Derek A. Roach Partner

Derek's practice focuses on information technology law, concentrating in technology transactions and outsourcings. He has extensive experience representing clients in large-scale technology and telecommunications projects, including multimillion-dollar technology licensing, procurement, development, and integration projects.

His representative transactions include ERP system integrations, multinational software and information content licensing, and public safety systems development and support. In addition, he counsels on Internet and e-commerce initiatives, software development and open-source issues, and confidentiality and intellectual property considerations.

Derek's outsourcing experience includes traditional and business process outsourcings, both onshore and offshore. He has represented private- and public-sector clients in their outsourcing initiatives, including state governments, foreign and domestic telecommunications providers and companies in the publishing, transportation and energy sectors. Representative transactions include call center outsourcings, whole-enterprise IT outsourcings, software applications support and development outsourcings, and outsourcings of back-office systems.

He also counsels technology-related start-up companies through their entire life cycle, from initial formation and entity selection through successful exit strategies, including IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He represents individuals and companies obtaining (or providing) angel, seed-stage, and venture capital financing, and counsels on, among other things, equity compensation, non-compete issues, and other considerations for entrepreneurs.

In 2010, Derek was named a leading lawyer in media, technology and telecoms (technology: transactions) in The Legal 500 US guide.


Representation of an energy company in the negotiation of an enterprise wide procurement and implementation of a $100+ million ERP system.

Representation of a publishing company in the implementation of a $50+ million ERP system.

Representation of a professional information and publishing company in the outsourcing of its back-office application support and maintenance services in a $100+ million transaction.

Representation of an international telecommunications provider in connection with its outsourcing of infrastructure support in a $600+ million transaction.

Representation of a domestic telecommunications company in a business process outsourcing of customer billing operations in a $90+ million transaction.

Representation of a transportation and logistics company in the negotiation of an enterprise wide procurement and implementation of a $100+ million ERP system.

Representation of a publishing company in connection with a global enterprise software licensing transaction for $40+million.

Representation of a major U.S. municipality in ongoing information technology engagements, including integrated library technology, digital radio upgrades, dispatch console upgrades, public health technology and other public safety projects.

Representation of a U.S. state government in the outsourcing of its entire IT infrastructure and support.

Representation of a maintenance products distributor in its e-commerce initiatives.

  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1999
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, BA, magna cum laude, 1996

Member, International Technology Law Association

Member, Federalist Society

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Technology & Outsourcing, Chambers USA, 2016-2017

Selected for inclusion as a Leading Lawyer, Media, Technology and Telecoms, Technology: Transactions, Outsourcing, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2010, 2016-2018

  • Author, "Some Considerations for Commercializing In-House Software," Hospitality Lawyer, 2007
  • Co-author, "Negotiating Software License Agreements in an Economic Downturn," The Computer Lawyer, 2007
  • Co-author, "University Controlled or Owned Technology ," The Journal of College and University Law, 2004
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