Joseph A. Power Jr.

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Joseph Power has obtained more than 200 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including the largest jury verdict in Illinois history for a medical malpractice case ($55.4 million) and a recovery of $100 million in a trucking case which led to 76 criminal convictions, including the former Governor of Illinois in the "licenses for bribes" scandal, which triggered the retesting of over 2,000 truck drivers.

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Joseph Power has obtained more than 200 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including the largest jury verdict in Illinois history for a medical malpractice case ($55.4 million) and a recovery of $100 million in a trucking case which led to 76 criminal convictions, including the former Governor of Illinois in the “licenses for bribes” scandal, which triggered the retesting of over 2,000 truck drivers.

In total, he has recovered over $1 billion for his clients. He has also never lost a medical malpractice case at trial. He has tried numerous medical malpractice cases and secured many multi-million-dollar awards, including:

  • $100M Million

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  • $23M Million

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  • $27M Million

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Each one of his jury verdicts has resulted in payments between $43 million and $2 million, depending upon the amount of the defendant’s insurance policy.

In 2022, Joseph Power and James Power obtained a settlement in the amount of $10,000,000 for the family of a man who suffered fatal injuries when while working as a bricklayer, was crushed from a large piece of earth that caved in burying him while still alive. Also, that same year, Joseph Power, Tom Power and James Power obtained a settlement in the amount of $50,000,00 for a man who sustained a severe electric shock when attempting to remove a tree in his backyard came into contact with a sagging overhead power line.

In 2017, Joseph Power and James Power obtained a verdict of $95.4 million for a plaintiff who lost both of his legs when he was working as a truck driver and the cargo he was transporting fell onto him. The day after obtaining that verdict, Joseph Power, Larry Rogers, Jr. and James Power set out on another complex trial and obtained a verdict of $33.4 million for their clients in a negligent security case against Allied Barton.

At age 28, he became the youngest lawyer in the country to obtain a jury verdict in excess of a million dollars for his client. Mr. Power tried the case alone after the offer to settle for $75,000 was declined. In another noteworthy case, a local hospital allowed a teenage gunshot victim to bleed until he was near death in an alley outside its doors until the police came to his rescue and carried him into the hospital. He later died. This case resulted in a federal investigation, review, and clarification of the federal law concerning hospital emergency room duties. The family of the deceased teenager ultimately recovered $12.5 million.

At age 28, he became the youngest lawyer in the country to obtain a jury verdict in excess of a million dollars for his client. Mr. Power tried the case alone after the offer to settle for $75,000 was declined.

Mr. Power has obtained similar success in each of his trucking cases. For example, an Illinois family recovered almost $40 million, which was all the insurance coverage available, when a husband and father of two was killed and his teenage daughter suffered serious injuries as a result of a negligent truck driver in Indiana. Mr. Power also obtained a $23 million dollar verdict for a 50-year-old man seriously injured in a trucking collision in Illinois. In another case, Mr. Power represented the then Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court where a jury awarded $7,000,000.00 for defamation.

In 2016, Mr. Power obtained a settlement in the amount of $17,500,000.00 for a bicyclist who lost her leg after being struck by a semi-tractor trailer who was making a right-hand turn.

In 2015, Mr. Power and Joseph Balesteri teamed up to recover $30,000,000.00 for a patient who ended up losing two kidneys after a surgery that was only supposed to remove one. Again in 2015, Mr. Power and Mr. Balesteri recovered $6,900,000.00 for the wrongful death of a wife and mother as a result of negligent post-delivery care.

In addition, Mr. Power and Devon Bruce recovered $3,750,000.00 in Sangamon County for a 19-year-old who suffered from juvenile glaucoma and lost vision as a result of malpractice.

Also in 2015, after almost three weeks of trial and prior to closing arguments, Joe and his brother Tom recovered over $6,000,000.00, which was more than three times the offer prior to trial. In 2014, Mr. Power and Mr. Balesteri recovered $8,000,000.00 for a woman who was not treated for a pneumothorax after an auto accident resulting in brain damage. Mr. Power also recovered $5,400,000.00 for the family of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Michigan while attending a summer camp.

In February 2013, prior to jury selection, he settled a medical malpractice case for a brain-damaged child for $35,000,000. In March 2013, Mr. Power obtained a $23,000,000 award for a young man who lost his legs in a bailor. In May 2013, he obtained a record verdict following a two-week trial for his client in Ogle County of $5,000,000 in a motorcycle collision. He returned to Cook County and in July 2013 obtained a $7,250,000 trial verdict for a school teacher who was killed as a result of medical malpractice.

