William G. Roark

William G. Roark
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: WRoark@HRMML.com
Administrative Contact:
Karen Keeley
KKeeley@HRMML.com

William G. Roark is a Principal of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin and chair of the firm’s medical marijuana practice. He represents individuals and businesses in the medical marijuana industry by helping them comply with Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act. He assists clients to understand the permitting application process and the requirements associated with entering this industry.  Because he has remained on the forefront of the legislative development and implementation of the Act, Mr. Roark has been asked to plan and present at various educational seminars teaching other professionals about this new law.  Since 2014, he has devoted his time to expanding the legal profession’s knowledge and awareness of the Medical Marijuana Act and its precursors so that the profession can be better prepared to meet the numerous legal needs on the horizon. He currently serves as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee.

A member of the firm’s Litigation Department, Mr. Roark’s practice also includes environmental litigation and catastrophic injury cases. His clients have included individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries, medical malpractice and exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Mr. Roark is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association, chairing and participating in various committees. Mr. Roark is a past editor for the Montgomery County Law Reporter, past chair of the Environmental Law Committee and a contributing editor to Montgomery County’s Civil Practice Manual. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2016, Mr. Roark was selected to participate in Montgomery County’s prestigious Leadership Academy.

A graduate of Bucknell University (B.A. Economics, cum laude, 2003), Mr. Roark received his law degree with honors in 2006 from Villanova University where he served as a member of the Villanova Moot Court Board Executive Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Roark worked for Environmental Equipment Inc., where he helped usher in the green-age by selling, servicing and installing solar pool heating systems.

For seven consecutive years (2010-2016) Mr. Roark has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state who are 40 or younger, or who have been practicing for ten years or less, are named to the list each year.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Marijuana Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury Cases

Education

  • Bucknell University (B.A. in Economics, cum laude, 2003)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Speeches/Publications

  • Quoted in article “These companies got permits to grow medical marijuana in the county adjacent to Lancaster,” LancasterOnline.com, June 21, 2017
  • Interviewed on NBC10’s “@Issue” Program – Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law and its Impact on the Community, June 2017
  • Quoted in article “Will insurance cover medical marijuana & other questions as Pennsylvania develops program,” LancasterOnline.com, May 28, 2017
  • Co-author, “The Year in Review of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act,” The Legal Intelligencer, May 1, 2017.
  • Co-author, “Pennsylvania: The Year in Review of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act,” Cannabis Law Journal, March 2017.
  • Quoted in article “Montco attorney to lead medical marijuana and hemp law committee of state bar,” Lehigh Valley Business, February 21, 2017.
  • The Legalization of Marijuana & its Effect on Municipalities, Co-Presenter, Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government, Lafayette College, February 2, 2017.
  • Quoted in article “New Pa. Rule Clears Path for Medical Cannabis Practices,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 1, 2016.
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation Update, Co-Presenter, Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association, September 14, 2016.
  • Quoted in article “Medical Marijuana: Temporary regs for growers and processors raise questions,” Central Penn Business Journal, August 25, 2016
  • A New Reality: Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Course Planner and Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, June 14, 2016
  • A New Reality: Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Course Planner and Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, June 8, 2016
  • Quoted in article “Ethics Rules for Pot Practice Less Hazy,” Legal Intelligencer, April 22, 2016
  • Quoted in article “Ethics Rules Haven’t Caught Up To Medical Marijuana Legislation,” Legal Intelligencer, April 15, 2016
  • Medical Marijuana Coming to Pennsylvania: a question or a statement?, Course Planner and Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar, April 11, 2016
  • Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medical Cannabis Act, Course Planner and Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar, November 23 and December 8, 2015
  • Seeing Green: Is Pennsylvania Next to Regulate Medical Marijuana? Discussion on the Social Economic & Political Implications of Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Act, Panelist, Bucknell University, November 5, 2015
  • Proposed Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Act: The Nuts and Bolts, Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar, June 17, 2015
  • Municipal and Zoning Aspects of Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Act, Speaker, Montgomery County Bar Association, May 21, 2015
  • Is Medical Marijuana Coming to Pennsylvania? Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Webinar, April 9, 2015
  • Bill has also been published in the Legal Intelligencer for an article entitled “Understanding the Value of Plain English.”

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Legal Aid of Pennsylvania; Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association); past Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Co-chair, Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Editor, Montgomery County Law Reporter (2010-2012)
    • Officer of Young Lawyer Section (2011-2014)
    • Civil Rules Committee Member
    • Civil Practice Manual Committee Member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association; Member

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2010-2016

Personal Interests

Bill resides with his wife and two daughters in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. Bill is an avid sports fan and still follows every one of his alma mater’s gut-wrenching college basketball seasons. Although the opportunity rarely presents itself, Bill remains a certified scuba-diver and still enjoys the occasional dive.

 

  • Conducted multiple compliance reviews for Pennsylvania and out of state entities submitting permit applications under phase 1 of PA’s Medical Marijuana Act
  • Represented medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries at local municipal hearings seeking zoning and land use approval
  • Personally assisted in the drafting of various components of permit applications for medical marijuana organizations
  • Consulted with health care providers to assist in their understanding of a physician’s obligations under Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act
  • Successfully represented commercial real estate owners in a two day trial concerning Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Site Clean Up Act.  The trial resulted in a judgment being entered in Mr. Roark’s client’s favor for approximately a quarter of a million dollars.  The verdict was appealed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court where Mr. Roark effectively and successfully argued the issues on appeal, resulting in an affirmation of the trial verdict.
  • Represented a young adolescent boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling into an uncovered pit at a reform school.  During trial, the case was settled for seven figures.
  • Enabled owners of interstate tire shredding business to continue operating in Pennsylvania by successfully appealing Department of Environmental Protection’s denials of permit applications.
  • Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for owners of large mobile home park to recover remediation costs related to a heating oil spill.
  • Effectively obtained a judgment after trial exceeding six hundred thousand dollars against a residential home builder for violations of various consumer statutes and negligent construction.

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