About

Joseph Rockne is a litigation and trial lawyer that represents businesses, families and individuals in state court. Joe has handled bench and jury trials in several Washington counties and has argued cases before the Washington Court of Appeals. He also represents clients in private arbitration and mediation.

Practice highlights

  • Represents parties involved in boundary disputes
  • Advises landowners on easement issues, including existence of implied easements and prescriptive easements
  • Litigates claims over the existence, use, scope and location of easements, covenants impacting real estate ownership
  • Handles timber trespass claims and claims involving unauthorized landscape destruction
  • Works with guardians on real estate related matters, including matters alleging abuse of vulnerable adults
  • Advises businesses and individuals with breach of contract claims, including breach of real estate purchase and sale agreements

Publications

  • A Statute of Limitations Defense to Claims of Breach of Warranty in Adverse Possession Claims. Washington State Bar Real Property and Probate Newsletter
  • Quiet Title and Ejectment Actions. Chapter VIII Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Introduction to the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. De Novo.
  • Tips for Negotiating Contracts. De Novo

Speaking engagements

  • Ethical Issues and Avoiding Mistakes and Malpractice, NBI 2010
  • Choosing Case Management Software, NBI 2008
  • Disaster Planning for Solo Law Firms, King County Bar Association, 2005
  • Handling Boundary and Neighbor Disputes, Washington State Bar Association, 2002
  • Reviewing Residential Purchase and Sale Agreements, Washington State Bar, 2002

Associations, Community Activities and Awards

  • Washington State Bar—Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • King County Bar Association—Real Property, Probate and Trust
  • King County Bar Association—Appellate Law Section
  • Past President of Families with Children from China
  • “Rising Star” Washington Law and Politics Magazine

Education

  • Forty Hour Mediation Training—Dispute Resolution Center of King County, 2011
  • J.D. Willamette College of Law, 1991
  • B.A. Central Washington University, 1988 cum laude (history)