Patrick T. Roath


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2014; Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize; James Kent Scholar; editor-in-chief, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • BA, magna cum laude, Tufts University, 2009


  • Massachusetts, 2014

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2017
  • Honorable William J. Kayatta Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2015 - 2016)
  • Vice Chairman, Advisory Board, Common Cause Massachusetts
  • Member, Board of Directors, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems

Patrick T. Roath


Patrick Roath first joined Ropes & Gray in 2014 as an associate in the litigation and enforcement group. He rejoined Ropes & Gray in 2016 following a yearlong clerkship with Judge William J. Kayatta Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Patrick represents clients in complex civil matters at all stages of litigation and enforcement proceedings. He has experience advising clients on a wide variety of subjects, including securities fraud class actions, shareholder litigation, SEC enforcement matters, data privacy litigation, and insider trading investigations.

Patrick maintains an active pro bono practice with a particular focus on advancing voting rights. He is Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of Common Cause Massachusetts. Before attending law school, Patrick served as an aide to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and a Fulbright English teaching fellow in rural Malaysia.


  • Argued cases in federal district and appellate courts. 
  • Represents investment advisers in SEC inquiries and enforcement actions. 
  • Represents multiple clients at various stages of active state and federal litigation, including before the Supreme Court.
  • Represents clients in investigations brought by various state attorneys general.
  • Part of litigation team that successfully represented public company in appellate stage of securities class action.
  • Part of litigation team that successfully represented Massachusetts voters suing state to compel compliance with federal voting rights statute, reaching settlement.
  • Part of litigation team representing Massachusetts voters seeking to overturn Massachusetts twenty-day voter registration cutoff deadline.  


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