December 3, 2012
ADD IMAGE Michael J. Roach
Attorney Michael J. Roach, a partner in the Buffalo, N.Y. firm of Connors & Vilardo LLP, became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the group’s recent annual meeting in New York City. The induction ceremony took place at the Waldorf-Astoria before an audience of nearly 1,100 on October 20.
Fellowship is by invitation only and follows a rigorous background investigation. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Fellowship is extended only “to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.”
A graduate of Nichols School and Williams College, Roach received his J.D. magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. While in law school, he served as assistant executive editor of the Buffalo Law Review and also received the Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Techniques. Roach received the Bar Association of Erie County’s annual Dougherty Award for professionalism in June of this year.
Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Founded in 1950, the College selects lawyers from all areas of trial practice so that it can “speak with a balanced voice on issues affecting the administration of justice.” The group works to improve the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the trial profession.