JOELLE C. ROCHA

Managing Partner
jrocha@ksrplaw.com | 401.490.7334 ext. 115


Joelle handles a range of matters relating to real estate development, land use litigation, business disputes, and general civil litigation.  She has successfully permitted several of the State of Rhode Island’s largest mixed-use developments, and represents developers with respect to residential, commercial, mixed use, and solar projects throughout the State of Rhode Island, before municipal and state boards and agencies.  Additionally, she has successfully obtained tax stabilization agreements for several development projects. Joelle has also successfully litigated several class actions against municipalities regarding illegal and excessive impact fees and building permit fees.  Joelle has worked on some of KSR&P’s most high-profile client cases.

Past Experience

Prior to joining KSR&P, Joelle practiced in the areas of civil litigation, real estate development, and municipal law.  Joelle served as Assistant to the Solicitor for the towns of Warren and Lincoln, RI from 2006-2010.

As an attorney for these municipalities, Joelle acted as counsel for the zoning and planning boards; prosecuted misdemeanors, zoning, and housing violations; and evaluated issues for all municipal departments and each respective town council.  She also represented the municipalities before state agencies and in various state courts on matters involving tax appeals, eminent domain, land use, zoning, liquor and entertainment licensing, and employment disputes.

Joelle also served as procurement attorney for the city of New Bedford, MA, where she assisted in facilitating various complex Invitations for bids and requests-for-proposals, as well as the resulting contracts.

Practice Areas

Corporate & Business Law

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Real Estate & Development

Administrative Law

Development & Permitting

Environmental Law

Land Use Litigation

Court Admissions

Rhode Island

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court of for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court of Rhode Island for the District of Rhode Island

Education

Roger Williams University School of Law

J.D., 2006 Honors Program, American Inns of Court Pupil

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2003

Professional Affiliations

Rhode Island Bar Association

Board of Directors, Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association

Member, Professional Women and Building, a division of the Rhode Island Builders Association

Executive Board Member, Rhode Island Soccer Association

Honors & Achievements

Super Lawyers, Rhode Island Rising Stars 2011

40 Under 40 Award Winner, 2018, Providence Business News

Featured in “Excellence in the Law,” R.I. Monthly, 2019 and 2020

Featured in “Outstanding Women in Business,” R.I. Monthly, 2020

Publications & Presentations

Co-author and co-presenter, Basic Principles of Easements; Creating Enforceable

Easements, a seminar written and presented for Lorman Educational Services, Summer, 2008

Recent Published Decisions

K&W Automotive v. Town of Barrington, ___ A.3d ___, 2020 WL 501698  (R.I. January 31, 2020)

Rollingwood Acres, Inc. v. DEM, 212 A.3d 1198 (R.I. 2019)

5750 Post Road Medical Offices, LLC v. East Greenwich Fire District, 138 A.3d 163 (R.I. 2016)

183 Eustis Ave, LLC  v. City of Newport, C.A. No. NC 2018-0207  (October 1, 2019)

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