Emily Roark
  • Attorney
  • Attorney


Paducah, KY





Emily W. Roark's career in law began at the Bryant Law Center in 2000, straight out of University of Kentucky Law School. Emily is a 1997 graduate of Centre College before attending the University of Kentucky College of Law where she had high academic achievements at both institutions including serving as an editor on the prestigious Kentucky Law Journal.

She is admitted to the Kentucky Bar and United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Over her last 19 years at the Bryant Law Center, Emily came to be known as one of the top criminal defense litigators in western Kentucky and is highly sought after for her meticulous legal research, motion practice, and tenacious courtroom presence.

In recent years, Emily has also developed a passion to protect those who have been harmed by bad drugs and bad medical devices. While many pharmaceutical companies tend to think their consumers are expendable, Emily understands that each person and each case has its own unique value and she fights to make sure that those companies see that too. 

Over her career, Emily has been involved in multi-district litigation and class actions involving, train derailments, medical devices such as Essure, transvaginal mesh, and IVC filters, pharmaceuticals such as Abilify and Zofran, products such as Roundup, and several different manufacturers of hip replacements, to name a few.

Emily is a former President of the McCracken County Bar Association and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 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 and settlements. Currently, she serves on the Barkley Regional Airport Board.

On a personal note, Emily's husband, Joseph Roark, is also an attorney at the firm. They have an eight-year-old son who consumes their free time. Emily and Joe are members of St. Thomas More and volunteer at their son's school, St Mary. For relaxation, Emily enjoys working out, especially Barre, yoga, and tennis.  She also enjoys watching her son play sports.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense Litigation including misdemeanors, DUI, felonies, sexual crimes and capital murder
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Appellate Practice, argued and won multiple cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court and Kentucky Court of Appeals
  • Numerous Published Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases, civil and criminal
  • Class Action Practice including numerous train derailment settlements

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Centre College
    • B.A. - 1997

Professional Associations

  • McCracken County Bar Association, Former President
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Former Board Member and Member of Women’s Law Caucus

“The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life is all the people I’ve helped. That’s why I like so much what I do! People that have to see an attorney are going through a traumatic time in their life; when they come in my door my hope for them is that they get better, whatever they’re facing.”