At Roche Freedman LLP, our team has a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation across a variety of practice areas. This experience allows us to address our client’s most complex legal and business challenges.
With Roche Freedman, clients can be confident that they’re being represented by litigators who can draw from a wealth of appellate experience, having appeared before both state and federal appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.
Our attorneys have briefed and argued numerous significant cases before both federal circuit courts and state appellate courts. Roche Freedman’s attorneys have achieved favorable results at the appellate level by aiding clients in upholding lower court victories and reversing lower court rulings. Our understanding of when best to take appeal, how to build the best record for appeal, and the exact issues to bring on appeal is why Roche Freedman attorneys are considered leaders in appellate practice.
Roche Freedman attorneys have extensive experience successfully representing clients in domestic and overseas arbitration proceedings spanning a wide array of various legal disputes. Appearing on behalf of clients as arbitration counsel is a significant part of Roche Freedman’s litigation practice. We have routinely secured favorable awards and settlements for clients as both claimants and respondents in their most sensitive and difficult matters.
While Roche Freedman is a young firm, our attorneys have come from our country’s most prominent firms for complex, bet-the-company disputes. We are routinely retained by top companies to handle breach of contract cases and other business disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. We have represented individuals as well as small and large businesses across a wide range of industries.
Complex Civil Litigation
Complex civil litigation and contractual disputes are the foundational practice of Roche Freedman. Our systematic approach to resolving our client’s most complex commercial disputes is drawn from our subject matter experience in areas including securities fraud; breach of contract; tortious interference; breach of fiduciary duty; Delaware corporate disputes; products liability; and many others.
At our very core, we are a collection of some of our countries most accomplished trial lawyers. With a specialty in litigating complex commercial cases throughout the country, Roche Freedman routinely achieves favorable verdicts for clients across a wide array of cases including contract, whistleblower, fraud, unfair competition, antitrust, RICO, class actions, securities and structured financial instruments, corporate governance, trade secrets, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and many others. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, blockchain and cryptocurrency technology companies, cannabis companies, large banks and other financial services firms, insurance companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, telecommunication companies, large and small companies in the pharmaceutical, health care, energy, manufacturing, and technology sectors, start-ups, classes of consumers and retail investors, and individuals.
Our immersive approach to understanding our client’s business and the complexities surrounding any dispute, allows us to strategically maneuver ahead of our opposition. This approach provides clients a unique advantage not afforded to them elsewhere and positions us to capitalize on our legal prowess to achieve favorable results while also considering the potential exposure for our clients.
RF’s legal team has broad experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex class actions in federal courts nationwide. The experience spans securities, commodities, antitrust, fraud-based, and consumer-protection claims across an assortment of industries.
RF’s attorneys have clerked for federal judges nationwide and have represented plaintiffs and defendants in an array of class actions across sectors. Drawing on that experience, RF’s attorneys offer a strategic insight into every procedural and substantive nuance of complex class actions. Whether a plaintiffs’ class or a Fortune 500 Company, RF’s clients receive the highest caliber of legal representation in complex litigation. Currently, RF is counsel or co-counsel in 15 class actions at varying procedural stages in federal courts nationwide.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology
Founding Partner Kyle W. Roche is a recognized thought leader in the cryptocurrency arena and has published multiple articles on the intersection of cryptocurrency and law. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topic, having guest-lectured a course at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Mr. Roche and Founding Partner and Co-Chair Devin “Velvel” Freedman, who has also spoken and lectured on the intersection of law and cryptocurrency, are currently representing the estate of Dave Kleiman in a suit against Kleiman’s former business partner Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed inventor of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. They and other attorneys at RF bring to bear a unique level of expertise and experience with cryptocurrency issues, which is especially important given the lack of firm legal precedent in the field.
The firm’s attorneys are currently litigating numerous cryptocurrency cases against multi-national defendants. RF has been appointed as lead counsel in the seminal cryptocurrency class actions, Leibowitz et al. v. iFinex Inc. et al. (S.D.N.Y.), Clifford et al. v. Tron Foundation et al. (S.D.N.Y.), Clifford v. Bibox et al., (S.D.N.Y.), Lee et al. v. Binance et al. (S.D.N.Y.), and Williams v. KuCoin et al (S.D.N.Y.).
