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A native of Chicago's South Side and one of the founding partners of the Cook County law firm, Power Rogers & Smith, Mr. Rogers has dedicated more than two decades of his career to representing the most difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Putting his heart and soul in his work, Mr. Rogers has excelled as a trial attorney, winning numerous multimillion dollar personal injury settlements and verdicts for his clients in many types of cases, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, and aviation accident negligence.
Attorney's impressive record of success started early on in his career. After conducting his very first trial in Cook County, Mr. Rogers won $27 million in a product liability case for his client, which in 1985 was the largest personal injury verdict in Illinois history. Since then, Mr. Rogers has recovered many multimillion dollar personal injury verdicts and settlements, including recently winning $55 million for a brain-damaged woman, Illinois' largest medical malpractice verdict in the last decade.
A leader in the personal injury field, Mr. Rogers was elected president of both the Cook County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, serving as the latter's first African American president. Recognized nationally as a highly skilled personal injury litigator, he was named one of the "Ten Most Influential Illinois Lawyers" by American Lawyer Media in 2000, and one of the nation's top 10 litigators by the National Law Journal in 1999. During his distinguished career, Mr. Rogers has been honored with numerous awards, including the Richard E. Westbrook Award for legal excellence from the Cook County Bar Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association of DePaul University.
1983 Admitted to Illinois Bar
1983 Admitted to United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1985 Admitted to United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Federal Trial Bar
1988 Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1988 Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
1989 Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America
1990 Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Year of Birth: 1947
Law School: DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1983
Undergraduate School: St. Xavier College, B.A., Philosophy, 1974
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Cook County Bar Association
President, 1991-1992 President-Elect, 1990-1991 Second Vice President, 1989-1990 Third Vice President, 1988-1989 Board of Directors, 1985-1994 Nominating Committee, 1985, 1991 Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1986-1987
Illinois State Bar Association Ad Hoc Committee on Judiciary, 1994
American Bar Association
National Bar Association Board of Governors, 1990-1991 (CCBA Affiliate Rep.)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
President Elect, 1999
Second Vice President, 1998
Third Vice President, 1997
Board of Managers, 1987-present
Membership Committee, 1992
Executive Committee, 1996-present
Nominating Committee, 1995
Legislative Committee - Co-Chair 1996-present
Participated in legislative lobbying efforts to oppose Medical Malpractice
Act of 1985 and Civil Justice Reform Act of 1995
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Public Affairs Committee - 1995-present
Public Action Management Committee - 1995
Committee on Courts - 1996
Minority Caucus - 1994 - present
Commissioner -Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, 1991 - 1995
Commissioner - United States Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, 1993 - 1996
Appointee - Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, 1995-2003
Appointee - Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Orientation Awareness in the Circuit Court of Cook County, 1997 - present
Member - Board of Directors, South Side Help Center
Member - Board of Trustees, St. Xavier University
Member - Board of Trustees, PUSH for Excellence, Inc.
Member - Board of Trustees, Providence-St. Mel School, 1995-2000
Member - Board of Directors, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 1996-2001
Member - Board of Directors, Center for Disability and Elderly Law
Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Alumni Award, DePaul University College of Law, 2003
Listed by Harvard Law Graduates Naifeh and Smith in their book The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2002.
American Lawyer Media, 2000. Listed as one of the Ten Most Influential Illinois Lawyers
National Law Journal, 1999. Listed as one of the Nation's Top Ten Litigators
Richard E. Westbrook Award in recognition of legal excellence, presented by the Cook County Bar Association, 1987 and 1999.
BLSA Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by Black Law Students Association, DePaul University, College of Law, 1995.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Monarch award, presented for excellence in the legal profession, 1995.