Colin T. Roth

Partner
Partner
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Rhonda Maier
608-259-2681
rmaier@staffordlaw.com

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On the Job

Practice

Attorney Colin T. Roth is a partner in the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, appellate law, and election and political law. He litigates in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, frequently in areas like voting rights, administrative rulemaking, constitutional challenges to state law, state taxation, environmental protection, and civil rights.

Colin has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent memory before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He handled briefing and oral argument in challenges to the Governor’s partial veto power (in Bartlett v. Evers and Wisconsin Small Business United, Inc. v. Brennan), the executive branch’s pandemic response powers (in Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm), and the 2020 general election recount (in Trump v. Biden). He has also litigated many appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Colin serves as co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice team with Attorney Jeff Mandell.

Colin also maintains an active commercial litigation practice at the trial court level. He has expertise representing clients in matters involving the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, breach of contract, securities fraud, trademark infringement, and defamation, among many other areas.

Colin also has substantial experience advising clients on state regulatory matters, having worked closely with state officials in the Governor’s office, the Department of Administration, the University of Wisconsin System, the Department of Revenue, and the Department of Natural Resources to answer complicated legal questions and map the path forward for complex regulatory programs.

Prior to joining Stafford Rosenbaum, Colin spent five years at the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general, handling the state’s most important trial and appellate civil litigation and, before that, four years as an associate at Irell & Manella, a prominent law firm in Los Angeles.

Colin is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Education

  • New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012)
    • Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., Political Science, 2007)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association

Off the Job

On his days off, Colin can be found cycling on one of the Madison area’s many bike paths or hiking a segment of the Ice Age Trail (that is, if the Badgers or Packers aren’t playing that day). More likely, he will be busy entertaining his young daughter, Noelle. Colin also serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit charitable organization, Friends of Mundo Sostenible Consultores, which raises money to finance solar energy development for underserved communities in Peru.