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Devon C. Bruce

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dbruce@powerrogers.com

Devon C. Bruce has been with the Power Rogers law firm since 1993. As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, he has obtained record breaking multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients in multiple areas of the law including personal injury and accounting/banking negligence. In 2017, Mr. Bruce obtained at the time the largest medical malpractice settlement in the history of Illinois. Mr. Bruce obtained $47,500,000.00 for a 4-year-old child in a complex medical malpractice case involving the failure to diagnose and treat a bacterial infection.

Mr. Bruce has successfully represented many personal injury clients and their families including victims of medical malpractice, birth injuries, trucking accidents, wrongful death, product liability, automobile collisions, premises liability actions, failure to diagnose, nursing home negligence, nursing errors, orthopedic and surgical injuries. Mr. Bruce has obtained historical recoveries for his clients in multiple counties throughout the State of Illinois.

Mr. Bruce also represents plaintiffs including municipalities and corporations in accounting and banking malpractice cases. Mr. Bruce has successfully recovered well over 50 million dollars in accounting malpractice and banking malpractice cases for a number of clients.

In addition to his caseload, Mr. Bruce serves on the Board of Managers for the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Bruce served on the Board and was appointed as President of the Teacher’s Retirement System of Illinois from 2018-2021. The ITRS is the largest state pension in Illinois. Assets under management exceeded $63 billion dollars during this time period. Mr. Bruce was named in 2009 by the Chicago Lawyer Magazine as the 40 Lawyers under 40 and has been recognized by peers as a “Leading Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” in the field of personal injury year after year.

Historical Accounting Malpractice Case

In 2013, Mr. Bruce obtained the largest reported settlement for municipal embezzlement in the history of the United States. Mr. Bruce recovered over $40 million dollars on behalf of the City of Dixon after the Treasurer, Rita Crundwell, stole nearly $54 million dollars in City funds.

The U.S. Marshall’s office recovered $10 million dollars by the sale of Rita Crundwell’s horses, farms and other assets and Mr. Bruce recovered an additional $40 million dollars in a lawsuit he pursued on behalf of the taxpayers of the City of Dixon.

Mr. Bruce recovered from the accounting firms which performed the City of Dixon audits as well as against the bank where the transactions occurred for violating banking standards. A documentary film entitled, “All the Queen’s Horses” was produced following the Rita Crundwell saga which features Mr. Bruce and describes the lawsuit and his recovery on behalf of the taxpayers of the City of Dixon. In October of 2014, Mr. Bruce gave the keynote address to the City Club of Chicago regarding the case.

Additional Info

Results

Devon Bruce has settled or tried to verdict over 80 cases in which plaintiffs have recovered $1 million or more. These include:

$47.5 million dollars - Minor Child Medical Malpractice: According to the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter at that time, this was the highest medical malpractice settlement ever in the history of Illinois. A four-year-old boy was rendered a quad amputee after a bacterial infection which went undiagnosed by medical staff for over a 32-hour stay in a hospital. (2017)

$40 million dollars - Accounting Malpractice: The largest reported settlement for municipal embezzlement in the history of the United States. The City of Dixon treasurer, Rita Crundwell, stole nearly $54 million dollars in City funds. Mr. Bruce represented the taxpayers of the City of Dixon against the accounting firms which performed the City of Dixon audits as well as against the bank where the transactions occurred for violating banking standards. (2013)

$35 million dollars - Together with Joseph A. Power, Jr.- Minor Child Medical Malpractice: A three month old was intubated by defendant physician. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant doctor and undisclosed hospital were negligent in the failure to intubate the minor causing subglottic stenosis. The subglottic stenosis subsequently required the plaintiff to have a tracheostomy. In September of 2006, the minor plaintiff was hospitalized at a separate hospital when the tracheostomy tube occluded and caused an anoxic event. Plaintiff did not receive proper oxygenation for approximately 12-15 minutes. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to monitor the plaintiff while hospitalized. (2013)

