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Practice Areas
  • J.D., with honors, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1997
  • B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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Staci Ketay Rotman


Staci advises and represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.  She represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration proceedings. Staci has extensive experience in connection with employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, leave management, employee accommodation, restrictive covenants, employment related torts, employment policies and agreements, reductions in force, I-9 compliance and other workplace issues. She also advises and represents employers on the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state statutes, ranging from worker classification audits to claims alleging unpaid wages. Staci uses her litigation experience to counsel employers on how to achieve their business objectives while minimizing the risks of litigation.

Staci represents employers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, retail, technology, insurance, hospitality and hotels, utilities, hospitals and nursing homes, and municipalities.

Staci is the editor and co-author of the firm’s Wage & Hour Insights blog, and has co-authored a number of articles on wage and hour topics, including “Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Join White-Collar Quest for Overtime Pay,” BNA’s Daily Labor Report (September 28, 2011) and “Non-tipped Duties Cannot Exceed 20 Percent of Work,” Hospitality Law (July 2011). In 2017, Staci was named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

Prior to joining the firm in December 2005, Staci practiced at Holland & Knight LLP. She is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations.

Staci currently serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Team. She is involved with the Dewey School of Excellence, the firm’s Chicago Public Schools’ partner school.

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Achieved a favorable judgment for a leading national retailer in a case involving race and disability discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and FMLA retaliation claims brought in federal district court by a former human resources manager; the court dismissed the manager’s claims in their entirety and awarded attorneys’ fees in favor of the retailer on a counterclaim which asserted that the manager breached a binding confidentiality agreement by taking confidential documents that she claimed supported her allegations
  • Obtained summary judgment in Cook County Circuit Court for a municipality in a religious accommodation claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act, which was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court
  • Advised series of clients on the proper classification of certain positions under the FLSA and related state statutes
  • Represented and successfully settled litigation claims brought against a subsidiary of a global energy management company by a customer service representative alleging unpaid overtime under FLSA and the Illinois Minimum Wage Act
  • Represented and successfully settled class and collective action brought against manufacturing company by production employees alleging unpaid wages under the FLSA, the Illinois Minimum Wage Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • Represented and successfully settled claims brought by four individuals against a real estate company alleging unpaid wages under the FLSA, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and Illinois Employee Classification Act
  • Advised multiple clients through re-organizations and restructuring
  • Served as an integral member of the team that developed the litigation strategy and successfully resolved an action brought by 20 current and former employees of a leading national retailer in which the plaintiffs alleged sexual harassment and discrimination; the case settled under the requested budget set forth by the client