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 Circuit
  • 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 represents clients in complex litigation at the trial, appellate and administrative levels. He also represents clients in investigations and subpoena responses, and advises clients prior to the initiation of litigation. Ed’s work spans a wide variety of subject areas and industry sectors.

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. 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.
  • Represents mutual fund advisors against claims of excessive fees.
  • Advised a university on a potential antitrust dispute concerning the competitive opportunities open to the university's athletic program.
  • Represents multinational technology companies responding to regulators' allegations of antitrust violations.
  • 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.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in an investigation launched in response to a federal government subpoena seeking information on compliance with Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Serves as counsel to the American Bar Association and individual plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Department of Education, challenging the department’s conduct in relation to the Public Interest Loan Forgiveness Program.
  • Wrote briefs and delivered arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of a federal habeas petitioner.
  • Represented a voting rights organization litigating constitutional and statutory civil rights claims in federal court to stop a state preventing access to public voter registration records.
  • Coordinated nationwide litigation effort to assist detained immigrants.


  • 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)
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