John R. Roche, Partner
Mr. Roche graduated from the University of Delaware with honors and double majored in Political Science and History. After college, Mr. Roche attended University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he served as an Articles Editor for the University of Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law, worked as a research assistant, and clerked for a reputable Baltimore litigation firm.
During law school Mr. Roche gained litigation experience by participating in, and later helping to supervise, the University of Maryland Consumer Protection Clinic. While going to court as a Rule 16 attorney, Mr. Roche learned how a good lawyer can decisively change the outcome for a client – even in situations where the game appears rigged against the individual.
After graduating University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law cum laude in 2012, Mr. Roche began his career with a reputable regional defense firm. There he worked as a defense attorney for other professionals and was frequently the lawyer’s lawyer. Defending numerous legal malpractice and grievance matters underlined the importance of ethics in the practice of law.
Mr. Roche next worked at a Baltimore based plaintiff’s civil litigation firm from 2013-2019. Mr. Roche quickly assumed an active leadership role within that firm’s burgeoning civil litigation and personal injury practice before ultimately departing to open Ballenger & Roche.
Mr. Roche uses the civil justice system to obtain monetary relief for individuals who are seriously injured or victimized. Mr. Roche has recovered millions for his clients and has received numerous legal honors including the prestigious Super Lawyers “Rising Star” designation for 2017-2019 and 2021. Mr. Roche represents individuals who are injured in automobile accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and from defective products. Mr. Roche also handles general negligence matters, consumer protection, contract disputes, and appeals.
Mr. Roche has achieved outstanding results in negotiations, State and Federal trial courts, and in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Mr. Roche’s appellate cases have resulted in reported opinions that formed new legal precedent in Maryland.
Mr. Roche currently resides with his wife and son in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore City.
J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2012
B.A., University of Delaware, Newark, 2009
Cum Laude – Double Major
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal District Court of Maryland, 2016
Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
Distinguished Lawyer, Expert Network, 2018
Top 40 Under 40, Litigation Lawyers in the State of Maryland, 2018
Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
Committees and Organizations
Board Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City LRIS Service Committee, 2016 to Present
Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates, 2016 to Present
Licensed Member, Federal Bar – District Court of Maryland, 2016 to Present
Consumer Law Attorney Mentor, Baltimore City Bar Association, 2016 to Present
Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2013 to Present
Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 2013 to Present
Primary Practice Areas
- Worker’s Compensation
- Slip-and-Fall Liability
- Police Brutality
- False Arrest/ Wrongful Incarceration