Katie Roche represents clients in civil rights cases concerning wrongful convictions and other violations of the Constitution. As part of Loevy’s intellectual property practice, Katie does trademark prosecution and enforcement, represents clients in trademark and copyright litigation, and counsels clients on trademark, trade dress, and copyright matters.
Katie maintains an active pro bono practice representing victims who were tortured by Jon Burge and Chicago Police Detectives under his command before the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission.
During law school, Katie interned at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under District Director John Rowe where she worked on a variety of employment discrimination cases. She also served as President of the Labor & Employment Law Society and was a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Steering Committee. Katie also volunteered at Cabrini Green Legal Aid representing clients seeking to seal or expunge their criminal convictions to mitigate the criminal records barrier to housing and employment. Upon graduation, Katie received the Leadership, Service, and Public Interest Recognition Award.
- Illinois, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2021
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2019
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2019
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2021
- J.D. – 2015
- Dean’s List
- Leadership, Service, and Public Interest Recognition Award
- B.S. (cum laude) – 2010
- With Honors
- Dean’s list
- Fields v. City of Chicago, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Counsel for Nathson Fields, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for a double murder he did not commit as a result of alleged police misconduct. Jury returned a $22 million verdict for Mr. Fields, among the highest jury verdicts in a wrongful conviction case in U.S. history.
- Kluppelberg v. City of Chicago, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Counsel for Mr. Kluppelberg, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent nearly 25 years in prison based on fabricated arson evidence and perjured testimony from a jailhouse snitch. The case settled before trial for $9.3 million.
- Small v. City of Wilmington, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina) Counsel for Mr. Small, who was arrested at the young age of 15 years old and spent nearly 30 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit as a result of police misconduct. The case settled for $7 million.