Devon C. Bruce

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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.

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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.

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.

Results

$7 Million Recovery – Medical Malpractice

No. 10 L 304 (Winnebago County)
– Devon C. Bruce



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 Dr. Siddiqui, a neonatologist, and the nursing staff failed to respond timely to identify and treat the infections. Plaintiff alleged that the cause of plaintiff’s PVL was the hypoxic event arising from the infection and not the plaintiff’s prematurity. Plaintiff has been diagnosed with permanent brain damage and requires 24 hour care. Plaintiff’s medical bills to date exceed $1,000,000.00. Defendant contended that the risk of infection is common in neonates, that the PVL was caused by the plaintiff’s prematurity of 25.5 weeks and not the infection and that the plaintiff has a substantially reduced life expectancy.

$8.1 Million Recovery — Motor Vehicle Negligence

No. 98 L 4793
– Devon C. Bruce



Car Accident: 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 car head-on. Plaintiff was 8 months pregnant and despite an emergency c-section, the fetus suffered brain damage.

$8.5 Million Verdict – Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice

No. 11 L 3640
– Devon C. Bruce



On June 23, 2010, the 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. Plaintiff’s past medical bills at the time of settlement were approximately $1.8 Million.

$35 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

No. 2008 L 7156
– Joseph A. Power Jr., Devon C. Bruce



Medical Malpractice/Brain Injury: Minor plaintiff at three months of age was intubated by defendant physician. Plaintiff alleges that defendant doctor and undisclosed hospital were negligent in the failure to intubate Dalian 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.

As a result of the anoxic event, plaintiff sustained permanent damage and is a spastic quadriplegic. He suffers from cortical blindness and requires a gastrostomy tube.

This is one of the largest settlements in Illinois history.

$40 Million Recovery – Accounting & Banking Malpractice

No. 12 L12
– Devon C. Bruce



Contingent Commercial Litigation: This case involves the embezzlement of $53 million dollars from the City of Dixon. by Rita Crundwell, who served as comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, from 1983 to April 2012. This was reported to be the largest embezzlement of a municipality in the history of the United States. Plaintiff, the City of Dixon, brought a negligence action against Clifton, Larsen, Allen, Fifth Third Bank and Janis Card & Associates. Clifton, Larsen, Allen was the accounting firm hired by the City of Dixon to perform the City’s annual audits throughout the time period of Rita Crundwell’s theft. Plaintiff alleged that Clifton was negligent in that it failed to discover the theft of the money during the performance of their annual audits. Clifton was further negligent in not reporting and/or investigating numerous irregularities in Rita Crundwell’s tax returns. Fifth Third Bank and its predecessor banks held multiple City of Dixon. accounts as well as a “secret” account improperly opened in the City of Dixon’s name by Rita Crundwell which she used to deposit the stolen City of Dixon’s funds. Rita Crundwell then used the account to pay for numerous personal items such as jewelry, automobiles and to finance her equestrian business. Plaintiff alleged that Fifth Third Bank was negligent in allowing Rita Crundwell to open the secret account and also failed to disclose the existence oft his account in annual bank confirmations to the City’s accountants. Plaintiff alleged that Janis Card & Associates was negligent in failing to identify the theft and by entering into a joint venture with Clifton, Larsen, Allen to perform the City of Dixon audits after 2005.

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1993
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • B.A. – 1990
  • University College Cork, Cork
    • 1988

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Accounting/Banking Negligence

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1993

Pro-Bono Activities

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Former Chairman, Alumni Advisory Board
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Former Chairman, Fundraising Committee
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Cribbet Society, Member, 1988 to Present
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