Stephen Sotelo

(Naperville, IL)
Law School: Northern Illinois University
Jurisdiction: Illinois


About Stephen Sotelo
A native of Illinois, Mr. Sotelo is the proud son of a working class family. In addition to teaching him the value of hard work, his family imparted onto him the importance of appreciation, justice, and loyalty.

Mr. Sotelo graduated third in his law school class, summa cum laude, at Northern Illinois University College of Law. While there, he studied business and financial litigation courses, such as the law of business entities, debtors and creditors, secured transactions, the sale of goods, payment systems, negotiable instruments, antitrust, white collar crime, landlord-tenant, trusts and estates, advanced torts, and others.

Prior to law school, Mr. Sotelo earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University. This complements his years of management experience at organizations such as The Musicland Group, Gamestop, and Joann Stores. As a former real estate agent for a Coldwell Banker affiliate, Mr. Sotelo also has first-hand experience in real estate transactions.

Serving as lead plaintiff, Mr. Sotelo worked with attorney David Fish in a class action lawsuit called Sotelo v. DirectRevenue, LLC, 384 F.Supp.2d 1219 (N.D. Ill. 2005). In this groundbreaking lawsuit, Mr. Sotelo alleged that the defendant illegally installed "spyware" onto millions of computers. Ultimately, the Sotelo case created a legal precedent that electronic transmissions onto a computer can constitute the intentional tort of trespass under Illinois law. This prompted a landmark injunctive settlement agreement. The Sotelo case has been cited in numerous law review articles, court cases, and newspapers, including USA Today, Legal Newsline, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, The Daily Southtown, The Washington Post, and The New York Law Journal, among others.

In his spare time, Mr. Sotelo enjoys volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He has been a volunteer at Make A Wish for over five years, serving in various roles from wish-granting, to fundraising, to education and outreach.

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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Northern Illinois UniversityJ.D.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Professional Associations
Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council , Illinois State Bar Association
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