$17.25 million dollars - Co-Counsel- Defendants failed to monitor plaintiff’s anticoagulant therapy as she rehabbed from a serious head injury. Plaintiff, age 17, developed a blood clot in her subclavian vein--which caused her to suffer a heart attack and permanent brain damage. (2004)

$10.5 million dollars - Medical Malpractice/ Birth Injury: Plaintiff, a male newborn, was delivered on June 23, 2015, pale and hypovolemic. Defendants failed to timely administer fluids and provide appropriate respiratory assistance. As a result of the delayed resuscitation, he suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy that necessitates 24-hour care. The baby's neurologic complications include epilepsy, developmental delays, dystonia, and cerebral palsy. This is the highest Macon County verdict or settlement that has ever occurred in the County. (2020)

$8.5 million dollars – Medical Malpractice: On June 23, 2010, plaintiff suffered an arrest and subsequent lack of oxygen resulting in a brain injury. Plaintiff alleged that the cause of her arrest and oxygen deprivation was an occluded tracheostomy tube which was not addressed in a timely fashion by the defendant hospital staff. Plaintiff suffered a severe brain injury and ultimately passed away. (2014)

$8.1 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/ Police Chase: A Barrington Hills police officer stopped suddenly on Route 63, purportedly to chase a speeder going in the opposite direction. The sudden stop caused another vehicle to swerve and strike plaintiff’s care head-on. Plaintiff was eight months pregnant and despite an emergency c-section, the fetus suffered brain damage. (2003)

$7 million dollars – Minor Medical Malpractice: In Winnebago County, plaintiff was born at 25.5 weeks. At 11 days of life, plaintiff contracted three blood borne infections. Plaintiff deteriorated and ultimately suffered a hypoxic event as a result of the infection. Plaintiff developed periventricular leukomalacia or PVL. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in performing the hygiene and sanitary procedures in the NICU unit which led to plaintiff’s infection. Plaintiff further alleged that the defendant neonatologist and the nursing staff failed to respond timely to identify and treat the infections. Plaintiff suffered permanent brain damage and requires 24 hour care. (2014)

$6.85 million dollars – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff was a patient at a major research hospital in Cook County where she was hospitalized for an outpatient procedure on her airway. The procedure was uneventful, but later her tracheostomy tube became dislodged and the nursing staff failed to react in a timely fashion. Plaintiff suffered an anoxic event, conscious pain and suffering and subsequently passed away. (2010)

$6.85 million dollars – Premises Liability/Trucking: Lead Counsel- Plaintiff sustained significant personal injuries when he was struck as a pedestrian in a parking lot by a commercial trailer. The trailer had separated from a tractor driving across the parking lot and struck plaintiff as he stood faced in the opposite direction placing a package in the trunk of his car. The trailer’s brakes were significantly out of adjustment and were fully defective. Plaintiff suffered multiple significant injuries including a L4-L5 fracture/dislocation which required spinal fusion/instrumentation. (2012)

$5.85 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: Co-Counsel- April 25, 2002, plaintiff age 58, was a school teacher, with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and Stage II melanoma, underwent a PET scan due to concern cancer had returned. During the scan, she became short of breath and went into respiratory and then cardiac arrest. Despite successful resuscitation, she was profoundly brain damaged. (2002)

$5.525 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/ Police Chase: Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle traveling eastbound on 127th Street at or near the intersection of 127th Street and Kedzie in the Village of Blue Island, Illinois when the defendant officer entered the intersection, ignored the traffic device which was illuminated red for northbound traffic, failed to yield the right-of-way for the plaintiff's vehicle and violently collided into the passenger side of the plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant was willful and wanton in deciding to initiate and continue the pursuit. Plaintiff was hospitalized for over 30 days and underwent multiple surgeries due to her injuries. (2010)

