Blake A. Roter is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Blake is Co-Chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Clients trust Blake to understand their business and provide thoughtful, strategic advice to achieve their goals.

As a trial and appellate attorney, Blake regularly counsels clients in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, from the initial factual investigation through mediation, arbitration and trial, representing Fortune 500 companies, public and private institutions, middle-market businesses and high net worth individuals.

As a leader of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group, Blake is dedicated to assisting insurance policyholders in disputes with their insurers for dilatory conduct, wrongful denial of coverage, insufficient provision of coverage and bad faith. Blake has represented policyholders in a wide array of coverage disputes, including real estate developers, general contractors and subcontractors on property damage and bodily injury claims under primary and excess commercial general liability and professional liability policies. He has also represented public and private companies, including employee-owned companies (ESOPs), on claims under directors and officers, employment practices and fiduciary liability policies. His experience as a litigator gives him the experience necessary to prepare every coverage dispute for litigation from the outset.

Blake has represented clients in numerous types of complex commercial disputes over breaches of contracts, warranties, leases and employment agreements, including non-competes, non-solicits, and confidentiality clauses, trade secret misappropriation, shareholder disputes, and business torts.

Blake also serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Associate Mentoring Committee where he is committed to associate training and development, which will allow Burke Warren to continue offering high quality legal services for years to come. He has also served for several years on the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Committee.

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.


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


  • Jewish Federations of North America
    • National Young Leadership Cabinet (2020-Present)
  • The Standard Club
    • Board of Directors (2019-Present)
  • Anti-Defamation League
    • National Commissioner (2024-Present)
    • Regional Board Member (2016-Present)
      • Regional Executive Council (2022-Present)
        • Regional Nominating Committee Chair (2024-Present)
        • Regional Nominating Committee Vice-Chair (2021-23)
    • 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)




Speaking Engagements



  • 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


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
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