Philip J. Roth

Attorney (Shareholder)
"Courtrooms are the places in which the conequences of human behavior, its abuses, its thoughtfulness, its thoughtlessness, its mendacity, its honesty, its good and its evil are made plain, understood and addressed. The ground around the great and small is made level (more or less) by the talent, zeal and commitment of dedicated advocates, and the fair and even application of the rules of engagement, by independent judges. Juries composed of our fellow citizens, examining the evidence, observing the testimony, and hearing the argument, assess, interpret, judge credibility, and render a verdict upon it."

--Richard D. Burbidge, Esq.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Philip received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He obtained his law degree in 1992 and practiced law in Chicago and later served as a staff attorney to a trade association in Washington, D.C., before moving to Asheville.

In 1996 Philip opened a sole law practice, primarily focusing on civil rights, employment and personal injury matters. Five years later, he formed the firm with Kip Marshall. While maintaining his previous practice areas, Philip's practice has evolved to encompass large commercial disputes ranging from construction to derivative actions to matters involving industrial competitors. A significant part of his work also involves litigation arising from real property disputes, having represented homeowners, community associations and developers.

His extensive trial practice notwithstanding, Mr. Roth is certified as a Superior Court Mediator and routinely commences the evaluation of a dispute with an analysis of the prospect for early resolution through negotiations and formal settlement conferences.

He is admitted to all courts in North Carolina as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Middle and Western Districts for United States District Courts in North Carolina, representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Like Mr. Marshall, Philip has extraordianry experience in federal forums.

Among his clients, Philip counts community associations, mental health care providers, businesses, non-profit entities, medical professionals, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other individuals.

In 2003 he and Kip Marshall obtained the largest housing discrimination verdict in North Carolina history. In 2012, Mr. Roth obtained a jury verdict on behalf of his client in a civil rights action in excess of one million dollars. His civil rights work has also garnered local, regional and national attention.

Philip has been recognized with distinction by his legal peers. He was first named as a Best Lawyer® in 2021, thereby ranking in the top 4% of all American lawyers.

A frequent faculty member in Continuing Legal Education, Philip teaches civil trial skills and, thanks to his early history with computers, in the emerging practice area of "electronic discovery," providing consultation services in that discipline to other attorneys.

Philip is also active in the community. Among other things, he is a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and a past president of the Western North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has also held leadership positions in the Civil Rights and Employment Sections of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Currently, he is a volunteer for the Racial Justice Coalition and a member of the Board of Directors for the Immediate Theatre Project, in Asheville.

Practice Areas

Community Association Law & Disputes
Commerical Litigation
Catastrophic Personal Injury
Business and Real Estate Disputes
Appellate Advocacy
Vaccine Injuries


University of Wisconsin-Madison (J.D., 1992)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., 1981)


North Carolina State Bar
United States District Court for the Western District of NC
United States District Court for the Middle District of NC
United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Supreme Court

NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator


Past Director, Immediate Theatre Project
Past Director, The Mediation Center
Volunteer, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Past Director and Chairman of Human Resources Committee, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Past President and Director, WNC Chapter,
   American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Cooperating Attorney, ACLU of North Carolina