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Christopher A. Roach

Special Counsel

I like to win, and winning requires planning. I put a lot of thought into doing things in an efficient, strategic, and organized way. I always aim to steer matters towards a favorable resolution rather than just reacting. Having handled matters as both plaintiff and defendant on a wide range of subjects, I’m comfortable with almost any conceivable commercial dispute and unafraid of the courtroom and trials. From the highly technical work of research and motion practice, to the rough-and-tumble world of depositions and trials, I have the right experience, and I’m willing and happy to fight for my clients. When something is high stakes, when something requires intellectual acumen, and when clients need someone to go to war for them, I’m the person they call.

Christopher A. Roach represents clients in a wide range of disputes, including trucking accident defense and complex foreclosure and real estate cases, as well as breach of contract, creditor's rights, products liability, and personal injury matters. His diverse practice also encompasses cases involving telecommunications, asbestos, tobacco, fraud, and medical malpractice issues. With a strong familiarity with the “alphabet soup” of federal consumer rights’ statutes, Chris handles complex defense litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and Truth in Lending Act (TILA).

Chris began his legal career clerking for a federal judge in Dallas, Texas, the Honorable Sidney Fitzwater, and this experience of being on the other side of the bench gave him a much deeper understanding of what the key courtroom decision makers are concerned about and which arguments will succeed and how to frame them accordingly. Placing a premium on the essential role that strong, clear communication and writing skills play in the legal realm, Chris crafts his written advocacy with great care and publishes frequently on litigation topics.

Having lived and worked in several states, Chris is able to relate to people of many different backgrounds, employing diplomacy that has proven helpful in gaining advantageous settlements and defusing some of the more emotionally contentious cases he takes on. Equally comfortable on the street, the library, and the courtroom, he routinely makes cold calls and knocks on the doors of potential witnesses in his tenacious hunt for information that will help favorably resolve his clients’ cases.

My greatest achievement as an attorney has been to find success in situations that were dismissed as almost certain failures.

Education

  • University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lawyer of the Year, Are You Safe, Inc., 2012

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association 
  • The Florida Bar, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B” (Vice Chairman 2014-2016) 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • Tampa Bay Catholic Lawyer’s Guild 
  • Military Affairs Council, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, Veterans Employment Committee 2012-2014) 
  • Florida Collectors Association, Board Member
  • William Reece Smith, Jr., Litigation American Inn of Court, Master Member

Chris’ representative experience includes:
• Defense verdict as sole trial counsel for national bank in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a secured loan in a dispute arising from a contractor’s lien.
• Trial experience representing lenders and special servicers in multiple foreclosure matters involving retail and commercial properties.
• Secured summary judgment upheld on appeal for defendant in seven-figure fraud claim against residential mortgage servicer.
• Defended national trucking companies in complex accident matters involving severe injuries among multiple plaintiffs.
• Advocated for banks, mortgage servicers, utilities, and collection agencies in multiple lawsuits involving TCPA, FDCPA, FCCPA, FCRA, and TILA claims.
• Responsible for medical and factual investigations and expert witness preparation for tobacco manufacturer in Engle product liability litigation.
• Represented national telecommunications company in e-discovery dispute in which court ordered reimbursement of discovery expenses under Zubulake factors.

Chris' publications include:
'Picking Off' Class Representatives Obtains Mixed Results In Lower Courts After Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, Washington Legal Foundation Advocate for Freedom and Justice, July 2017
Will Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts Become Extinct? Co-Author, ABA Section of Litigation – Products Liability Practice Points, July 2016
After Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, Can a Complete Settlement Offer Moot a Potential Class Action? Washington Legal Foundation, April 2016
SCOTUS to TCPA Defendants: Offer of Complete Relief to Lead Plaintiff is No Easy Out from Class Actions; Adams and Reese Client Alert, January 2016
Supreme Court Takes on Housing Discrimination; Adams and Reese Client Alert, August 2015
The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe, Journal of Property Rights in Transition, March 22, 2013
Residential Mortgage Foreclosure: Burdens of Proof, Real Defenses, Blind Alleys, and Recent Developments, Parts I and II, Orange County Bar Association, Vol.'s 78 and 79, Issues No. 5 and No. 6 of The Briefs, May and June 2010
Avoiding Antitrust Risk When Settling Intellectual Property Litigation, 42nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas November 2004