James E. Roach

Senior Attorney

James Roach has an active litigation practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, real property, collections, labor and employment, and complex litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration. He also drafts commercial contracts and leases for large and small businesses. In addition, Mr. Roach has extensive experience in litigating business tort cases, including cases involving non-competition agreements, unfair competition, tortious interference, and trade secrets.

Mr. Roach is admitted to practice in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the District of Colorado.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Real Property


Labor & Employment Law

Complex Litigation

Commercial Contracts


University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1994)

Idaho State University (B.S. Economics and B.A. Philosophy, high honors, 1991)

Publications & Lectures

Frequent presenter to attorneys, businesses, and employers outlining the steps to protect a company's trade secrets, goodwill, and other intangible assets from competitors and disloyal employees, including:

Drafting and Enforcing Noncompete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants (Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law Section, Co-Presenter, 2000)

Covenants Not To Compete and Confidentiality Agreements (Institute of Continuing Legal Education's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2003; Original Equipment Suppliers Association Legal Issues Council, 2003)

Business Torts (Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Masters In Litigation Series, Co-presenter, 2003)

Professional Activities

General Counsel for the National Association of Home Inspectors

Approved instructor for the State of Michigan; regularly teaches real estate law classes to real estate agents as part of the continuing education requirements for licensed agents


State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Livingston County Bar Association

Washtenaw County Bar Association