Faculty & Staff

John R. Roach, Jr., J.D.

Adjunct Instructor

ELECTED OFFICIAL

State District Judge, 296th District Court, Collin County

Elected in March 2006 and took office January 2007. The Court is a general jurisdiction Court specializing in the areas of civil and family law.  Serves on the Collin County Purchasing Board, Collin County Technology Committee and the Collin County Security Committee.

Former City Council Member, City of Plano, Texas

Member of the City Council for a Texas home-rule city with a population of 231,000.  Elected at large.  Council Liaison to the Collin County Central Appraisal District, Sister City Committee, Joint Council/School Board Committee and North Texas Municipal Water District.

EMPLOYMENT

Adjunct, Southern Methodist University, Plano, Texas

Instructs graduate-level students in various areas of alternative dispute resolution processes including Arbitration, mediation, med/arb, summary jury trials and in-house dispute resolution programs. Subject areas include commercial litigation, business law, family law  and employment law.

 

Former Partner, Albin Harrison Roach, Attorneys at Law, Plano, Texas

Maintained offices in Plano, Frisco, Dallas and Austin. Represented individuals, families and business in General Civil Law including Medical Malpractice Insurance Defense, Municipal Law, Business and Corporate Law, Family Law, Land Use and Zoning, Wills, and Commercial and Business Litigation.  Also frequently retained as Local Counsel for parties in cases within the North Texas area.

  

Former Partner, Roach LLP, Attorneys at Law, Plano, Texas

Roach LLP specialized in General Civil Law including Medical Malpractice Insurance Defense, Municipal Law, Business and Corporate Law, Family Law, Land Use and Zoning, Wills, and Commercial and Business Litigation.  Roach LLP is also frequently retained as Local Counsel for parties in cases within the North Texas area.  Finally, Mr. Roach is often retained by lawyers to mediate civil and family law cases and has been appointed as court annexed mediator by county and district courts in Collin County having more than 270 hours of mediation training.

 

Former Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Legacy Services, L.L.C., Plano Texas

Conducted the day-to-day business operations and maintained complete corporate legal counsel responsibilities for two divisions of a computer consulting/software business. Included implementing corporate strategies for growth, personnel administration, logistical determination of the appropriate resources throughout the country, budgeting, marketing strategies, business development, and creation of legal business entities and contracts.

 

Former Attorney at Law, Cowles and Thompson, P.C., Dallas and McKinney, Texas

Specialized in insurance defense litigation primarily in the area of medical malpractice, products liability and automobile liability.  Maintained a lead counsel caseload of approximately 40 cases.  Tried numerous jury trials to verdict in justice of the peace, county and state district courts in Kaufman, Denton, Dallas and Collin Counties.

  

Former Director of Constituent Services, State Senator Florence Shapiro, Austin, Texas

Responsible for maintaining open communications between district constituents and State Senator's office in Austin.  Daily contact with district constituents regarding opinions and concerns on the local and state levels.  Assisted in developing correspondence and proposed legislation addressing concerns of constituents.  Liaison between constituents and state agencies on behalf of the Senator.

 

Former Communications Technician, Richardson Police Department, Richardson, Texas

State Certified 9-1-1 operator and dispatcher for the City of Richardson.   Responsible for 9-1-1 call taking and dispatching police units in response to various calls for service.  Received several departmental commendations for service.

MILITARY SERVICE
United States Marine Corps Reserves, Crash, Fire and Rescue Specialist
- Honorably Discharged
- Placed on Active Duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm
- Received National Defense Medal, Marine Corps Service Medal

EDUCATION
St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Graduated in top 12% of class
- Associate Editor, St. Mary's Law Journal
- Selected by Faculty as Mock Trial Advocate of the Year
- Faculty Teaching Assistant in Research and Writing, Criminal Law and Civil Procedure

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Bachelor of Arts in Government
- Minor, Speech Communications
- Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
- Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity

Forrester International Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
- Extensive study of Spanish language and Latin American culture

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
State Bar of Texas
Collin County Young Lawyers Association
- Founding Member

- Past Board of Directors

Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Young Lawyers Association
Collin County Bar Association

  

PROFESSIONAL ARTICLES
Bad Faith Litigation:  Texas Style
- Presented at Superior Insurance, Atlanta, Georgia
Products Liability, Premises Liability and Negligence Law in Texas
- Presented at Crum & Forrester Insurance, Plano, Texas

Filtering the Internet in our Public Library: One City's Perspective

- Presented at Local Government Seminar, Austin, Texas

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE/INVOLVEMENT
1998 Collin County Bond Committee/Facilities Subcommittee
Board of Directors, Rape Crisis Center of Collin County

- President, Board of Directors 1999-Present

- Member, Board of Directors 1998-1999

Collin County Community College District Committee of 100
Junior Achievement Consultant, Teach Leadership Class at Plano East Senior High
Leadership Plano, Class XVI
Member, Plano Chamber of Commerce
Member, First United Methodist Church of Plano, 1977-Present
Participant, Dallas County Volunteer Lawyers Program
Resident of Plano since 1973

Member, Plano West Rotary

Board of Directors, Plano Youth Leadership

Advisory Committee, Junior League of Plano

Board of Directors, Practical Parent Education

Member, Business Development Advisory Board for American National Bank

Chairman, City of Plano Memorial Day Committee