Excellent courtroom advocacy at Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. is not limited to the trial courtroom. Our lawyers rely on outstanding writing skills to produce persuasive legal briefs, then they back up those arguments with effective oral advocacy. Appellate work is done by lawyers with extensive experience before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, and intermediate appellate courts throughout the Midwest.


Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. counsel won a complete reversal and acquittal on bribery charges for the CEO and founder of a national Pharmacy Benefits Manager company. SR’s victory was complete that the United States Court of Appeals took the rare step of ordering the client released from custody the same day that SR presented oral argument to that Court. Not only was the client’s liberty secured, but SR’s brief and argument brought about substantial change in the law of entrapment within the Seventh Circuit federal courts. United States v. Barta, 776 F.3d 931 (7th Cir. 2015).

The criminal conviction of L.E. Myers, Co. was thrown out by the Seventh Circuit after we successfully argued that the conviction was the result of numerous errors committed by the trial court. The government agreed to drop the case after the reversal. United States v. L.E. Myers, Co., 562 F.3d 845 (7th Cir. 2009).

After winning the dismissal of all criminal charges against a large national construction holding company, we convinced the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the dismissal in a landmark case which narrowed the so-called “Multi-Employer Liability Doctrine.” United States v. MYR Group, Inc, 361 F.3d 364 (7th Cir. 2004).

SR briefed and argued a direct appeal brought by the former Chicago City Treasurer and succeeded in gaining a reversal of her conviction. United States v. Miriam Santos, 201 F. 3d 953 (7th Cir. 2000).

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