Emily W. Roark’s career in law began at the Bryant Law Center in 2000, straight out of University of Kentucky Law School. She represents individuals harmed by pharmaceutical drugs, dangerous products and defective medical devices.
Emily has been involved in several multi-district litigation and class actions involving opioids, train derailments, Essure, transvaginal mesh, IVC filters, Abilify, Zantac, Paraquat, 3M military earplugs and Roundup - just to name a few.
In June 2021 she was appointed to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Multi District Litigation case: RANITIDINE PRODUCT CASES, JCCP No. 5150.
August 16, 2021, she was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in Multi-District Litigation 21-md-02996-CRB IN RE: MCKINSEY & CO., IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION OPIATE CONSULTANT LITIGATION.
Also in August of 2021, she was appointed as a Special Justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky by Governor Andy Beshear and was awarded the West Kentucky Star People’s Choice award for Best Attorney in 2021.
Emily is also former President of the McCracken County Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Justice, and Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. She is also a member of the Kentucky Justice Association where she served on the Board of Governors from 2016-2017. Adding to her many accomplishments, Emily is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is comprised of attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts & settlements. Currently, she serves as the Vice-Chair for the Barkley Regional Airport Board.
On a personal note, Emily’s husband, Joseph Roark, is also an attorney at the firm. They have an 11-year old son who they enjoy watching play golf and tennis. Emily and Joe are members of St. Thomas More and volunteer at their son’s school, St Mary. For relaxation, Emily enjoys watching her son’s sporting events, working out and escaping to the beach.