Mark L. Rotert

Mark L. Rotert has over thirty-five years of experience as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has extensive experience as an appellate attorney, providing him with a strong combination of trial skills, writing skills, and expertise in oral advocacy. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals and corporations in criminal, regulatory, and civil cases. Each year since 2012 and through the present, Mr. Rotert has been listed among the Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois by Chicago Magazine.

Before forming Stetler & Rotert, Mr. Rotert was for ten years a partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn, where he concentrated on the litigation of civil and criminal matters for corporate and individual clients. His clients were drawn from a wide array of industries, including pharmaceutical companies, a major airline, accounting and consulting firms, a national retail chain, and the country’s largest provider of home health care. Mr. Rotert litigated cases involving allegations of bankruptcy fraud, professional malpractice, criminal environmental violations, breaches of fiduciary duties by corporate directors, and fraud in the administration of government programs.

Mr. Rotert came to Winston & Strawn after serving for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Within two years of his appointment as an AUSA Mr. Rotert was given supervisory responsibilities and during his tenure he supervised all white collar criminal prosecutions brought in the Chicago federal courts. Mr. Rotert also served as a trial prosecutor in a number of nationally prominent criminal cases involving bank fraud, public corruption, fraud in the Chicago futures exchanges, insurance fraud, and violations of the securities laws.

Mr. Rotert began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and during the first ten years of his professional tenure he was lead trial prosecutor in a dozen homicide cases tried in the Illinois state courts. Mr. Rotert later was appointed Chief of the Criminal Appeals Division, where he held supervisory authority over all criminal appeals brought to the Supreme Court of Illinois. Twice Mr. Rotert briefed and argued cases to the Supreme Court of the United States, winning both appeals.

Mr. Rotert received J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota. He is a frequent lecturer at Chicago law schools and continuing education programs. He is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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