Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Education

Tulane University (B.A., cum laude, 2006)

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2012)

  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review
  • Member and Coach of the Moot Court Board

Clerkships

  • Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2012-13

Profile

Blake A. Roter is an associate in Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella's Litigation groups. His practice focuses on the representation of major corporations, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, pension funds and mid-sized businesses in complex commercial and civil litigation.

Blake handles a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters including trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant violations (non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements), contract and lease disputes, trust contests, labor and employment matters, business divorce and shareholder disputes, business and other tort claims, statute and ordinance violations, and real estate controversies in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Burke, Warren, Blake served as the law clerk for Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Blake was a summer associate at Burke, Warren, in 2011.  

Experience

  • Won judgment on the pleadings in Caveo, LLC v. Citizens Insurance Company of America, Inc., et al, No. 15-cv-6200, 2016 WL 5477537 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 29, 2016) (Motion for reconsideration denied, 2017 WL 2672297), holding that client’s insurer breached its duty to defend and indemnify client in underlying litigation.
  • Won bench trial in Cook County, Illinois, holding the client’s contractor had breach its construction contract and violated the Home Remodeling and Repair Act, 815 ILCS 513/1, et seq., entitling client to recovery of his damages and attorney’s fees.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order in federal court to prevent client's former employees from using stolen customer information to open a competing business, leading to a negotiated preliminary injunction and ultimately six-figure settlement payment to client.
  • Sued client's licensee for breach of the license agreement in federal court to prevent the unauthorized use of client's trade secrets, resulting in beneficial settlement for client.
  • Represented Big 6 Bank in trust litigation, including a trust contest trial, petitions for instructions and petitions for early termination.
  • Represented third-party logistics company in federal court action to prevent a former manager from using trade secrets to work for client's competitor and obtained permanent injunction to prevent former manager and competitor from using client's trade secrets.
  • Defended elderly homeowner against breach of contract claims brought by fly-by-night home repair company leading to a beneficial settlement for client.
  • Represented bank officers, directors and employees in OCC and FDIC investigations and civil actions.
  • Represented several mid-sized family businesses in successful arbitration proceedings.
  • Defended residential developer against home buyer's meritless allegations of undisclosed defects which was voluntarily dismissed after the majority of counts were dismissed on the merits.

Professional/Community

Blake serves on the Auxiliary Board of Reading in Motion, a nonprofit organization that partners with Chicago Public Schools and its teachers to create and deliver an innovative, supplemental reading program to engage young students. 

Blake also sits on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and its Civil Rights Executive Committee. He previously served as a Co-Chair of its 2015-16 Glass Leadership Institute in Chicago.

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