Ms. Rocks' practice focuses on commercial financing, including secured transaction and bankruptcy law. Ms. Rocks joined the firm in 1980 and became counsel in 1990. She received a J.D. degree in 1979 from Columbia University, where she was a member of the Law Review. She received an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Susquehanna University in 1975.
Ms. Rocks currently serves on the TriBar Committee on Legal Opinions and participated in the preparation of TriBar’s original and updated reports on security interest opinions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”). She is the ABA Advisor to the Drafting Committee for the Article 8 Companion Act to the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Ms. Rocks previously served as Chair of the Task Force on Cleared Swaps of the ABA Business Law Section UCC Committee, as Co-chair of the Investment Securities Sub-Committee of the UCC Committee and as Chair of the International Commercial Law Subcommittee of the UCC Committee. From 2005 through 2008 she served as ABA Liaison-Advisor to the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code. Ms. Rocks also served on the Subcommittee on Investment Securities’ Task Force on Proposed Treasury Regulations Governing Book-Entry Securities. She served as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Market Transactions Advisory Committee, established to advise ways in which to reduce risk in the efficient clearance and settlement of market transactions, which issued its final report in 1997.
Ms. Rocks participated on behalf of EMTA (formerly the Emerging Markets Traders Association) in UNIDROIT projects to create Netting Principles and the Convention On Substantive Rules For Intermediated Securities and in the development by The Hague Conference on Private International Law of the Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with Intermediaries. She served on the Subcommittee on Legal Issues of the Group of 30 Global Monitoring Committee (2005) and participated as an industry expert in connection with the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade.
Ms. Rocks is co-author of The ABC's of the UCC, Article 8: Investment Securities, Second Edition. She is a frequent speaker on Articles 8 and 9 of the UCC and related international initiatives.
Ms. Rocks is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is a member of the Bar in New York.