Patrick Roath is a litigator in the firm’s Boston office. Patrick represents clients in complex matters at all stages of litigation and enforcement proceedings. He has argued cases in federal trial and appellate courts, and frequently advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Patrick has particularly broad experience in capital markets, and has worked on multiple initial public offerings in a transactional capacity.

Patrick maintains a robust pro bono voting rights practice. In April 2020, he organized and successfully litigated a constitutional challenge to restrictive Massachusetts ballot access laws in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrick chairs the state advisory board of Common Cause Massachusetts.

Patrick clerked for Judge William J. Kayatta Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and was previously an aide to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


  • 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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