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   3Michael Paul CoganChicago(312) 477-2500mcogan@coganpower.commcogan@coganpower.comCogan & Power PCwww.coganpower.comwww.coganpower.comcoganmichael.jpgPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Michael Paul Coganmcogan@coganpower.com
Cogan & Power PChttp://www.coganpower.com
1 E Wacker Dr Ste 510
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 477-2500 Fx.(312) 477-2501Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:
Personal Injury Law: General
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
As one of Chicago’s leading trial lawyers, Michael P. Cogan has earned a reputation as a compassionate and aggressive advocate for victims of personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Over the course of his career, he has secured for his clients multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements totaling in excess of $135 million.

Mr. Cogan co-founded his former law firm, Cogan & McNabola, P.C., in 1992. In 2012 he joined with his former colleague, distinguished trial attorney John Power, to form Cogan & Power, P.C. Mr. Cogan takes a hands-on approach to every case, working personally with his clients throughout the litigation process.

Nationally recognized by his peers and the legal profession, Mr. Cogan has received the highest possible peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named one of the top 100 consumer attorneys in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and has been inducted into the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. He is an invited member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum and the exclusive Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers. He also serves on the advisory board of the Network of Leading American Attorneys.

Mr. Cogan has been appointed an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, where he teaches trial advocacy.

The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) is the largest group of attorneys in Illinois representing victims of personal injury, medical negligence and product liability. Michael Cogan and John Power are on the Board of Governors of this prestigious organization. One of the major platform items of ITLA is to battle the insurance, health care and big business lobbies in Illinois intent on depriving the citizens of Illinois of the right to a trial by a jury of their peers in injury cases.

On July 18, 2014, ITLA’s president, John Cooney, appointed Michael as co-chairperson of ITLA’s medical negligence committee. As co-chairperson, Michael will work with state legislators in Springfield to fashion legislation preserving victim’s rights and in defeating legislation that would infringe on the constitutionally protected right to fair and reasonable compensation for victims of negligent conduct.

For the past several years, Mr. Cogan has served as one of only two non-physicians on the board of directors of Cornerstones, a not-for-profit organization made up of the top gastroenterologists in the country who host nationwide webinars and round table discussions in communities that are underserved by gastroenterologists who practice in a university/research environment.

His advocacy skills have helped victims of medical negligence throughout Illinois, as well as in Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, and the Queens Court in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A featured speaker at legal and medical seminars throughout the country, Mr. Cogan also contributes articles frequently to legal publications. His column, “Cogan’s Corner,” appears monthly in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and he was featured in a 2011 article in Leading Lawyers Magazine titled, "Michael Cogan: Calm in the Midst of Chaos."


Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Estate of Terry Graves v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, et al. (00 L 1567 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $11.4 Million

    While undergoing a cervical fusion revision at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a 53-year old man sustained injury to his cervical cord. He was rendered a ventilator dependent quadriplegic for 2 years and subsequently died from his injuries.
  • LaCalamita v. Rush Copley Medical Center, et al. (99 L 3458 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $6 Million

    Obstetrician failed to proceed with delivery in response to subtle irregularities in fetal monitor tracing. Infant was born oxygen deprived and was subsequently diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy.
  • Estate of Ebony Davis v. Roseland Comm. Hospital, et al. (95 L 12339 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $5.582 Million

    5-1/2 month-old girl received an overdose of 3% sodium chloride at Roseland Hospital, resulting in a permanent brain injury.
  • Herron-Wilson v. Speziale Nicholas, et al. (06 L 003160- Cook County)
    Disposition Settlement $4.05 million

    43-year-old woman suffered an eye injury to her left orbital floor in a car accident. Plastic surgeon incorrectly placed titanium mesh and screws into the eye area. Patient suffered nerve entrapment and later required surgery to remove the plate and screws. She continues to suffer from left-sided facial pain and takes pain medication.
  • $3.7 million: Following routine out-patient bunionectomy, orthopedic surgeon prescribed an excessive dose of extra-strength Vicodin. After ingesting the Vicodin as prescribed for three days, the 38-year-old suffered liver failure from Tylenol component of Vicodin and died.
  • Estate of Kenneth Vigil v. Novey (06 L 003160 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $3 Million
  • Estate of Jervae Dixon v. French (02 L 5535 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Verdict $3 Million
  • Estate of Jeanine Camody v. Dr. Kelikian (00 L 1842 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2.7 Million
  • $2.6 million: 14-year-old girl was brought to the University of Illinois at Chicago with breathing problems, lack of appetite, and history of blood in her sputum. After being treated and released, she was readmitted the following day. Doctors diagnosed pneumonia and advised that there was a hole in her lung. She did not survive the resulting surgery.
  • Estate of Charles Green v. Rush Prudential HMO (98 L 9154 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2.5 Million
  • Estate of Taadhameika Alford v. Dr. Marcinak (03 L 161 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2.5 Million
  • $2.4 million: 26 year-old woman was admitted to Columbus Hospital with known viral encephalitis. Medical personnel at Columbus Hospital failed to properly monitor electrolytes resulting in SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone) induced hyponatremia with resultant brain edema, herniation, cardiac arrest, and death.
  • Estate of Uriel Delavega v. Sherman Hospital, et al. (99 L 452 - Kane County)
    Disposition: Verdict $2.25 Million
  • Estate of Gerald Crosby v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital, et al. (06 L 10031 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2.1 Million

