JOELLE C. ROCHA

jrocha@ksrplaw.com | 401.490.7334 ext. 115


Joelle handles a range of matters relating to real estate development, land use litigation, business disputes, tax appeals, and general civil litigation in all Rhode Island and Massachusetts Courts, including the United States District Courts for Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  She also appears before various municipal boards and state agencies.  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.

As an attorney for these municipalities, Joelle acted as counsel for the zoning and planning boards; prosecuted misdemeanors, zoning, and housing violations; and researched 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

President of the Student Bar Association, 2005-2006, Roger Williams University School of Law

Presidential Scholar, 2003-2006, Roger Williams University School of Law

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

Reported Cases

Curran v. Leach, 2010 WL 4466708

Truppa v. Town of Lincoln, 2010 WL 3723168

Kostek v. Newport Zoning Board of Review, 2011 WL 675209

Skelly v. Montessori Centre of Barrington, Inc., 2011 WL 838070, 2011 WL 757390

BCO, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Review of the Town of Lincoln, 2008 WL 2227779

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