A recognized leading litigator and chair of the Litigation Group, Pat has successfully tried and defended cases ranging from commercial litigation, product liability and toxic tort, employment discrimination and redistricting litigation, bribery, wire fraud, honest services and conspiracy. Pat’s health care practice includes representing health care providers before state and federal regulatory agencies as well as in civil and criminal investigations.
Dedicated to the law and service to society, Pat has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, working as a team with her clients to reach successful resolutions in the most efficient manner.
Pat has co-authored a national text on trial advocacy and written articles on evidence, trial strategy, various aspects of constitutional law, criminal law and on federal sentencing guidelines. She frequently lectures at regional and national seminars on these topics.
“Ms. Rocha provides superb advice; both legal and from a business perspective. She has the technical experience and equally if not more importantly the business judgment that has successfully guided American Renal Associates through many twists and turns prevalent in a health care organization. Pat is responsible and we have never lost with her guidance.”
Joe Carlucci, CEO, American Renal Associates
AP&S Ranked in Chambers and Partners USA
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24 AP&S Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2019
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27 AP&S Attorneys Selected for 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
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5 AP&S Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers in America
•Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year 2020, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Providence.
•Professional Excellence in the Law, Health Care, Rhode Island Monthly 2019.
•Listed in America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2016 - 2018.
•Named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation and Euromoney Legal Media Group, 2013-2019.
•Selected by her peers for inclusion in 2006-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Administrative Law, Regulatory, Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Litigation - Labor & Employment Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance.
•Recognized in the 2006-2020 Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers.
•Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year 2013, 2016 and 2019, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Providence.
•Named 2012 Commercial Litigator of the Year by Finance Monthly Magazine.
•Selected as a local litigation star in the 2011-2019 editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate.
•Named in the Expert Guide to the US Leading Health Care Lawyers.
•Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2007-2019.
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for attorneys.
•Selected by New England Super Lawyers as one of The Top 50 Women in New England in 2012 - 2018 and Top Ten List of Rhode Island Super Lawyers.
•Recipient, Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Award, 2005.
In the Community
•Boston College Law School Board of Overseers.
•President, Rhode Island Chapter Boston College Law School Alumni Association.
•National Judicial College, Board of Visitors.
Seminars / Publications
•Panelist, Federal Civil Rules Changes, November 2015.
•Co-authored Rhode Island chapter of A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions published by the American Bar Association.
•Co-authored an important national text on trial advocacy and has been a contributing author on three others.
•In conjunction with a leading publishing company, she has also developed a series of comprehensive forms for practicing lawyers and has produced a collection of model closing arguments for defense attorneys.
•She has written articles on evidence, direct and cross-examination, various aspects of constitutional law, criminal law and on changes to the law on federal sentencing guidelines.