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Edward F. Roche

Attorney
AA Contact Info

Cheryl Baber
Phone: 919.838.2023
cbaber@smithlaw.com

Overview

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.

* NOT ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

American Bar Association

Editor in Chief, North Carolina Law Review

Experience

Experience

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

News & Publications

Publications

  • 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)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • 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 Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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

Education

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

Clerkships

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