A former litigation partner, Royce is a Director on the Lighthouse Advisory team, specializing in data and ediscovery strategies, information law, and governance issues. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers, and was featured in The New York Times Magazine as one of the top women lawyers in insurance coverage in New York State from 2016-2020. With nearly two decades of experience, Royce’s success is attributed to, in large part, her ability to navigate the complex data landscape at the center of US pre-trial litigation, particularly within the insurance industry. Clients seek her counsel on litigation preparedness and response tactics, regulatory compliance with state insurance agencies, and pre-trial strategies. She has written and defended countless motions involving data-related challenges; prepared and cross-examined technical witnesses (for deposition, motion hearings, arbitration, and trial); and counseled numerous clients on risk strategies associated with the use of information and technology.
Prior to Lighthouse, Royce was a litigation partner and Chair of Tressler LLP’s Reinsurance Practice, which was awarded Best Reinsurance Law Firm in New York from 2017 through 2020 by Global Law Experts. Royce’s practice focused on reinsurance, insurance coverage, and insurance defense litigation, with a heavy specialization in ediscovery, including ESI protocols, motions to compel, FRCP 27(f) conferences, FRCP 30(b)(6) depositions for technical topics and ediscovery processes, and risk-mitigation strategies in connection with the inadvertent deletion of data. Royce also served as the Firm’s ediscovery expert and go-to resource on records and other technical challenges, presenting legal and regulatory risk.
Before Tressler, Royce was a special counsel in the Litigation Department at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she represented insurers and reinsurers in a wide range of complex reinsurance disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration, and was the Founder and Co-chair of the eDiscovery and Information Governance Practice Group. Her work resulted in several arbitration awards in excess of $80M on behalf of clients, largely due to successful discovery efforts.
Royce earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.
On a personal note, Royce was born and raised in New York City, where she lives along with her partner, stepson and son – four blocks from where she grew up. Royce has a driver’s license but has not driven a car in 23 years.
Active member of the New York State Bar; the Southern District of New York; and Eastern District of New York.
Pro Bono: State of New York Unified Court System’s Pro Bono Service Award Recipient (2012, 2013); New York State Courts Access to Justice Award Recipient (2013); and inMotion’s Commitment to Justice Award (2012).