Our attorneys broadly represent insurers and reinsurers in complex claims and disputes, primarily involving commercial-based policies. Our experience ranges from defending a major insurer at trial regarding multibillion dollar 9/11 World Trade Center-based claims, to representing insurers in disputes regarding reinsurance coverage, to representing major insurers in complex tax-related disputes. The firm has a special expertise and focus in the area of “reps and warranties” insurance policy coverage evaluation and dispute resolution, and represents numerous major insurers in this space.
Public Interest & Pro Bono
Roche Freedman is committed to making a difference by taking on pro bono matters that focus on creating a better and more just world. Through our commitment to the ACLU and some of our nation’s leading environmental initiatives, our firm is dedicated to making sure that all voices are heard.
Shareholder & Securities
RF’s legal team has the experience and sophistication to navigate securities litigation of any size, scope, or level of complexity. RF attorneys have represented publicly-traded international corporations defending against securities class actions. RF attorneys have also prosecuted securities class actions on behalf of sophisticated investors. Through those multifaceted roles, RF’s legal team has amassed the expertise to navigate every challenge posed by complex securities litigation under the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, RF’s legal team appreciates and strategically utilizes the procedural and substantive arguments that will make or break viable causes of actions under the securities laws.
RF was appointed as lead counsel in the securities fraud class actions, In re Qutoutiao Inc. Sec. Litig., (S.D.N.Y.), Chapman v. Fennec Pharma Inc. et al., (M.D.N.C.), Garcia v. J2 Global, Inc. et al., (C.D. Cal.), In re Sona Nanotech, Inc. Sec. Litig., (C.D. Cal.), Lowry v. RTI Surgical Holdings, Inc. et al. (N.D. Ill.), and Hartel v. Geo Group, Inc. et al. (S.D. Fla.).
Our attorneys are renowned for their trial expertise because we are above all, trial lawyers. Our team has come from some of the very best trial practices across the country, whether leading prosecutions on behalf of the Department of Justice or conducting some of our nation’s largest private disputes.
While often trial can be avoided through pre-trial settlements, our focus on preparing all litigations to be taken to verdict demonstrates our willingness and commitment to see our clients’ cases through trial. From day one, this approach helps build an underlying record focused on making sure our case is well-positioned should trial be necessary. We have the experience and resolve to take even the most difficult cases to verdict and our adversaries know this from the onset.
Our clients can rely on our strength in litigation and can call upon us at any time, even up to the eve of trial. We routinely are brought in at the eleventh hour to ensure a client’s success at trial and have the experience necessary to seamlessly integrate into your existing litigation team as trial counsel.
White Collar Defense, Whistleblower & Internal Investigations
Led by two former federal prosecutors, Katherine Eskovitz and Eric Rosen, Roche Freedman regularly defends individuals and companies in high-profile investigations and prosecutions nationwide. In today’s cross-border world, businesses and individuals are faced with having to navigate an ever-changing regulatory landscape fraught with regulators that are quick to push matters before enforcement agencies with potentially devastating consequences for both the businesses and individuals. Roche Freedman will assist companies and individuals in investigating matters, defending themselves during regulatory investigations, and taking matters to trial, if needed.
Roche Freedman attorneys have consistently been at the forefront of some of our nation’s largest criminal investigations and prosecutions. Partner Eric Rosen was the lead federal prosecutor in Operation Varsity Blues, the seminal case concerning fraud and bribery in elite college admissions. Our team is uniquely talented and has the broad experience necessary to successfully navigate our clients’ most sensitive and complex investigative needs before agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and many state and local agencies. In addition, Roche Freedman has particular expertise navigating international and cross-border enforcement and regulatory issues.
Key areas of focus for our white-collar criminal defense and investigations include:
- Financial and securities fraud;
- Insider trading;
- Tax offenses;
- Money laundering;
- Bank and wire fraud;
- Commodities fraud;
- The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
- Corruption and bribery; and,
Representative experiences include:
- Defending individuals in insider trading investigations;
- Representing individual in money laundering investigation;
- Representing individuals in civil asset forfeiture proceedings;
- Defending individual in cryptocurrency investigation and asset seizures;
- Defending individuals in Massachusetts state police investigation;
- Assisting company in recovery of cryptocurrency stolen by hedge fund;
- Representation of hedge fund in large-scale internal investigation concerning insider trading;
- Representation of hedge fund executives in insider trading accusations before foreign stock exchange;
- Representation of individual before FINRA for “failure to supervise” accusations; and,
- Representation of whistleblower in filing complaint with SEC.