    Breech baby delivered vaginally at Ingalls Hospital was stuck in the birth canal for 25 minutes. The baby died 2 years later from complications resulting from this difficult labor.
  • $2.05 million: 56-year-old husband and father was admitted to Lutheran General Hospital to determine cause of obstructive jaundice. After undergoing diagnostic ERCP, he developed cholangitis (infection of the bile duct) which went undiagnosed, and resulted in sepsis, septic shock, cardiac arrest and the patient’s death.
  • Estate of Butynski v. Riverside Medical Center, et al. (96 L 7464 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2 Million.
  • Gray-Moores v. Hwang (07 L 4123 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $2 Million
  • $2 million: 50-year-old man died from cardiac arrest while driving himself to the emergency room, after health-care provider failed to respond properly to his complaints of cardiac signs and symptoms.
  • Campagna v. Dr. Ippoliti, et al. (99 L 5615 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $1.9 Million
  • Estate of Schlueter v. Dr. Carl Eybel, et al. (97 L 13059 - Cook County)
    Disposition: Settlement $1.5 Million
  • John Rice v. U.S. (V.A. Hospital) (97 C 231 - Northern District of Illinois)
    Disposition: Settlement $1 Million


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1981
U.S. District Court
  Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1987
  District of Colorado, 2003
  Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
Numerous State Court Pro Hac Vice Admissions


Date of Birth:  1956

Law School:  The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1981

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.S., 1978

Employment History:  
Cogan & Power PC, 2012-present
Cogan & McNabola, 1992-2012
Private practice, 1983-1992
Office of the General Counsel, Michael Reese Hospital


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, invited member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors, 2013
      Medical Negligence Committee, co-chair, 2014
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition (judge, 1998)
  • National Moot Court Trial Competition (judge, 1998)
  • Cornerstones Health, Inc.
      Board of Directors, 2011-present
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • "Top 100 Consumer Lawyers," Leading Lawyers Magazine, 1997-present
  • "Top 100 Lawyers," American Association for Justice, 2009-2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyer®
  • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Personal Injury Law; General and Personal Injury Law; Professional Malpractice
  • Leading Lawyers Advisory Board Member (based on peer votes)
Teaching Experience:
Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Advocacy at The John Marshall Law School


Community Involvement:  
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 1986- present
Village of Glencoe Baseball Association
  Commissioner
Glencoe Park District Basketball
  Coach, 1995-2000
Little League Baseball
  Coach, 1995-2000
Family Services of Glencoe
  Benefactor
University of Chicago Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation
  Past president
The Knapp Burn Foundation
  Legal Counsel, 1992-1995


Published Legal Writing:  
"The Myth of the Rebuttable Presumption for loss of Society in Wrongful Death Cases," Illinois Bar Journal, November 2013

"The Tort Immunity Anomaly: Failure to Properly Examine or Diagnose," Illinois Bar Journal, September 2002

Mr. Cogan's regular column, "Cogan's Corner," appears in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Among those columns are the following:
"Keeping Hospitals Accountable to Medical Studies Act Requirements," Oct. 9, 2014

"A Quick Study of the Medical Studies Act," Sept. 29, 2014

"A Lawyer’s Guide to Aspirational Rules," Aug. 11, 2014

"A Guide to Pleading and Proving Medical Malpractice," June 11, 2014

"Spoliation of Evidence and the Technological Age," April 8, 2014

"High Court Slays the Dragon of Actual and Apparent Agency Claims," March 18, 2014

"Medical Malpractice and the FTCA: The Statute of Repose Trap," Jan. 29, 2014

"New Civil Procedure Simplifies Settlement Collection For All Parties," Oct. 31, 2013

"Illinois Wrongful Death Act Lays Unwitting Traps for Attorneys," Aug. 8, 2013

"Lawyers Try to Unravel the Special Administrator Quandary," Dec. 3, 2012

"Many Trends Emerge with Personal Injury and Distracted Driving," Sept. 18, 2012

"Lawyers Can Help Prevent Misconduct Among a New Generation of Jurors," Aug. 6, 2012

"People Must Meet Physician-Patient Issues Head-on at the Outset," May 3, 2012


Legal Lectures:  
"Law Bulletin Annual Judges Symposium," 2012

"Voir Dire," Law Bulletin Jury Management Conference, 2010

"Arbitration and Mediation," Law Bulletin Publishing Company Litigation Series

"Special Ethical Considerations in Handling Medical Malpractice Cases," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund, 2005

"How Not to Get Sued," University of Illinois at Chicago, Third-Year Resident Retreat

Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, 2004

"Issues in Medical Malpractice," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001

American Gastroenterological Association Annual Meeting, 1999, 2000

"International Screening Guidelines for Colon Cancer," Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Innesbrook, Florida, 2000

"Legal Issues," St. Francis Hospital Grand Rounds, 1994, 1997, 2000

"Legal Issues," University of Chicago Hospitals Grand Rounds, 1998, 1999

"Issues in Medical Malpractice," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001

Various Topics Relating to Medical Malpractice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. 1984


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