About Us

At Stetler & Rotert, Ltd., we don’t need to assure our clients that we will do an excellent job for them. Our peers tell them for us. Chambers & Partners, the internationally respected evaluation agency for law firms, describes SR as a “phenomenal litigation boutique” that is a “leading force” among all law firms in Chicago. Relying on opinions gathered in confidence from our peers and competitors, Chambers & Partners reports that our “team of eight courtroom experts has expertise in every aspect of state and federal litigation, at both the trial and appellate stage.” This reputation earned SR recognition as a “go-to firm for high-stakes litigation.” Chambers & Partners ranks SR as a “Band One” law firm in Chicago for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations. This is the highest ranking given and SR was one of only two firms in Chicago to receive this honor.

Other prominent rating agencies also hold SR in high esteem. U.S. News & World Reports, in partnership with the knowledgeable authors of the periodical Best Lawyers, likewise agrees that SR is a “Tier One” litigation firm in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense. The lawyers at SR are ranked among the best in Illinois by both Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers magazines. Among the thousands of law firms established in Illinois, SR is one of only 19 to be recommended by the ratings service “Benchmark Litigation.” Virtually every respected commentator on legal services ranks Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. as one of the very best firms in the Midwest for trial and appellate litigation expertise.

But we are not out to impress other lawyers, our highest goal always is to provide outstanding trial skills to clients. At Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. we recognize that the clients we serve may be facing the most difficult risks of their lives. Whether threatened in their business, their financial security, or their personal liberty, clients at Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. can face those challenges knowing that their attorneys fear no opponent. We are trial lawyers who relish every opportunity to advocate for our clients in the courtroom, and who strive constantly to overcome the threats faced by those we serve. Equally important, we have a strong record of success in helping our clients navigate through controversies without going to court. Our opponents know we will go to trial if necessary and they negotiate with us with that truth in mind.

Our firm was founded in 1998 when Dave Stetler decided to leave a successful partnership at a major law firms to form his own litigation boutique. Partner Bill Ziegelmueller immediately joined Dave because he shared the vision of a firm focused on providing outstanding trial skills to individuals and businesses. Mark Rotert became a partner in 2007 because he also preferred the opportunity to serve clients in a firm where personal relationships are the foundation for professional services.

The lawyers at Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. all have outstanding individual credentials. They are graduates of the country’s finest law schools, they held positions of authority at the highest levels of federal and state government, and they quickly gained partnerships at America’s most prestigious law firms. What brings them together, however, is not just their skill and experience; it is their outlook and ethic. Although our firm easily could grow larger, we are selective. We work with the best people to produce the best results for clients with the most sophisticated problems. Countless numbers of lawyers can claim to be involved in “litigation.” We are trial lawyers.

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