John Roche has 34 years of experience in a wide variety of civil trials, appeals and other litigation matters, including complex commercial and securities litigation, class actions and derivative actions, legal malpractice, insurance coverage disputes, wrongful death, premises liability, environmental litigation and personal injury.


John has obtained for his clients favorable verdicts in significant cases. Representative matters include the following:

Antitrust Litigation

John won a jury verdict in favor of Wal-Mart in an antitrust and tort action in Adams County, Colorado.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Comcast. John successfully represented Comcast Corporation in various complex litigation matters. This representation has included a $120 million class action securities case in federal court, a significant dissenters' rights action, multimillion dollar insurance coverage disputes, and other cases in various courts.

Jones Intercable.  John successfully represented Jones Intercable, Inc. as lead counsel in various complex commercial litigation matters. He won judgments for Jones as defendant in (1) a $30 million derivative action that was tried in Kansas City, Missouri, (2) a $25 million breach of contract action tried to a jury in Denver, Colorado, and (3) a $40 million securities derivative action decided on summary judgment in Arapahoe County, Colorado after trial of the case to an independent counsel. In the Arapahoe County case, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an opinion on a Rule 21 petition filed by Jones that established important new law in Colorado concerning the rights of defendants in derivative litigation. The petition is reprinted in Colorado Appellate Law and Practice, Volume 18, 2004 Pocket Part, § 15.14 as a guide to lawyers for the proper preparation of Rule 21 appellate petitions.

Class Action – Securities

John successfully represented a former officer of Charter Communications, Inc. in a class action securities case in St. Louis and various companies in actions in Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Massachusetts and California.

Appellate Law

In recent years, John's practice has focused on post-trial and appellate matters.  He is or has been lead counsel in appellate cases in a number of jurisdictions, including the First Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, California, Florida, Louisiana and Indiana.  He and other Taylor | Anderson lawyers are currently representing Cinemark in a number of lawsuits brought by the victims of James Holmes’ mass assault at the Cinemark theatre in Aurora, Colorado in July, 2012.

Representative Work

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • University of Denver College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Remedies

Past Employment

Before joining Taylor | Anderson in 2009, John practiced at Davis, Graham and Stubbs for 18 years and Snell & Wilmer for nine years.

Personal Interests

While at the University of South Carolina, John was twice named the ACC basketball Player of the Year and was second in the voting in his other varsity year. He was a consensus All-American and Academic All-American basketball player in 1970 and 1971. He was named the 20th best player in the history of the ACC on its 50 year anniversary team.  After graduation, he played professional basketball for nine years, including three years for the Denver Nuggets.

During the time he played professional basketball, he received his J.D. (1981) from the University of Denver College of Law. He is the only person who played in the NBA as a licensed lawyer. He is a member of the New York City, LaSalle Academy, University of South Carolina and the State of South Carolina Halls of Fame. He is a nine-time singles champion of the Denver City Open tennis tournament in his various age groups.  He ran the New York marathon at age 50, and he is an avid yoga practitioner.

  • University of Denver College of Law
    • J.D. - 1981
  • University of South Carolina
    • B.S. - 1971
    • Major: Business Administration
Bar Admission
  • Colorado
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013–2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV rated
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2009-2019 
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