Practices & Industries
- 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
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
- Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2012-13
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), labor and employment matters, contract, business tort and shareholder disputes, 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.
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 adhesive manufacturer and distributor in the Northern District of Illinois on a motion for a temporary restraining order and in expedited discovery in preparation for a preliminary injunction hearing to prevent former vice president and director of sales from violating a non-competition agreement to work for a competitor, obtaining an injunction and settlement.
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 Litigation
Won a reversal and remand in Malek v. Gold Coast Exotic Imports, LLC, 2018 IL App (1st) 171459, holding that an oral agreement between automobile dealership and customer created a valid security interest, which dealership perfected by taking possession of the vehicle which put customer’s ex-wife on notice of the dealership’s interest in the vehicle, such that the vehicle’s title she obtained in divorce action was subject to dealership’s lien.
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.
Blake serves on the Board of Directors and Membership Committee of The Standard Club. Founded in 1869, The Standard Club and its members have served as a model of charitable, social and civic responsibility in Chicago for 150 years.
Blake also 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 was Vice President of the Auxiliary Board from 2014-16.
Blake also sits on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and its Civil Rights Executive Committee, Development Committee and National Glass Leadership Institute Alumni Advisory Board. He previously served as a Co-Chair of its 2015-16 Glass Leadership Institute in Chicago.
Blake was named to the 2018 Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 list of talented, difference-making Jewish young adults.
Blake is a member of the Appellate Lawyers Association.
- August 17, 2018
- May 11, 2018
- May 2, 2018
- MEET BLAKE ROTER, AUXILIARY BOARD MEMBERMarch 20, 2018
- October 20, 2017
- May 19, 2017
- March 17, 2017
- August 28, 2016
- July 31, 2016
- June 15, 2016
- May 2, 2016
- October 1, 2013