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Michael Roche

Senior Associate

As an avid player of board games, Mike Roche plays to win, and he does this by learning the rules so he can develop a winning strategy. He applies this talent and passion to his legal practice as he advises clients on a wide range of day-to-day and nuanced corporate regulatory matters – many of which require research and understanding of complex and convoluted rules.

Mike represents clients in regulated industries such as military manufacturers, food manufacturers, technology, cannabis, alcohol beverage producers and retailers, and other organizations on matters relating to government compliance, including the export of products, privacy and data security in the United States and European Union (GDPR), product labeling standards, and state and federal alcohol licensing requirements. His alcohol industry experience includes representing breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries on contract production, distribution, and licensing agreements.

In addition, Mike advises clients on commercial contracts, including data processing agreements, where he handles everything from drafting and reviewing, to negotiating and overseeing the signatory process. He also regularly facilitates mergers and acquisitions and commercial financing, and advises on matters relating to corporate formation, operation, and dissolution.

Mike started his career as a professional in Harris Corporation’s engineering project management finance group where he learned how to run a project on time and budget.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Wine Century Club
  • Board of Managers and Secretary, Rochester Commissary
  • Member, Finance Committee, Perinton Presbyterian Church

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Regulatory

  • Advise clients seeking to obtain manufacturing and retail alcohol beverage licenses in New York State.
  • Represent an industrial hemp producer in New York State. Negotiate agreements with hemp farmers and seed/seedling providers and advise on transborder matters.
  • Advise a multistate retailer on carrying CBD products.
  • Advise a regional grocery store on food labeling regulations.

Corporate and M&A

  • Advise public and private companies on day-to-day commercial agreements, including writing, drafting and negotiating terms.
  • Represented Seager Marine in its acquisition of Macri’s Deli and Café.

NEWS

  • “Where the T-shirts are pricey but the pot is ‘free’,” CITY News, September 2, 2021
  • “New York’s marijuana law: What’s happening now, and how it might affect bars,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 31, 2021
  • “Rochester Cocktail Revival holds cannabis education event,” WROC News 8, August 30, 2021

Press Releases

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, “New York State Cannabis Law 1010,” 2021 Rochester Cocktail Revival, August 30, 2021

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • Cornell University Law School, J.D.
  • Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, M.B.A.
  • American University, B.A., B.S. 

As an avid player of board games, Mike Roche plays to win, and he does this by learning the rules so he can develop a winning strategy. He applies this talent and passion to his legal practice as he advises clients on a wide range of day-to-day and nuanced corporate regulatory matters – many of which require research and understanding of complex and convoluted rules.

Mike represents clients in regulated industries such as military manufacturers, food manufacturers, technology, cannabis, alcohol beverage producers and retailers, and other organizations on matters relating to government compliance, including the export of products, privacy and data security in the United States and European Union (GDPR), product labeling standards, and state and federal alcohol licensing requirements. His alcohol industry experience includes representing breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries on contract production, distribution, and licensing agreements.

In addition, Mike advises clients on commercial contracts, including data processing agreements, where he handles everything from drafting and reviewing, to negotiating and overseeing the signatory process. He also regularly facilitates mergers and acquisitions and commercial financing, and advises on matters relating to corporate formation, operation, and dissolution.

Mike started his career as a professional in Harris Corporation’s engineering project management finance group where he learned how to run a project on time and budget.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Wine Century Club
  • Board of Managers and Secretary, Rochester Commissary
  • Member, Finance Committee, Perinton Presbyterian Church

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Regulatory

  • Advise clients seeking to obtain manufacturing and retail alcohol beverage licenses in New York State.
  • Represent an industrial hemp producer in New York State. Negotiate agreements with hemp farmers and seed/seedling providers and advise on transborder matters.
  • Advise a multistate retailer on carrying CBD products.
  • Advise a regional grocery store on food labeling regulations.

Corporate and M&A

  • Advise public and private companies on day-to-day commercial agreements, including writing, drafting and negotiating terms.
  • Represented Seager Marine in its acquisition of Macri’s Deli and Café.

NEWS

  • “Where the T-shirts are pricey but the pot is ‘free’,” CITY News, September 2, 2021
  • “New York’s marijuana law: What’s happening now, and how it might affect bars,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 31, 2021
  • “Rochester Cocktail Revival holds cannabis education event,” WROC News 8, August 30, 2021

Press Releases

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, “New York State Cannabis Law 1010,” 2021 Rochester Cocktail Revival, August 30, 2021

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • Cornell University Law School, J.D.
  • Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, M.B.A.
  • American University, B.A., B.S. 
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