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Robert M. (Randy) Roach, Jr. is the founding partner of Roach Newton, L.L.P., a very unique law and Judge-driven litigation boutique, with offices in Houston, Austin, Beaumont, and Rockport. Randy’s 38 years of practice have focused on his unique blend of appellate and trial practice, focusing on identifying, developing, and delivering winning legal arguments, based primarily on Tx. Sup. Ct. and 5th Circuit jurisprudence, in trial courts as well as appellate courts. The uniqueness of Randy’s practice is embodied in being both a member of the invitation-only American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as being board certified in both Civil Appeals and Personal Injury Trial by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Randy’s trial practice has included dozens of jury verdicts, in a wide variety of litigation, including professional negligence, breach of contract, fraud, indemnity, products, and premises liability.His main area of trial work has involved insurance disputes and punitive damages. While having previously handled complex coverage disputes across the country for insurers as well as insureds, for the last 23 years Randy has only represented major business insureds in coverage litigation. In addition, he has served as regional and national litigation counsel for several major corporations, particularly on winning legal issues, punitives, and insurance.
For the past 28 years, Randy has been an adjunct professor of law in appellate advocacy, and he teaches at both the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. He has been asked to make over 200 CLE presentations on topics such as appellate advocacy and procedure, winning legal arguments, contracts and fraud, insurance coverage and indemnity, products liability, professional negligence, law-based ADR, law-based lowering of litigation costs, and ethics. Of those 200 CLEs, over 70 focused on appellate practice, and 20 of those were on panels with judges, appellate and trial, regarding advocacy to judges on winning legal issues.
He has previously chaired the State Bar of Texas’ Appellate Section, the Houston Bar Appellate Section, and the Council of Chairs of the State Bar. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer and one of the top 100 lawyers in the Houston region. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law and Appellate Practice and in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business-Insurance. He is also listed as “Go-To” lawyer for Insurance Coverage Disputes on Linkedin. He is a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.
Randy received his undergraduate B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review. He won two senior moot court competitions, including the law school’s premier competition, the Hildebrand Moot Court Championship.
In addition to teaching appellate brief writing in law schools for almost 30 years, Randy has written dozens of amicus briefs for groups including API, PLAC, IADC, and numerous Fortune 200 companies. In law school, Randy not only wrote for the Texas Law Review, he also won best brief competitions. In high school, he won two writing competitions. Prior to law school, Randy worked as a writer and editor for both the U.S. Senate Nutrition Committee and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Randy is probably best known as a “go to” oral advocate, not only teaching oral advocacy for almost 30 years to law students and lawyers in CLEs, but also for authoring and revising the Chapter on Oral Argument to the Texas Supreme Court for the Texas Bar. An award-winning debater in college and high school, a two-time moot court champion in law school, Randy is frequently brought in to present or assist with oral arguments in cases previously briefed by other firms, in trial courts as well as appellate courts across the country.