Bard D. Rockenbach

Before forming Burlington & Rockenbach, P.A., Bard practiced for three insurance defense law firms in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and West Palm Beach. He started handling appeals early in his career and since then has over 250 published decisions. He is an avid road cyclist, cook and enjoys all things involving boats.


University of Florida, B.S., Accounting

Stetson University College of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar, 1988

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Unites States Supreme Court


Palm Beach County Bar Association

    • Technology Committee, 1997-2017
      • Chairman, 1997-2017

Florida Justice Association, 2005 - Present

Chairman, Appellate Practice Section 2013-14

Palm Beach County Justice Association. 2005 - Present

Board Certification

Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice, 1995 to present

Awards and Recognition

Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2017

Finalist – Most Effective Lawyers (Appellate Practice), 2009, Daily Business Review

S. Victor Tipton Award for Legal Writing, 2007

2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Tier 1 Ranking of Best Law Firms

Publications and Presentations

The Difficult Concept of “Suggesting” a Death,

The Journal of the Florida Justice Association, March/April 2018

An End to Medicaid Reimbursement Overreaching,

The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal, May 2006

Spoliation of Evidence: A Double-Edged Sword,

The Florida Bar Journal, November 2001

The Practical Limitations of the Economic Loss Rule,

The Florida Bar Journal, November 1995

Presenter, Workhorse Seminar, Florida Justice Association March 2017

Presenter, Masters of Justice Seminar, Florida Justice Association, 2015

Presenter, Masters of Justice Seminar, Florida Justice Association, 2014

Representative Cases

Paton v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 190 So. 3d 1047, 1048 (Fla. 2016)

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ciccone, 190 So. 3d 1028 (Fla. 2016)

Kitroser v. Hurt, 85 So. 3d 1084 (Fla. 2012)

Goheagan v. Am. Vehicle Ins. Co., 107 So. 3d 433 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)

Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Barbanell, 100 So. 3d 152 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)

Gamsen v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 68 So. 3d 290, 293 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)

U.S. v. Stevens, 994 So.2d 1062 (Fla. 2008)

Kirton v. Fields, 997 So. 2d 349 (Fla. 2008)

Assurance Co. of Am. v. Lucas Waterproofing Co., Inc., 581 F. Supp. 2d 1201, 1214 (S.D. Fla. 2008)

Ass'n of Disabled Americans v. Neptune Designs, Inc., 469 F.3d 1357, 1359 (11th Cir. 2006)