Edward F. Roche


  • JD, High Honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2014; Order of the Coif; editor in chief, North Carolina Law Review
  • Legal Practice Course, Commendation, BPP Law School, 2008
  • BA (Law), Oxford University, Worcester College, 2007


  • District of Columbia, 2015
  • Massachusetts, 2014

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • American Bar Association

Edward F. Roche


Ed Roche joined Ropes & Gray in 2015 as an associate in the litigation department. He represents clients in complex litigation at the trial, appellate, and administrative levels in a broad range of subject areas.

Ed previously clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Memphis, Tennessee. During law school, he was the editor in chief of the North Carolina Law Review. Ed also externed with a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and with a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Before law school, Ed worked on defense teams for indigent clients facing the death penalty in several states and in the federal system. As an undergraduate, Ed obtained a law degree in his native England.


  • Defends directors against shareholder derivative actions alleging securities violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and various related claims in state and federal courts.
  • Provided advice on First Amendment arguments for a news website to raise in appealing trial verdicts obtained by a public figure based on the website’s news report.
  • Represents major multinational technology company in responding to regulators’ allegations of antitrust violations.
  • Represents major pharmaceutical company in investigation in response to federal government subpoena seeking information on compliance with Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Williams v. Lew – __ F. 3d __, 2016 WL 1612804 (D.C. Cir. 2016) – Represented client in case orally argued before the D.C. Circuit raising novel standing issues regarding the constitutionality of the Debt Limit Statute.
  • Provided advice to university on potential antitrust dispute concerning the competitive opportunities open to the university’s athletic program.
  • Represent voting rights organization litigating constitutional and statutory civil rights claims in federal court to stop a state preventing access to public voter registration records.
  • Filed amicus briefs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a prison conditions case and the Board of Immigration Appeals in an asylum case.


  • Author, “Acts, Acquiescence, and Asylum: The Material Support Bar Under Barahona v. Holder,” 92 North Carolina Law Review 316 (2014)
  • Author, “Due Process by Proxy: United States v. Brehm and the Problem of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Over Foreign Nationals,” 91 North Carolina Law Review 1463 (2013)