Mr. Roll is Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling LLP and currently serves as the firm’s General Counsel and, in that capacity, as a member of the firm’s Executive Group. Prior to assuming the role of General Counsel in 2018, he was a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group for 30 years, practicing in both the firm’s New York and California offices.
Mr. Roll’s litigation practice over the years included representing clients in a variety of commercial and financial litigation. His practice featured bankruptcy and workout-related litigation, bank fraud and lender liability actions, private antitrust and securities actions, intellectual property litigation, and real estate litigation. In addition to trial level and bankruptcy court work in the foregoing areas in many jurisdictions around the United States, he also handled appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for several circuits and state appellate courts in New York, California, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere. Mr. Roll also handled arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and the New York Stock Exchange in the United States, and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Europe.
In his current role as the firm’s General Counsel, Mr. Roll oversees the firm’s compliance with regulatory and licensing requirements around the world, as well as its adherence to the professional responsibility and ethics rules in all the jurisdictions in which it practices. He also has overall responsibility for the firm’s conflicts-checking and anti-money laundering and “know-your-client” processes in connection with its taking on new clients and matters.
Mr. Roll received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1976 and his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School in 1979. Following law school and before joining Shearman & Sterling, he served as a law clerk for the late Honorable Thomas C. Platt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.