Many businesses know they can count on Michael T. Roche for their commercial litigation needs.
Roche, 39, is a partner at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. He is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law, where he was a member of Loyola’s Law Review.
As a litigator, Roche has obtained several arbitration awards for clients in cases before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also recently secured a judgment in excess of $1 million for a breach of contract matter in state court.
John J. Rock, of Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC, first met Roche 16 years ago, when Roche was a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Rock was an assistant state’s attorney working in narcotics.
“Immediately, I knew Mike was a cut above the rest. He was a self-starter, organized and fully dedicated to making our job easier,” Rock said. “Those same traits I observed those many years ago are still present today. Mike has come into his own and has demonstrated skill and acumen in representing his clients.”
Rock said Roche’s integrity is above reproach, adding he plays by the rules and treats his adversaries with respect.
“His constant goal is to secure the best possible outcome for his client – but not at the expense of his reputation or in any way that would compromise the tenets of our profession,” Rock said.
A long-time attorney, who previously worked with Roche but is now general counsel and corporate director for an international supplier of medical products, commended Roche for his work ethic, intellect, balance and judgment in approaching complex problems.
The attorney said Roche has participated in several significant litigation matters for the company, and has been instrumental in obtaining excellent results.
“The cases Mike has been involved in encompass a diverse range of commercial litigation – from labor and employment law, to breach of contract, fraud, ERISA, trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty matters,” the attorney said.
Another in-house attorney for a Fortune 500 company met Roche over a year ago. She said she hired Roche on numerous matters because of his ability as a skilled commercial litigator to lead her through disputes with customers with whom they have loans.
“I cannot speak highly enough of Mike’s responsiveness to everyone at our company,” the attorney said. “He is equally responsive to members of our legal department and to our business people and communicates effectively no matter with whom he is speaking.”
Another attorney who serves an in-house counsel for a global bank also often turns to Roche for assistance, and called him a first-rate litigator and counselor.
“Mike is a critical resource and a key partner – we are truly fortunate to have him on our team,” the attorney said.
United States Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim, with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, lives in same parish in Evanston as Roche. He said his peer’s contributions to the community are significant.
“Every year, Mike organizes several activities for the parishioners, from organizing children’s activities, to trips to the Southside of Chicago to support a local high school,” Kim said.
Roche is also active in the alumni associations for Marquette University and Loyola Academy, and has served as a volunteer baseball and football coach for the past several years.