. Rokosky has had extensive appellate experience. He has conducted more than 20 oral arguments and filed more than 70 appellate briefs in both state and federal court, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and New York appellate courts. His experience includes affirmative and defensive appeals, emergency motions, stay applications, and amicus briefs, and it covers a wide range of subject matters such as commercial litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property, C.P.L.R. article 78, civil and criminal procedure, administrative procedure, class actions, and constitutional law.
In the trial court, Mr. Rokosky has maintained a robust litigation practice, with a particular focus on complex briefing and providing strategic advice to trial counsel. He has been consulted for input on all aspects of a case from complaint to final judgment. He has drafted pleadings, served discovery documents, prepared post-trial submissions, and negotiated settlement.
Mr. Rokosky has received numerous awards for his pro bono service. Between 2013 and 2016, he received three outstanding service awards from the Legal Aid Society for work on behalf of a class of disabled New Yorkers challenging a disaster food stamp program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and New York State Bar Association have also recognized his pro bono work at the firm.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Rokosky served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also served as a legal intern to the Honorable Sara Lioi of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Mr. Rokosky graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2011, where he was a legal writing instructor and an extern in the appellate program. He was also a member of the moot court board and a senior editor of the Penn Law Review, which published his comment, Denied and Disparaged: Applying the “Federalist” Ninth Amendment, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 275 (2010). He received his undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, in History and Philosophy from the Ohio State University, where he graduated with honors and research distinction in history.
Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Rokosky is an accomplished competitive chess player. He is a certified a “National Master” by the United States Chess Federation, with accomplishments including a national championship and numerous state championships.
Mr. Rokosky is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.
University of Pennsylvania - 2011 Juris Doctor
The Ohio State University - 2008 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar