Steven J. Roeder is the principal of Roeder Law Offices LLC. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, professional liability and class action litigation throughout the country.
Mr. Roeder has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating that firm gives. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for business litigation and class action/mass torts defense from 2005 to the present and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer for commercial litigation, class action defense and product liability law. Since 2005, Mr Roeder has taught trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Mr. Roeder has more than 30 years of jury trial experience, representing corporations and individuals in hundreds of cases throughout the United States. He successfully has tried more than 35 cases before state courts, federal courts and arbitration panels.
In the business litigation area, Mr. Roeder’s clients have run the gamut from hedge funds, private equity funds, and publicly traded corporations to privately held businesses and individuals. His engagements have involved the prosecution and defense of fiduciary duty claims; dissolution of partnerships and limited liability companies; insurance coverage; misappropriation of trade secrets; restrictive covenants; contracts; fraud (including securities, commodities and consumer fraud); real estate litigation; and substantive bankruptcy matters.
Mr. Roeder has substantial experience in nationwide and statewide class actions. As Chevron’s supervising North American counsel in the High Temperature Plastic Vent Pipe Litigation, he supervised and coordinated the defense of nationwide class actions filed in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Canada, supervised the defense of claims filed in Massachusetts and Texas, and prosecuted the company's claims for contribution and indemnity. He also negotiated a landmark industry-wide corrective action plan that resolved all U.S. claims against the company and its affiliates to replace an estimated 250,000 high temperature plastic vent pipe systems throughout the country.
In one notable case, Mr. Roeder also has served as plaintiffs’ class counsel. Because of the expertise he showed defending a hedge fund and its founder, opposing counsel from that case asked Mr. Roeder to assist in prosecuting claims brought on behalf of a class of Illinois funeral directors to recover trust funds the funeral directors had invested on behalf of thousands of pre-need customers in Illinois -- and to whom the funeral directors faced substantial liability for their allegedly improper investments. A global settlement in excess of $41 million restored trust funds needed to pay the funeral and burial services the funeral directors had agreed to provide to their pre-need consumers. As part of the settlement, the funeral directors also obtained releases from a certified class of pre-need customers that protected them from any further claims arising out of these investments.
In the professional liability area, Mr. Roeder has prosecuted and defended claims of professional negligence and misconduct against accountants, attorneys and other professionals. He won a $13 million jury verdict for the governing board of the City Colleges of Chicago in an audit malpractice lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P, believed to be the largest reported audit malpractice jury verdict in Illinois. In product liability matters, Mr. Roeder defended dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors in ephedra-related claims alleging personal injury and wrongful death.
Mr. Roeder also has successfully handled pro bono matters. In the separate murder trials of the two indigent defendents he was appointed to represent, Mr. Roeder obtained acquittals in both cases.