David J. Stetler

Dave Stetler is a founding principal of Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. His practice is primarily concentrated in the defense of complex civil and administrative matters and white collar prosecutions and investigations. He handles all aspects of federal criminal prosecutions through the investigative, administrative, prosecutive, and appellate stages. Mr. Stetler has extensive federal trial experience in both jury and non-jury cases, and has argued numerous cases in the Seventh, Third and Eighth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Stetler also has extensive experience representing corporations with agents and employees who have been implicated in misconduct. This experience includes conducting internal corporate investigations, both prior to and following commencement of governmental investigations. Finally, Mr. Stetler’s practice includes the representation of civil litigants in complex financial lawsuits and civil RICO matters, as well as clients subject to federal administrative and regulatory audits and investigations.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Bar Foundation, Mr. Stetler was formerly a partner for nine years in the Litigation Department in the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery. Until 1988, Mr. Stetler served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney he investigated and prosecuted complex financial crimes and public corruption cases. He was appointed Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and later, Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division, where he supervised 25 federal prosecutors and supervised all criminal appeals from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Stetler has taught trial practice for the U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute and John Marshall Law School. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of white collar topics.

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