Roger is the Co-Managing Partner of BFKN and a first chair trial attorney who has appeared more than 100 times before judges in federal and state courts in jurisdictions across the country. Roger has been engaged by some of the world’s most prominent companies to represent them in their most significant legal disputes, including class actions, shareholder disputes, and derivative claims. Roger has a wealth of experience advocating on behalf of REITs, manufacturers, financial institutions, distributors, developers, and the fiduciaries that work in these industries.

Roger represents a broad range of real estate clients and is well-versed in unique controversies involving real estate. He has extensive experience with representing REITs, funds and developers in numerous industries, including the healthcare, industrial, office and commercial sectors. Roger acts as primary counsel related to disputes concerning capital markets transactions, creation of joint ventures with institutional investors, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and partnership issues. He has also litigated issues related to a broad range of construction and development projects on behalf of various parties, including owners, developers, lenders, and contractors concerning locations throughout North America.

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Roger represents financial institutions on matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), corporate fiduciary responsibility, directors and officers liability, civil RICO, insurance, conspiracy claims, and commercial contract disputes.

Roger also represents manufacturers and distributors across the country and around the world to implement market representation and development initiatives and litigate disputes relating to dealer establishments, requirement contracts, distribution agreements, relocations and terminations, warranty reimbursement policies, product allocation systems, facility regulations, advertising requirements, dealer transfers, and site control restrictions.



  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan


  • University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Southern California, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000




Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer on Uniform Commercial Code and contract drafting at the University of Iowa College of Law, 2005


  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2019-2024)
  • Leading Lawyers Network (2021-2023)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star

“Roger Stetson is one of the best litigators in Chicago.”

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