$5.125 million dollars - Premises Liability/ Death: December 4, 2001 a 480-volt electrical panel at the Neiman Marcus store in Northbrook exploded while plaintiff, age 55, was an electrician and testing it. Plaintiff suffered 3rd degree burns over 95% of body resulting in death, survived by wife and 2 adult children. (2008)

$5 million dollars - Premises Liability: On March 4, 2016, Plaintiff was employed by undisclosed corporation to deliver and transfer fuel to a major US corporation. In order to transfer the diesel fuel to the truck as the major US corporation had requested, Plaintiff had to use the pump, hose and nozzle provided by the major US corporation to transfer the fuel. Plaintiff had no other equipment to utilize to perform the fuel transfer to do his job that undisclosed corporation #1 requested. At the time of ignition, Plaintiff was standing on top of the fuel tank in order to transfer the fuel. Soon after he began filling the fuel tank, a static spark ignited and Plaintiff’s clothes caught on fire. A employee of the major US corporation attempted to extinguish the flames which were burning Plaintiff with a bucket of water. The employee did not use the fire extinguisher which was located less than 20 feet from Plaintiff. Plaintiff alleges that the major US corporation was negligent in a number of respects including the failure to perform any hazard or jobsite assessment regarding (1) how this fuel transfer system was created (2) what equipment was used for the fuel transfer system (3) how the diesel fuel would be transferred from the diesel tank to the fuel truck (4) fire safety procedures if in fact a fire occurs. The corporation was cited by OSHA for multiple violations. Plaintiff suffered third degree burn injuries due to this occurrence. Plaintiff was eventually placed in a drug-induced coma and underwent surgery. Plaintiff survived for 19 days until he ultimately passed away on March 23, 2019 due to his injuries. This is the largest reported settlement of its kind in Adams County. (2021)

$4.75 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: On May 9th, 2013, plaintiff, age 57, was a patient at deft Cornerstone's Sycamore, IL rehabilitation facility, was sitting alone in her room when her tracheostomy tube became dislodged. The ventilator alarm sounded, but no nurses responded for 11 minutes. Due to the delay, plaintiff suffered brain damage and died on May 13, 2013. (2015)

$4 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: During August-September 2019, Plaintiff age 47, sought treatment from his PCP and two cardiologists for continuing cardiac symptoms. A stress test done on September 13 produced extremely abnormal results. However, the physicians failed to send the patient to the E/R for an immediate cardiac work-up. As a consequence, he developed ventricular fibrillation and died due to a cardiac event on September 25 (survived by his wife and two minor children). This settlement ties the prior reported Champaign County wrongful death "high." (2021)

$4 million dollars - Construction Negligence/ Death: On May 23, 2014 a concrete slab being moved by a crane at a Chicago construction project fell on plaintiff ironworker, age 46, causing severe injuries that claimed his life hours later. (2016)

$3.825 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: On February 7, 2014, plaintiff, age 77, who was taking anticoagulants, fell and suffered head trauma. He presented to deft hospital but was discharged after two negative head CT scans--despite elevated INR levels. Hours later he suffered a subdural hematoma with significant hemorrhaging which led to permanent disabilities. He now requires 24-hour care. Because plaintiff was on anticoagulants he should have been hospitalized for a longer duration or given Vitamin K to reverse the anticoagulation effect. (2017)

$3.75 million dollars - Minor Medical Malpractice: Together with Joseph A. Power. Jr.- On April 5, 2000, minor plaintiff age 6, was brought to ophthalmologist in Central Illinois due to visual disturbances. Although Dr. the defendant opthamologist identified various abnormalities during this initial visit, over the next five years, he failed to perform an intraocular eye pressure test or otherwise investigate their cause. As a result, Brianna's juvenile glaucoma (spherophakia) went undiagnosed and untreated. She suffered optic nerve damage and lost all peripheral vision--and has been rendered legally blind despite multiple surgeries. She also has cystoid macular edema and macular gliosis of the right eye. (2013)

