Carolyn D. Roch

cdroch@hughesroch.com

D: 713.588.0891

 

2929 Allen Parkway, Suite 1520

Houston, Texas 77019

Carolyn D. Roch

Partner

Carolyn is a trial lawyer who specializes in complex commercial litigation. Carolyn first began trying cases as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office after graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1994. During her time with the District Attorney’s Office, she first chaired more than fifty jury trials and successfully argued multiple appellate matters.

In 1998, Ms. Roch began her commercial litigation practice. Since that time, she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, including Fortune 500 companies and individuals. With her wide array of business litigation experience, Ms. Roch has particular expertise in employment, unfair competition and securities litigation. Carolyn defends corporations in discrimination, covenant not to compete and trade secret cases and represents individuals in executive compensation, breach of contract and wrongful termination cases. Carolyn also conducts employment investigations and routinely handles race discrimination, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA and retaliation suits. Carolyn’s securities practice includes representing brokerage firms in recruiting and raiding cases as well as investor actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

While Ms. Roch is a seasoned trial lawyer, she is also a counselor and advisor to her clients. Carolyn’s insight, diligence and interpersonal skills enable her to understand her client’s objectives and business needs. Carolyn works to find creative and cost-effective solutions for her clients.

Carolyn practices in state and federal courts throughout Texas and has successfully arbitrated multiple matters. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly Magazine and a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by H Texas Magazine. Carolyn was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1991, Honors, Liberal Arts Honors and Special Honors in English
  • University of Salamanca, Spain (1989)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Washington State Bar
  • Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western District of Texas
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • Obtained numerous temporary restraining orders and injunctions for clients in various industries, including brokerage firms, oil and gas companies and product manufacturers.
  • Representation of international energy company against former head of U.S. Operations for misappropriation of trade secrets and raiding a team of key employees.
  • Representation of Health Care Corporation against former President in a breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and non-competition case.
  • Representation of manufacturing company against a former recruiter for breach of recruiting contract and solicitation of company’s employees.
  • Representation of international drilling company against former President for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-competition agreement.
  • Representation of a group of physicians in non-competition matter against their former partners.
  • Representation of an international drilling company in a non-compete case involving theft of trade secrets, the improper solicitation of the company’s key employees and breach of contract related to the acquisition of a multi-million dollar business unit.
  • Representation of Bank President in an unfair competition case.
  • Representation of President of National Insurance Company in a misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and non-competition matter.
  • Representation of international drilling company against former VP Finance in non-competition, non-solicitation and breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Counsel for Chief Financial Officer of a major energy corporation in an executive compensation dispute involving complex accounting issues.
  • Served as Regional counsel for Health Care Corporation.

Employment Litigation

  • Handled numerous employment investigations involving race discrimination, sexual harassment, sex discrimination and age discrimination.
  • Representation of national trucking company in race discrimination matter.
  • Representation of international products manufacturer in national origin and race discrimination case.
  • Representation of an energy executive in a Sabine Pilot and defamation action involving the fraudulent booking of oil and gas reserves.
  • Routinely called upon to advise corporations and individuals in a variety of employment related issues.

Securities Litigation

  • Representation of national securities firm against former head of Commodities Trading division in unfair competition, raiding and tortious interference case.
  • Representation of national and regional banks in unfair competition cases.
  • Representation of retail brokerage firms and registered representatives in investigations, litigation and arbitration before FINRA (formerly NASD), NYSE and AAA
  • Routinely called upon to counsel individual financial consultants during transition.
  • Represented securities brokerage firms in multiple raiding, tortious interference and non-compete cases.
  • Obtained numerous temporary restraining orders and injunctions on behalf of retail brokerage firms.
  • Defended securities brokerage firm in research fraud claims.
  • Arbitrated multiple promissory note cases on behalf of national securities firms.

Products Liability Litigation

  • Served as Texas counsel for manufacturer of component parts.
  • Served as Texas counsel for California manufacturer of float valves and assemblies.
  • Representation of international manufacturer in multi-million dollar dispute involving allegedly defective product.

Community Involvement

  • Gulf Coast Literary Magazine, Board of Directors
  • Houston Achievement Place, Board of Directors
  • Recipe for Success, Board of Directors
  • The Houston Seminar, Board of Directors
  • Founding Co-Chair of 1st Act, the Alley Theater’s Young Professional Group