John W. Roberts

John W. Roberts was born in Stamford. He graduated from Yale University (1954), and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1958).  In 1973 Mr. Roberts formed John W. Roberts, P.C., subsequently Roberts, Gaillard, Kambas, Cousins & Sweigart, P.C., now Roberts & Bates, P.C.  Before forming his own firm he had practiced for twelve years with a Connecticut law firm, Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, as an associate and then partner. While in law school he was an Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  After graduation from law school, he joined the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a Trial Attorney and worked on the prosecution of white collar criminal fraud cases.  Mr. Roberts was the first Law Clerk to Judge Irving Ben Cooper of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Roberts was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1958.  He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.  He is a Special Pre-Trial Master in the Connecticut Superior Court, and has served as pro-bono and court-appointed counsel and guardian in matters arising in state and federal courts.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association (past Member of House of Delegates), Fairfield County Bar Association, and Greenwich Bar Association.  He has served on the Construction Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Roberts has been a resident of Greenwich since 1965.  He served for 10 years as a member of the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting and as a member of its Legislative Committee.  He served on the Town Hall Building Committee which oversaw the conversion of the former Greenwich High School into the new Town Hall and was Chairman of the Greenwich Housing Authority during a time when the Housing Authority completed two major construction projects.  He has been active as an officer, board member and volunteer in a number of civic, community, political and charitable organizations in Greenwich and Stamford including St. Luke’s Community Services,the New Covenant House of Hospitality, the Red Cross and Pilgrim Towers, Inc., a non-profit housing corporation in Stamford.  He was President of the Northeast Greenwich Association, the largest property owners’ association in Greenwich.  He served as a Director and officer of the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich and received the Greenwich Yale Alumni Service award in 2004.