Yaakov Roth's goal is to develop and present the key legal arguments that will secure victory for clients. He has argued more than 20 federal appeals, including three Supreme Court cases, plus others in D.C. and state courts. Yaakov has been named a "D.C. Rising Star," "D.C. Trailblazer," and "Litigation Trailblazer" by The National Law Journal; a "Next Generation" leader by The Legal 500; a "Rising Star" in the appellate space by Law360; and to the Law Power 100 by City & State New York.
Most recently, Yaakov argued and prevailed in West Virginia v. EPA, a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision restricting the power of federal agencies. Yaakov also won a unanimous Supreme Court victory in the high-profile "Bridgegate" matter on a theory that he developed. His other Supreme Court experience includes defending Arizona voting rules against partisan challenge, vindicating former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell from corruption charges, narrowing the geographic scope of private civil RICO (racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations) lawsuits, and pursuing a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act from inception through high court review. At the appellate level, Yaakov's oral advocacy has included defending white collar defendants, advocating for employers in Title VII, ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), and antitrust matters, pressing a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law prohibiting "false" campaign statements, and protecting the religious freedom rights of Death Row inmates. He has successfully defended clients against nationwide class actions and pursued challenges to federal, state, and local regulations.
- Harvard University (J.D. summa cum laude 2007; Fay Diploma; Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review); York University (B.A. in Economics with distinction 2004)
- District of Columbia
The Legal 500 "Next Generation Partner"
Law360 "Rising Star, Appellate" (2020)
The National Law Journal: "D.C. Rising Star" Award (2020)
City & State New York: Law Power 100 (2023)
- Law Clerk to: Hon. Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States (2008-2009) and Hon. Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2007-2008)