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

Representative Matters

Trade Secret Litigation & Employment Agreement Litigation

Obtained a temporary restraining order in the Northern District of Indiana to prevent staffing company 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.

Represented third-party logistics company in the Northern District of Illinois 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.

Represented accounting firm in the Northern District of Illinois to prevent former managerial employee from stealing client and prospective client list and violate non-competition agreement to start a competing business, obtaining an injunction and settlement.

Represented a retailer of commercial lighting systems in the Northern District of Illinois in a suit against a former employee and member who, while still employed by the client, created his own company to compete with our client, in the process stealing customer and prospective customer information, breaching his employment agreement and creating confusion in the marketplace.

Represented a chemical manufacturer in the Eastern District of Missouri in a lawsuit against its former distributor who bribed the client's employee for confidential chemical formulas, defeating a motion for a temporary restraining order, and bringing claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 among others.

Represented a vertical farm in suit against licensee in the Western District of Michigan for breach of license agreement and trade secret misappropriation to prevent the unauthorized use of client's trade secrets.

Defended a consulting company against claims in the Southern District of Ohio that it and its new employees stole confidential information, violated copyright and trade secret laws and breached employment agreements, brought by their former competitor employer.

Represented a car dealership in the Eastern District of Wisconsin in a suit against a former employee and his new employer who improperly accessed customer information and used that customer information on behalf of his new employer.

Other Representative Matters

Labor & Employment Litigation

Represented employers and their managers against lawsuits brought by the Illinois Department of Labor under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Act

Trusts & Estates Litigation

Represented Big 6 Bank in trust litigation, including trust contest trial, petitions for instructions, appointment of successor trustees and early termination.

Insurance Coverage Litigation

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.

General Commercial & Real Estate Litigation

Won bench trial in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago), 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.

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.

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 developers, property owners, and condominium associations against municipal ordinance violations brought by the City of Chicago, including building code violations, construction violations, and streets & sanitation violations.

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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