Michael J. Roche, Jr.


P 412-232-0404 F 412-232-3441


Michael J. Roche, Jr.


Michael J. Roche Jr. is an associate in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is passionate about his legal practice, his clients, and public service, and serves as a part-time deputy judge advocate in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Michael’s wide-ranging employment litigation and labor arbitration practice allows him to act as a fierce advocate while also providing preventative workplace training, and advice and counsel. He represents employers on various labor and employment law matters, including claims for discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, and union grievances.

With a diverse background, Michael is an active member in the firm’s Out Professionals and Allies in Law group as well as its Veterans Attorney Resource Group. He has presented on topics addressing sexual harassment and LGBTQ concerns in the workplace. Michael has also provided valuable advice to employers about their obligations under USERRA and similar state laws.

While attending law school, Michael assisted veterans appealing their discharge statuses and service-connected disability ratings through the school’s Veterans Practicum. He also completed legal internships for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the in-house legal department of a worldwide telecommunications company. Following law school, Michael worked for a federal magistrate judge before entering private practice.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, LGBTQ+ Rights Committee 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee 
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association 
  • Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission, LGBTQ Rights Committee

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Deputy Judge Advocate
  • Wills for Heroes, Volunteer Attorney