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Denise L. Rocawich

Denise L. Rocawich


Denise Rocawich is a partner in the Litigation Department of the firm. Ms. Rocawich practices in both state and federal court representing various municipalities, and their respective police departments, throughout California.

Prior to joining Jones & Mayer, Ms. Rocawich was an associate in the litigation practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP representing numerous public entities and their respective police departments in a variety of capacities. Ms. Rocawich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of LaVerne in 2001 receiving her Bachelor of Arts in political science. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2004 graduating in the top 15% of her class. She joined Jones & Mayer in 2010.

Ms. Rocawich's practice includes defense of police officers and police agencies in civil rights actions, such as actions alleging excessive force, drafting of police policy and procedure, defense of Pitchess motions, as well as advising police agencies on daily issues that arise during the course of performing law enforcement duties. In her capacity in representing law enforcement, Ms. Rocawich also files a number of Amicus briefs, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and United States Supreme Court notifying the courts of the practical effects of their decisions on law enforcement officers throughout the State.

She is a member of several professional organizations including the California Peace Officers' Association, California Bar Association (Litigation Section), the Federal Bar Association (Inland Empire Chapter), and the American Bar Association (Litigation Section).


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA 2004, Dean's Honor List 2002, 2003 and 2004
  • B.A., Political Science, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA 2001, Magna Cum Laude, Alpha Chi Honor Society Member


  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter
  • California Peace Officers' Association