As important as it is to recognize business owners and entrepreneurs, it is just as important to recognize the professionals and service providers who are excelling in their different fields of practice. Marirose Roach is one such professional.
Marirose is a partner with Philadelphia based, Roach-Leite. She is passionate about fighting for the rights of spouses and children, providing legal representation in divorce, custody and support cases.
Marirose Roach – Attorney (Philadelphia)
Why did you decide to practice law?
My mom wanted me to become a doctor or a lawyer. I can’t stomach the sight of blood, so becoming an attorney was the default. I was intrigued by the law from a young age. I always wanted to help people and I felt that law would be an effective vehicle to do so.
What do you wish you had known about the legal profession before becoming an attorney?
They do not teach you how to become an attorney in law school. Well, at least they didn’t when I was there. There is a great deal of practical education that you do on the job. Once out of law school, it is crucial to surround yourself with people that will make you great.
Your firm specializes in different types of law. Which do you enjoy the most and why?
It varies, each area has it’s pros and cons. Each case is a window into a stranger’s life. When you learn about their household, family, friends and struggles and can help them come out with a positive result, it feels absolutely amazing. It’s a constant reminder of why I decided to practice law.
What do you do in your off time when you aren’t “lawyering”?
I’m a kid and an athlete at heart. I still play in several recreational adult sport leagues. It’s a great way to network and relieve stress. When I’m not playing or working, I spend time with family and cook.
Where do you see your firm in the next 5 years?
We are currently going through a growth spurt at the firm. In five years, if we continue this growth, I’d like to increase our support staff and strategize marketing to refine the practice and be more efficient in how we target clients.
What advice do you have for students contemplating the legal profession?
Get to know yourself and hone in on what you are truly passionate about. Having a legal degree can create opportunities for change, but it’s a grind. Be ready for a challenge.
Roach Leite LLC
6950 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Telephone: (267) 343-5818
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (@thebusyafrican)