Roger A. Stetter was born in New York, New York in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations in 1968 and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1971, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review.
After graduation he worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley, Virginia, then as an Assistant Professor of Law at Louisiana State University and later as Director of the Criminal Defense Legal Clinic at the University of Tennessee Law School. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, as a litigation associate with the former Wall Street law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander (1977-82), a partner with the New Orleans firm of Lemle & Kelleher (1983-99) and as the head of his own firm in New Orleans. Roger Stetter specializes in complex civil litigation involving clergy abuse, toxic torts, professional liability, employment discrimination, antitrust and business disputes. In 2001, he served as co-counsel in an environmental pollution case that resulted in the second highest verdict in the United States. Since 2005, he has successfully represented over 100 adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in civil damage actions against the responsible parties.
Mr. Stetter has been leading the fight for victims of clergy abuse against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for more than 15 years, and has recovered almost 10 million dollars on their behalf. A Roman Catholic clergyman indicted for raping one of Mr. Stetter’s clients — the first such indictment in the history of New Orleans — died while awaiting trial.
Mr. Stetter is a frequent guest lecturer and the author/editor of many publications including Louisiana Civil Appellate Procedure and Louisiana Environmental Compliance (West). In 1998, the Louisiana Bar Foundation distributed his book, In Our Own Words: Reflections on Professionalism in the Law, to every lawyer and judge in Louisiana. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and of The American Law Institute. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana, New York and Virginia.
Roger A. Stetter, Esq.
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW
4429 Baronne Street
New Orleans, La. 70115
Tel (504) 231-6045