Jan 2005 - Present
University of Virginia School of Law
For more than seventeen years, Phillip A. Bock has been an attorney in Chicago, Illinois. Bock currently serves as the manager and managing attorney of his law firm, Bock Law Firm, LLC, doing business as Bock & Hatch, LLC. Mr. Bock concentrates his law practice in representing consumers and plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits. Mr. Bock has been appointed class counsel in more than 40 class-action lawsuits. He currently concentrates the firm’s efforts at representing persons who receive unsolicited advertisements by fax (“junk faxes”) or by text message (“junk texts”) in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and in violation of state consumer-protection statutes, such as the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act. Mr. Bock and his team of seven other attorneys pursue such claims on behalf of clients in Illinois, and frequently assist lawyers in other states in pursuing claims on behalf of clients in their states. Phillip Bock has represented hundreds of clients in his long legal career, acting in a number of roles to achieve successful results for named plaintiffs and absent members of certified classes. His responsibilities include not only firm management, but also drafting legal complaints, briefing and arguing motions in the trial courts and district courts, briefing and arguing appeals, and negotiating settlements. Mr. Bock is a lead attorney on many pending class-action suits, and litigates on behalf of certified classes as well as on behalf of putative classes where class certification has not yet been decided. Phillip Bock has worked on such class-action cases as Duenas v. Beck (alleging racial discrimination and interference with contract), Chin v. Chicago Title (alleging overcharges in connection with home sales and purchases, real property transfers, and refinancing), Defrates v. Hollywood Video (alleging late fees were unlawful penalties), Hall v. Sprint (alleging early termination fees were unlawful penalties), and Eclipse v. U.S. Compliance and Hartford Insurance (alleging unsolicited junk faxes and insurance coverage for those claims). Sometimes, absent class members cannot be located, or they choose not to claim their share of settlement funds. In many such cases, Mr. Bock and the Bock Law Firm d/b/a Bock & Hatch, LLC have worked to convince defendants and insurers to pay, and courts to award, remaining funds to charitable organizations, such as the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Lake County Bar Foundation, Prairie State Legal Services, and Windy City Habitat for Humanity, as cy pres awards. Before managing the Chicago-based Bock Law Firm, Phillip A Bock completed a thorough course of higher education. At Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Bock earned his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in political science and business administration. During his time as a student, Mr. Bock showed great leadership potential as president of the Augustana Pre-Law Club, and he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. After that, he obtained his Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in political science, and then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Although he is licensed to practice only in Illinois and Florida, Phillip Bock is authorized to practice in association with local attorneys before a number of courts at the federal level, including the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, and United States District Courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Bock is a current member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, and the 7th Circuit Bar Association, and he is a past member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
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