$3.5 million dollars - Premises Liability: On October 31, 1998, defendant failed to maintain the premises at their factory in Chester, in a reasonably safe condition and caused, plaintiff age 26, who was an employee to trip and fall three stories down a man lift. Plaintiff suffered a T-8 compression fracture which required T4-T11 posterior spinal fusion - leaving plaintiff with partial feeling from the waist down and confinement to a wheelchair or an assistance device for the rest of his life. (2006)

$3.5 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/ Trucking: On June 8, 2017, defendant’s tractor-trailer improperly left-turned at CR 950 East and 2400 North (Champaign County), failing to yield, and collided with plaintiff’s motorcycle. Plaintiff, age 52, suffered below-the-knee amputation of his left leg, a closed head injury, and other trauma. Mr. Bruce recovered the maximum available insurance policy limits. (2018)

$3.2 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, age 38, was found by his father after a suicide attempt, and was brought to defendant hospital, where he was stabilized. The plan was to transfer the patient to the behavioral unit at another hospital. However, the next morning, June 18, 2019, the patient was left unsupervised in a public bathroom for roughly 15 minutes. He locked the door and placed a garbage bag over his head--and was able to nearly suffocate himself. He sustained brain damage and died on June 23, 2019. (survived by his elderly parents and an adult sibling). Plaintiff alleged the staff and security personnel both violated policies and procedures regarding the monitoring of suicidal patients. This was the second highest reported recovery at the time for a suicide victim. (2020)

$3 million dollars - Medical Malpractice/ Death: Together with Joseph A. Power, Jr.- March 13, 2002 nursing staff failed to monitor plaintiff age 48, during his hospitalization for meningitis and failed to react to an abnormal pulse oximeter reading, allowing him to die from respiratory compromise due to Dilaudid. JAP

$3 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/ Police Chase: On April 20, 2018, at around 10:00 p.m., Plaintiff, age 33, was driving a Frito-Lay vehicle westbound on Mound Road. The collision took place at the intersection of Mound Road and US Route 48 which was controlled by a traffic light. Plaintiff obeyed the signal and stopped for the red light at the aforesaid intersection. Immediately prior to the collision, CR was traveling approximately 80 mph in a northbound direction on US Route 48. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant vehicle was travelling at a high-speed, he ran the red light and collided into the delivery truck driven by Plaintiff. The findings from unidentified local governmental entity’s investigation following the collision demonstrate that CR did not have his sirens on and violated numerous internal orders and policies of the unidentified local governmental entity. Plaintiff suffered a mild traumatic Brain Injury; Concussion due to ejection, Left orbital fracture, Left frontal bone and frontal sinus fractures, fractures of C7, T1, T3, T4, and T5, fracture of his right wrist requiring surgery, labral tear. (2021)

$3 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, age 52, suffered from Marfan syndrome, was admitted to defendant healthcare facility for the repair of a descending thoracic aorta aneurysm and placement of a peritoneal shunt. Post-op, she was designated a high fall risk. On July 4, 2015, she was left alone without restraints and suffered a fall that dislodged the shunt and caused a subdural hematoma which required surgery. She has incurred cognitive defects as a result of the injury including word finding, balance, and confusion, and requires 24 hour/day assistance with ADLs. She is no longer able to work as a hospital director of PR. (2016)

$2.75 million dollars - Premises Liability: September 14, 2004 defendant’s forklift operator in McHenry County caused a stack of 35 pallets to fall on plaintiff, age 58, causing fractures to her left tibial plateau and right foot/heel with multiple surgeries and L5-S1 herniation. (2010)

