Attorney Profile


Stephen was born and raised in Illinois, resides in Naperville, and is the proud son of a working class family. He graduated third in his law school class, summa cum laude, at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Practicing law since 2012, Stephen prides himself in providing legal services in the areas of real estate, probate, and civil matters. As a former real estate agent, he provides a unique perspective to the legal side of real estate transactions.

Notably, Mr. Sotelo served as the lead plaintiff in a groundbreaking class action lawsuit called Sotelo v. DirectRevenue, LLC, 384 F.Supp.2d 1219 (N.D. Ill. 2005), where he alleged that the defendant illegally installed “spyware” onto millions of computers. Ultimately, the Sotelo case created a legal precedent that electronic transmissions can constitute trespass under Illinois law, prompting a landmark injunctive settlement agreement. Since then, the case has been cited in numerous law review articles, treatises on Internet law, court cases, and newspapers, including USA Today, Legal Newsline, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Daily Southtown, Washington Post, and New York Law Journal, among others.