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Practice Areas

Gerald Roach focuses his practice on public company securities, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, private financings, technology law and advising boards of directors and special committees. He has served as lead counsel to publicly-traded and privately held companies with North Carolina, U.S. and international interests.


Joined Smith Anderson in 1982. Current Managing Partner; Member, Policy and Planning, Securities Trading, Compensation, Political Action and Investment in Clients Committees. Honors include: BTI Client Service All-Star (2016, 2017) and MVP (2017); Business North Carolina's Power 100 (2018, 2019); Leader in the Field, Band One, Corporate/M&A, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2018); Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Business Law (2009-2016) and 2009 "Top Business Lawyer" Designation; The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate, M&A, Securities/Capital Markets, Securities Regulation and Venture Capital Law (2003-2019) - awarded Raleigh "Lawyer of the Year" for M&A (2012, 2014), Securities/Capital Markets (2010, 2018) and Corporate Law (2009, 2013); International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions (only North Carolina lawyer listed); International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (one of two North Carolina lawyers listed); International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (one of four North Carolina lawyers listed); named one of “Ten to Watch: Attorneys That Have an Impact on North Carolina Business” by a leading North Carolina business publication; named “Highly Regarded” in M&A, IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2018); Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated; and listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2019), including Top 100 lawyers list.

Professional Memberships

Admitted to North Carolina Bar (1982). Member, American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association (past chair of the Business Law section), Wake County Bar Association, and American Counsel Association. Fellow, American Bar Foundation.


Chairman, Board of Trustees, Wake Forest University (2018-Present); Board of Trustees, Wake Forest University (2010-2015); Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Wake Forest University (2015-2018); Member, Board of Directors, Wake Forest University Health Sciences (2011-Present); Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, North Carolina Biotechnology Center (2007-2018); Board of Directors, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (2011-2015); Dean Search Committee, Wake Forest University School of Law (2014-2015); Wake Forest University School of Law (JD, cum laude – 1982); Wake Forest University (BA, cum laude – 1980).