$2.75 million dollars - Birth Injury/Death- Together with Joseph A. Power, Jr.- On May 13, 2019 at 11:45 am, CW presented to the local academic hospital and was 39.1 weeks pregnant. On May 13, 2019 between 6:24 pm- 6:28 pm, the fetal heart rate monitor on CW demonstrated the fetal heart rate to have moderate variability and no accelerations. On May 13, 2019, and throughout the time CW was on fetal heart monitoring at a major research hospital, the fetal heart tracings were Category II. On May 13, 2019 and after 23:45 hours, the fetal heart tracings continued to show absent accelerations with recurrent late decelerations. On May 14, 2019, the fetal heart tracings continued to show recurrent late decelerations and were absent accelerations. On May 14, 2019, at or before 4:24 am, the fetal heart tracings changed to Category III with no variability. On May 14, 2019 at approximately 7:25 hours, the obstetrician, due to concerns with the fetal heart monitoring tracing delivered plaintiff. On May 14, 2019 at approximately 7:34 hours, a forceps delivery was performed and at approximately 7:34 hours, minor plaintiff was born. On May 14, 2019, CHW was born with no heart rate, APGAR scores of 0,1,1, and 3 at 1,5, 10 and 15 minutes of life respectively. On May 14 ,2019, the umbilical cord pH for the minor plaintiff measured less than 6.8. On May 18, 2019, CH.W. died of severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Plaintiff alleged that on May 13 and May 14, 2019, various employees of the hospital deviated from the standard of care in the labor and delivery management of C.W. and CH.W. by failing to evaluate, document and diagnose the health of CH.W. in utero on May 13, 2019; failed to deliver CH.W. in a timely manner on May 13, 2019; failed to deliver minor plaintiff sooner on either May 13th or May 14th, 2019; failed to recognize the multiple signs and symptoms of a baby in distress on May 13 or May 14, 2019 and negligently increased the dosage of Pitocin to minor plaintiff. (2008)

$2.725 million dollars - Nursing Home Negligence/Death: Deft nursing home abused and neglected plaintiff age 64 and a Alzheimer's patient, causing her to suffer malnourishment, dehydration, multiple stage IV pressure ulcers on her hip and lower back and death in November 2002. (2008)

$2.69 million dollars - Premises Liability: Plaintiff, age 53, was installing aluminum siding on a building on May 22, 2018 when a piece contacted a live overhead power line. He suffered a 12,000-volt electric shock that resulted in a mild TBI, plus a minor burn injury. Plaintiff has not returned to work due to memory loss, word-finding problems, and other residuals. Allegedly, appropriate safety measures were not implemented. (2020)

$2.5 million dollars - Medical Malpractice/Death: February 16, 2001 defendant’s paramedics failed to defibrillate, plaintiff age 57, while taking him to Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance after he suffered a heart attack, causing him to suffer anoxia and death on February 23, 2001. (2005)

$2.5 million dollars - Medical Malpractice- On July 12, 2018 plaintiff, age 78, a part-time cardiologist, underwent spinal surgery without complication. However, post-op, while he was in the PACU, a resident anesthesiologist improperly administered the wrong medication and an incorrect dosage of Remifentanil--which caused plaintiff to suffer cardiac arrest and a mild brain injury. Plaintiff suffers from confusion, depression, and lack of concentration following the event. This was the highest reported recovery for traumatic brain injuries of a plaintiff over the age of 70. (2020)

$2.5 million dollars - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, age 69, underwent abdominal surgery on September 27, 2013 during which a Fish retractor was allegedly left inside him. He suffered peritonitis as a result and was forced to retire early from his career as an engineer. (2017)

$2,306,188 million dollars and then subsequent $1.5 million dollars - Premises Liability/ Minor Death: Minor plaintiff, age 13, suffered severe conscious pain and suffering, and was fatally electrocuted while detassling corn in a field near Tampico, IL on July 25, 2011. She is survived by her parents and a sister. The electricity apparently came from a damaged meter that was connected to a central-pivot irrigation system in the cornfield. (2016)

