Rockforde D. King

Rockforde King

Rockforde D. King


(865) 525-5293


Rocky King practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, where his work extends to the following:

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury

Most of Rocky’s present practice is concentrated in Workers’ Compensation, where he has particular experience in the transportation industry.

Some interesting cases Rocky has been involved in include the following:

  • James H. Harness v. Bechtel Jacobs Company, LLC, et. al., No. E2006-00194-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. App. January 3, 2007)
  • Megan Arnold, et. al., v. Charles Arnold, et. al., No. E2001-00596-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. App. February 7, 2002)
  • Keith Johnson, et. ux., et. al., v. Fortunes Untold, Inc. d/b/a Easy Money Pawn Shop, et. al., No. 03A01-9710-CV-00464, 1998 WL 379186, at *1 (Tenn. App. July 8, 1998)
  • John R. Kreis, Inc. and National American Insurance Company vs. Janet Elizabeth Arons, et. al., Tenn. Supreme Court No. 03-S01-9701-CH-00058 decided September 30, 1997 by Justice E. Riley Anderson
  • Johnny Ownby vs. National American Insurance Company Tenn. Supreme Court No. 03S01-9604-CV-0037 decided December 19, 1996 by Justice E. Riley Anderson

As an attorney for the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, Rocky was a founding member of the Coalition of Food Industry Defense Counsel (COFIC), a group that defends and promotes the food industry interests at both manufacturing and retail levels. He has worked closely with such industry leaders as Bush Brothers, Inc., Campbell Soup, Dole, Gerber, Heinz, Hormel, Kraft, Quaker Oats, and Star Kist.

Rocky became board certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association accredited organization, in December 1995, and by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization in February 1996.

Before attending law school, he was a trainer with the University of Tennessee Athletic Department from 1977-1982, and was an authorized sports agent for the players’ associations of the NFL, NBA, and MLB for several years thereafter.

Rocky enjoys an “AV” rating, as voted by his peers, in the national Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, Trucking Industry Defense Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.

Rocky currently serves on the Board of Directors of The AD Foundation, the Director of the Kiwanis Club of Knoxville Inc.’s Fresh Air Camp, a camp for underprivileged children, and serving on the Board of Directors at West End Academy and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Knoxville, Inc.

Areas of Practice

Business Law:

Litigation: Workers’ Compensation, Insurance Defense and Coverage Matters, Personal Injury Litigation


J.D., University of Tennessee, 1985

B.A. Public Administration, University of Tennessee, 1981


Tennessee, 1985

U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court for Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court for Western District of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit;

U.S. Supreme Court


Board certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1995.

Board certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy

Recognized Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specailization since 1995.

Chosen member of The American College of Board Certified Attorneys in June, 2013.

Founding Member, Coalition of Food Industry Defense Counsel

Knox County General Sessions Special Judge, Pro Temp

Chairman, National Legislative Interest Committee, 1982-85

Graduate Student Council, 1982-85