Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 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 a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Blake is a trial and appellate attorney who handles complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He represents Fortune 500 companies, public and private institutions, middle-market businesses and high net worth individuals.

Blake regularly counsels clients in all aspects of litigation from the initial factual investigation through mediation, arbitration and trial. He has represented clients in numerous types of disputes over breaches of contracts, warranties, and employment agreements, including non-competes, non-solicits, and confidentiality clauses, trade secret misappropriation, shareholder disputes, and business torts. Blake also works with insurance policyholders in disputes with their insurers for dilatory conduct, wrongful denial of coverage, insufficient provision of coverage and bad faith.

Prior to joining Burke Warren, Blake served as the law clerk for Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Blake maintains an active pro bono practice and has served on numerous local and national non-profit boards and committees.

Experience

Representative Matters

Trade Secret, Employment Agreement & Commercial 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 dales 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 violating 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 an electrical device manufacturer against fraud, breach of contract and breach of warranty claims in the Southern District of New York, obtaining dismissal with prejudice of certain claims.

Insurance Coverage Litigation & Advising

  • Won summary judgment in declaratory judgment action in Cook County, Illinois, holding that client’s insurer had a duty to defend an additional insured under the policy, resulting in an additional $12 Million in insurance proceeds being available to resolve underlying personal injury matter.
  • 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.
  • Regularly advises clients in disputes with their insurance companies to ensure appropriate and sufficient insurance coverage. Has represented policyholders related to late notice, prior known acts, independent counsel, payment of counsel, additional insured provisions, dilatory conduct, wrongful denial of coverage, insufficient provision of coverage and bad faith. Has represented clients in actions for declaratory judgment, breach of contract, statutory and common law bad faith, including bad faith failure to settle, in state and federal courts across the United States.

Honors & Awards

2018 Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36

2019 L’Dor V’Dor Award for Emerging Leadership from the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation

Professional/Community

  • Jewish Federations of North America
    • National Young Leadership Cabinet (2020-Present)
  • The Standard Club
    • Board of Directors (2019-Present)
  • Anti-Defamation League
    • Regional Board Member (2016-Present)
      • Regional Executive Council (2022-Present)
      • Regional Nominating Committee Vice-Chair (2021-Present)
    • National Glass Leadership Institute Alumni Advisory Board (2019-21)
    • Chicago Glass Leadership Institute Co-Chair (2015-16)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
    • Member (2018-Present)
    • Cases Pending Contributor (2020-Present)
  • Reading in Motion
    • Auxiliary Board (2013-21)
      • Vice President (2014-16)

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