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James E. Roach

Senior Counsel, Detroit
t: 248.540.7082
f: 248.540.8059


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, James has extensive experience in litigating business tort cases, including cases involving non-competition agreements, unfair competition, tortious interference, and trade secrets.

James is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 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.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association

Community 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



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • 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)


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