Mark L. Rotert

Mark L. Rotert is a principal (partner) at Stetler, Duffy & Rotert, Ltd. where he represents individuals and businesses involved in civil, regulatory and criminal cases. Mr. Rotert is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and in 2012 he was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Rotert has over thirty years of experience practicing in federal and state courts around the country in civil and criminal cases. He helps clients understand what to expect during a dispute and how they can best protect their interests, perspectives that are drawn from his experience litigating cases at every level. Mr. Rotert has tried lengthy and complex jury trials and twice he argued and won appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States. He combines strong trial skills with effective written advocacy to achieve positive results in government investigations, regulatory proceedings, mediation, trial litigation, and appeals.

From 1994 until 2004 Mr. Rotert was a partner in the Litigation Department at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, where he represented corporations and individuals involved in complex civil litigation, criminal grand jury proceedings, and corporate internal investigations. His clients reflected a broad spectrum of industries, including pharmaceutical companies; banks; a major airline; a national retail chain; health care providers; and consulting firms. He litigated complex matters involving billions of dollars in law suits alleging professional malpractice; bankruptcy fraud; breaches of fiduciary duty; and fraud against government programs.

Before joining Winston & Strawn, Mr. Rotert was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago. He served as trial prosecutor in nationally-significant cases involving financial fraud in the commodities futures markets; corruption in the Chicago Police Department; lending fraud causing the collapse of a major national bank; and export violations by a Fortune 500 corporation. In addition to the grand jury investigations and trial prosecutions he led, Mr. Rotert also was given various supervisory responsibilities during his tenure as an AUSA, culminating in his appointment as Associate Chief of the Criminal Division.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Rotert served as Chief of the Criminal Appeals Division for the Attorney General of Illinois, where he was responsible for all criminal appellate litigation before the United States Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition to his two appearances before the United States Supreme Court, he briefed and argued over twenty cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. He also has extensive experience practicing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (including an argument heard en banc).

Mr. Rotert received his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota. He frequently lectures at Chicago area law schools and at continuing legal education programs, on topics including trial and appellate advocacy, ethics, and the proper conduct of corporate internal investigations. He is a member of the American and Illinois State bar associations and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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