$2.25 million dollars - Premises Liability/ Trucking- On November 19, 2018, plaintiff, age 65, had ordered a pizza from the local pizza store and was in the process of walking from his home to his driveway in order to get into his pick-up truck to drive and get his pizza. This was in rural Lee County. At the same time, defendant was an over-the-road tractor-trailer driver. He worked full time for an undisclosed corporation. He made the decision to turn around in the private driveway of plaintiff. The defendant driver entered the private property and performed a large, broad turn and exited in the opposite direction. The defendant driver drove over plaintiff and he died at the scene of the occurrence. Plaintiff alleged that defendant knew that he was trespassing on that private property, knew that an individual had approached his tractor-trailer yelling and banging on the tractor side door and he knowingly and intentionally drove away without slowing or stopping. Defendant did not slow or stop his tractor-trailer before exiting the driveway which was a direct result of plaintiff’s death.

$2.3 million dollars - Medical Malpractice/ Birth Injury: On January 2, 2015 full-term pregnant mother presented to deft community hospital, and was admitted overnight. Personnel there contacted a governmental hospital for a maternal/fetal medicine consult because of staffing limitations. Although fetal monitor strips were Category III, the mother was discharged home based on the medical advice that was received. The next day, the mother went to a major metropolitan hospital due to decreased fetal movement. However, more than 3 hours elapsed before an emergency C-section was done. As a result, the F-newborn sustained a brain injury, evidenced by permanent mild developmental delays and attention deficit disorder. (2020)

$2.05 million dollars - Premises Liability: On July 3, 2018 a tree fell during a Fourth of July celebration being held on public grounds in Rock Island, IL, and injured multiple individuals. Two men were killed, ages 72 and 62, each of whom was survived by a spouse and two grown children. Settlements $738,000 each. Several claims were made for plaintiffs with less severe injuries. Notably, this claim was against a governmental entity which had raised a number of statutory immunities. (2020)

$2 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/Trucking: Plaintiff, age 59, and her daughter, age 21, were passengers on a tour bus traveling on I-70 in Fayette County when the bus driver struck an overturned tractor trailer that was laying across the Interstate. The mother suffered a concussion and contusions to her head and left knee. The daughter sustained an ankle fracture that required an open reduction internal fixation procedure. Plaintiffs alleged the bus driver was negligent in hitting the truck sitting in the Interstate when others drove around it. They also claimed the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his truck. (2015)

$2 million dollars - Motor Vehicle/ Pedestrian: On January 16, 2017, plaintiff, age 65, was crossing the street in the crosswalk at Deer Path Road and Bank Lane in Lake Forest. Allegedly, as deft turned left at the intersection he struck her with his vehicle. Plaintiff suffered a fractured coccyx and sacrum a closed head injury and other multiple significant injuries. (2018)

Associations & Achievements

Mr. Bruce is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Mr. Bruce was named in 2009 by the Chicago Lawyer magazine as the 40 Lawyers under 40 and has been selected every year from 2011-2015 as a Leading Lawyer by his peers.

Attorney Devon Bruce has recovered funds from one of the accounting firms that worked for the Village of Burnham during the time that Nancy Dobrowski was an employee at the village. Nancy Dobrowski, the longtime village clerk of the Village of Burnham, pled guilty to embezzling approximately $685,000 from the village over a series of years.

Mr. Bruce frequently represents plaintiffs including corporations, physician groups, and municipalities in accounting malpractice cases. Mr. Bruce has successfully recovered well over 40 million dollars in accounting malpractice and banking malpractice cases for a number of clients.

