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Edward F. Roche

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Cheryl Baber
Phone: 919.838.2023


Ed Roche joined Smith Anderson’s Litigation practice group in 2019. He has experience in general business litigation spanning a variety of substantive areas of law, and has advised clients in a wide range of industry sectors including technology, health care, insurance, financial services, energy, media government, universities and non-profits.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Ed was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of a global law firm.

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • British-American Business Council, Triangle Chapter

Editor in Chief, North Carolina Law Review



Litigation experience Ed gained prior to joining Smith Anderson:

  • Defended directors against shareholder derivative actions alleging securities violations, breaches of fiduciary duties and various related claims in state and federal courts.
  • Represented mutual fund advisors against claims of excessive fees.
  • Advised a university on potential antitrust dispute concerning the competitive opportunities open to the university’s athletic program.
  • Represented 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.
  • Served 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 efforts to assist detained immigrants.

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Speaking Engagements


  • Co-Presenter, "Where Can We Be Sued? The Evolving Landscape of Personal Jurisdiction," Webinar hosted by CELESQ
  • Presenter, "Becoming an Attorney: From High School to Law School and Beyond," College Readiness Seminar Series Presented by VT Seva

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 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 Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee


  • University of North Carolina, J.D., with high honors, 2014
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Oxford, Worcester College, B.A., Law, 2007


  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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