Megan Roach’s story is very much about family.
As the first of eight, Megan says she learned the values of responsibility, dependability and leadership. She spent her early years in a modest home in Charleston, South Carolina, where her father attended medical school. Money was tight. The family’s first home, half of a two-family, didn’t have central heat.
“When you’re the oldest of that many, you take care of everybody else. You make sure everyone is accounted for. You become efficient, responsible. Being part of a big family helps you learn to go with the flow and get along with different kinds of personalities.”
She describes herself as a child who loved learning. Around the third or fourth grade, Megan thought she’d like to be president of the United States. She thought she’d do a better job than others who have held the office.
The family moved to Cincinnati, where Megan’s father completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She took any job she could from an early age. She was babysitting by the time she was nine years old, then later worked at McAlpin’s, Riverbend Music Center and as a camp counselor at the Anderson YMCA. During her high school summers, she regularly worked 60 hours a week. Again, money was tight.
She met Joe, her husband, when they were both working summer jobs at the Y. Today, he’s principal at Locust Corner Elementary School. Megan says they make it a priority to instill the virtues of hard work and solid values in their four children.
“I want my children to be good, decent people; people who care about others and want to make the world a better place. I don’t want them to be focused only on themselves.”
After her third child was born, Megan put her career on hold and focused on raising her family. She spent countless hours volunteering at school. Once her youngest was in school, she was ready to return to the practice of law.
“I love to be busy, to be intellectually engaged. Staying home with my kids taught me a lot about patience and perspective. And that makes me a better attorney.”
Megan is part of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. She counsels businesses on a wide variety of employment issues, as well as representing employers in workers compensation matters. She advises her clients on all aspects of workers compensation law and represents them before the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, Industrial Commission of Ohio, and state courts.
Megan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor bestowed upon law students who rank in the top ten percent in their class. She also served as a Student Articles Editor of the Law Review and interned for the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel.
A proud graduate of Wake Forest University, Megan earned her B.A. in English while minoring in Anthropology. You can still find her cheering on the Demon Deacons whenever they come to town to play Xavier.
Megan strongly believes in giving back to the community and is heavily involved at her children’s school and church. In recent years, she has served as the PTA President, a member of the Education and Faith Formation Board, and a member of the Finance and Operations Board.
Megan and her husband Joe are lifelong residents of Anderson Township. They spend most of their “free time” running their 4 kids to activities and cheering them on from the sidelines. They wouldn’t want it any other way.