Representative Appeals

R. v. United/Goedecke, 238 Ill. 2d 582 (2010)

R. v. Wyeth, 377 Ill.App.3d 20 (1st Dist. 2007)

G. v. State Farm Insurance, 215 Ill.2d 381 (Ill., 2005)

S. v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 51 (U.S.Ill., 2002)

L. v. Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation, 327 Ill.App.3d 801 (3nd Dist. 2002)

S. v. Chicago Park District, 323 Ill.App.3d 574 (Ill., 2001)

G. v. Chicago Transit Authority, 312 Ill.App.3d 1005 (Ill.App.1st Dist. 2001)

Representative Speeches

  • "Rita Crundwell - The Inside Story!" Illinois Association of Court Clerks, September 16, 2014
  • "The $54 Million Question: A Debate Over the Auditing Firm's Role in Discovering Fraud," Illinois Certified Public Accountant Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, April 29, 2014
  • "Rita Crundwell - The Inside Story!" Illinois Association of County Officials, April 28, 2014
  • "Inside the Daley Center from a Plaintiff's Perspective", Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 5, 2012
  • "Presentation on Illinois State Board of Investment", City of Chicago, March 5, 2012
  • "Nuts & Bolts of Opening Statements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, March 25, 2011
  • "Updates and Developments in Medical Negligence Actions in Ireland" Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, November 20, 2010
  • "Ethics Jurisprudence - How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Medical Malpractice" University of Illinois College of Medicine, October 27, 2010
  • "Special Issues in Catastrophic Injury Cases - Liens and Settlements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Associates, April 5, 2008
  • "Your Attack on the Affidavit" The Chicago Bar Association, December 17, 2007 and December 6, 2006
  • "Attacking the Affidavit", together with Judge Diane Larsen, Chicago Bar Association Seminar, December 16, 2005, October 20, 2003, October 23, 2002
  • "Jury Selection, Anatomy of a Trial" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 16, 2004
  • "Wrongful Death Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Evidence Seminar, May 5, 2001
  • "Maximizing Damages," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Product Liability Seminar, February 19, 2001
  • "Civil Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases in the United States" and "The Importance of Jury Trials in Vicil Cases," Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, April 2000.
  • "Firearms/Food Products," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Product Liability - Premises Liability Litigation Seminar, February 21, 2000

Appointments

Illinois State Board of Investment, 2010 - present

  • Chairman

Navy Pier, Inc. Board 2010 - present

American Ireland Fund Board Member, Chicago, 2010 - present

  • Vice Chairman

Walter Payton Liver Center Board Member, 2010 to present

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, 2009 - 2010

  • Chairman, Finance

State of Illinois Merit Board, 2005 - 2009

University of Illinois, Board of Trustees Member, 2003 - 2009

  • Chairman, Budget & Audit Committee February, 2003 - 2009
  • Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, February 2003 - 2009
  • University of Illinois is a $4.1 billion dollar body politic with campuses in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Rockford and Peoria, IL

Academic Appointment

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004 - present

  • Teaching comprehensive pre-trial civil litigation course for 2nd and 3rd year law students

Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Oversight Committee, 1997 - present

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1993
  • B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1990
  • University College Cork Cork, Ireland, 1988
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law;
    • Former Chairman, Young Lawyers Division;
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Supreme Court Appeals Committee;
    • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee;
    • Member, Legislative Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Member, Lead Paint Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • University of Illinois College of Law
    • Former Chairman, Alumni Advisory Board;
    • Former Chairman, Fundraising Committee;
    • Member, Cribbet Society, 1988 - present
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Chicago Inn of Court
    • Former Member, 1997-1998
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine 2016, Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2014 Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Highest Verdict or Settlement in a Dog Bite Case
  • 2013 Recipient, Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, in recognition of service to reduce fraud world wide
  • 2009 Honoree, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch
  • Recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers 2005 and 2009-Present
  • 1999 Recipient, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, for Appreciation of Volunteer Work of Writing Amicus Curiae Briefs to the Illinois Supreme Court
  • 1998 Recipient, Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, for the Successful Challenge to the Illinois Tort Reform Act of 1995 in Best v. Taylor Machine Works
  • Selected by a polling of all active lawyers across Illinois as a Super Lawyer in personal injury litigation. This distinction is awarded to 5% of all Illinois attorneys.
  • Experience

    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

  • Success

    Power Rogers has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $900 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

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