Kyle Roche

Partner, New York

Kyle is a founding partner of Roche Freedman. Recently named as one of New York Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars, Kyle is an experienced litigator known for leveraging his deep understanding of technology and economics to successfully represent clients facing complex and novel issues of law. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and has consistently delivered impressive results. Kyle has represented clients facing a wide variety of legal issues, including matters involving cryptocurrency/blockchain based disputes, copyright and patent infringement, cybersecurity and privacy claims, and merger and partnership disputes. His background in engineering and management consulting enables him to build legal strategies that maximize his clients’ outcomes. Kyle serves as strategic counsel to some of the most innovative companies and startups in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space. His deep understanding of this technology and the governing legislative frameworks enables him to advise his clients how to best navigate the regulatory landscape. He has published multiple articles on the intersection of cryptocurrency and law, and is a frequent speaker in that arena, including having guest lectured at both Northwestern and Yale.

  • Appointed interim lead counsel in class action bringing CEA, antitrust, and RICO claims based on manipulation of the cryptocurrency market that resulted in one of the single largest asset bubbles in history.

  • Representing estate of David Kleiman against self-described creator of Bitcoin in action to recover stolen bitcoins and blockchain-related intellectual property rights

  • Member of trial team representing a pharmaceutical company in a patent dispute concerning the market-leading diabetes drug

  • Lead attorney representing co-founder of social-networking company in partnership dispute, resulting in resolution acceptable to all parties

  • Represented venture capitalist in dispute concerning the growth and development of a large decentralized blockchain

  • Represented a medical device company in a putative consumer class action arising from allegations of counterfeit labeling and products liability

  • Represented a group of stockholders in a merger dispute concerning a variety of contingent payments

  • Represented Brazil-based investment and asset management entities in dispute with former employee seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in carried interest

  • Represented investors in craft whiskey in a company control dispute in Delaware Chancery Court

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.; Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review; Arlyn Miner Book Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

  • Purdue University, B.S., Chemical Engineering

  • Why Bitcoin is Booming, Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2017 (co-authored with John O. McGinnis)

  • Bitcoin: Order without Law in the Digital Age, 94 Indiana L.J. 1497 (2019)

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of New York
  • 2020 New York Metro Rising Star, Super Lawyers

  • Chick Evans Scholarship Recipient

  • New York City Bar