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Justin H. Roeber

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Mr. Roeber is counsel in K&L Gates' New York office and a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice group.

Mr. Roeber’s practice involves the representation of individuals and corporate entities in a broad range of commercial litigation and business disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Roeber has litigated matters in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as in the Delaware Chancery Court. In addition, Mr. Roeber has experience with internal investigations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration and mediation.

Specifically, Mr. Roeber has extensive experience with breach of contract “deal” litigation arising from complex commercial transactions, nation-wide class action defense work, and defense of stockholder derivative suits. Mr. Roeber has litigated matters on behalf of clients from a wide range of industries, including financial services, insurance, real estate, and consumer electronics.

Mr. Roeber has also engaged in substantial pro bono work, including the representation of juveniles and asylum-seekers in immigration court, victims of domestic violence in New York family court, and victims of “revenge porn” through K&L Gates’ Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project.

Professional Background

While at K&L Gates, Mr. Roeber had the opportunity to work full-time for the in-house counsel division at Barclays Wealth Americas during a six-month secondment. During his time at Barclays, Mr. Roeber worked with the in-house counsel team to manage the company’s litigation docket, address investor complaints, and respond to FINRA, SEC, and other agency inquiries.

Since joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Roeber has represented firm clients in complex commercial litigation matters in a variety of trial and appellate forums, including the state and/or federal courts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, California, and Maryland. Mr. Roeber’s experience includes:

Shareholder and M&A Deal Disputes
  • Representing large insurance provider in six-year breach of contract litigation arising from the sale of a reinsurance subsidiary;
  • Representing major Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and its affiliates, officers, and directors in a shareholder class action challenging the REIT’s tender offer for, and merger with, another public company;
  • Representing major REIT and its officers and directors in a shareholder class action challenging the REIT’s externalization of management to a third-party manager;
  • Representing corporation in defense of a shareholder class action complaint alleging breaches of fiduciary obligations related to the board of directors’ Revlon duties in a corporate acquisition.
Breach of Contract and Business Torts
  • Representing consumer security company in action alleging wrongful acquisition of multi-million dollar intellectual property;
  • Representing large financial institution in federal court action in defense against borrower’s allegations of breach of a promissory note, while simultaneously prosecuting state court litigation seeking recovery under the note.
  • Representing mortgage lending and financing entity in connection with defense of alleged breach of a merger agreement.
Class Action Defense
  • Representing international electronics manufacturer in defense of nationwide consumer fraud class action;
  • Representing international shipping company in defense of anti-trust class action allegations.
Additional Experience
  • Internal Investigations: Assisted in gathering evidence and drafting report in connection with court-ordered internal investigation into accounting practices of sub-prime mortgage lender;
  • Mortgage Foreclosures: Representing commercial real estate company in connection with multiple New York foreclosure actions.
Pro bono Experience
  • Representing Tanzanian citizen seeking asylum based on political persecution in New York Immigration court;
  • Representing juvenile seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status in New York Immigration court;
  • Representing victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders and child custody in New York family court;
  • Representing victims of “revenge porn” in New York state court in connection with the K&L Gates’ Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.
Specific Litigation Matters
Mr. Roeber’s specific representative matters include:
  • ADT Holdings, Inc., et al. v. Harris, et al., 2017 Del. Ch. LEXIS 154 (Del. Ch. Aug. 24, 2017) (expedited litigation matter involving multi-million dollar intellectual property dispute);
  • Doppelt v. Denahan, 2016 WL 6839130 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t Nov. 22, 2016) (successfully obtained dismissal of shareholder derivative suit challenging management externalization transaction and successfully defended dismissal on appeal);
  • WT Holdings v. Argonaut Group, Inc., 127 A.D. 3d 544 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t April 16, 2015) (six-year litigation involving alleged breach of a stock purchase agreement related to the acquisition of a reinsurance company);
  • BACM 2005-6 Carle Place Office, LLC v. HLP Old Country TIC LLC, et al., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5360 (Index No. 600710/2012) (Nassau Co. June 20, 2014) (successfully obtained final judgment of foreclosure and sale following four-year foreclosure proceedings);
  • Jerilynn Payne, et al. v. Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. d/b/a Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52808 (D. N.J. May 28, 2010) (successfully defeated motion for class certification);
  • Silverman Partners, et al. v. First Bank et al., 687 F. Supp. 2d 269 (E.D.N.Y. 2010), and Wachovia Bank, N.A. v. Silverman, 84 A.D. 3d 611 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t May 19, 2011) (in dispute over payment of a promissory note, successful motion to dismiss in federal court and successful motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint in state court, including affirmance on appeal).

A more complete list of Mr. Roeber’s representative engagements is available upon request.