In late 2012, Mr. Power obtained a jury verdict of $3.1 million for a 45-year-old Hispanic woman who was killed by a motor vehicle in an unwitnessed hit and run on Chicago’s south side. Complicated forensic evidence developed by Mr. Power tied a school bus to the collision after the police department failed to charge anyone. The defendant’s insurance company offered only $500,000 to settle.

Each one of his jury verdicts has resulted in payments between $43 million and $2 million, depending upon the amount of the defendant’s insurance policy.

In 2001, Mr. Power obtained a $13,500,000 verdict, reduced 20% to $10,800,000 for comparative negligence for a young woman who lost her leg when she was run over by a commercial boat near Oak Street Beach in Chicago. That same year, Mr. Power and Larry Rogers, Sr. obtained a verdict from a Cook County jury in the amount of $3,850,000 for a former Chicago Bear cornerback in a medical malpractice case for a career-ending knee injury. Mr. Power represented another former Chicago Bear wide-receiver in a medical malpractice case for a knee injury, and in 2001, obtained a verdict in the amount of $5,294,000, the largest knee injury verdict in Illinois history and only medical malpractice verdict in Lake County, Illinois over $1,000,000.

Mr. Power is a past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is a legal organization consisting of the best 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a past President of both ABOTA (Illinois Chapter) and the Celtic Legal Society.

In 2015, Mr. Power and Joseph Balesteri teamed up to recover $30,000,000.00 for a patient who ended up losing two kidneys after a surgery that was only supposed to remove one.

Mr. Power has been listed in the Harvard Law Graduates Naifeh and Smith book, The Best Lawyers in America, every year since 1987. The same publication named him the top personal injury lawyer in Illinois in 2014. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the top ten litigators in the United States. Additionally, Joe has been repeatedly selected as one of the top lawyers by LawDragon, a group that selects the top 500 lawyers in the country, since inception and again in 2015. In 2019, he was named in a poll of his peers by the Leading Lawyers Network as the top plaintiff personal injury lawyer and the top consumer attorney in Illinois.
In 2012, Joe was presented with the “Champion of Justice” award by Public Justice, a national public interest law firm that, with dedicated plaintiffs’ attorneys, fights injustice and holds corporate and government wrongdoers accountable for their misconduct. He was also awarded the “Distinguished Award for Excellence” from the Illinois Bar Foundation, the “Medal of Merit” from the Illinois State Bar Association, the “Medal of Excellence” by the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, the “Citizen of the Year” by the City Club of Chicago and the Civil Justice Foundation’s “Special Commendation Award.”

Power Rogers has recovered over $5 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements. Power Rogers has achieved the #1 spot in the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey in ten of the last eleven years and again #1 in 2022, meaning the firm obtained more dollars in recoveries than any other Chicago personal injury law firm in Illinois. Surpassing its next closest competitor by more than half a billion dollars in total recoveries since 2000.

  • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman’s Advisory Council, 1994
  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee 1995-2003, Chairperson, 1996-2000

Results

$5 Million Settlement - Medical Malpractice

J.D. v. Undisclosed Hospital, 2011 L 7385 (2014 – Cook County)



Medical Malpractice: The Plaintiff underwent sinus surgery as a remedy for recurring upper respiratory infections. Plaintiff alleged that the operating physician negligently penetrated the orbit and severed the optic nerve, several muscles and tissue supporting and controlling the Plaintiff’s right eye, resulting in partial blindness, inability to control eye movement, as well as chronic pain.

$1 Million Recovery – Vehicular Negligence

– Joseph A. Power Jr.,Carolyn S. Daley

R.F. v. Gercek, et al, 08 L 002975 (Cook County)



Vehicular negligence settlement. On September 12, 2007, the Plaintiff, R.F., was a 74 year old female who was a pedestrian crossing Delaware Street near 175 E. Delaware in Chicago, Illinois when she was struck by the van the Defendant, I.G., was operating in reverse on Delaware Street while attempting to make a delivery at the John Hancock Building. The Plaintiff sustained a traumatic brain injury, oral injuries necessitating multiple oral surgeries, and knee and hip injuries as well.

Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

Settlement: $1,000,000.00

$2 Million Recovery – Vehicular Negligence

– Joseph A. Power Jr.,Carolyn S. Daley

J.K and N.K., Individually and as Special Co-Administrators of the Estate of J.K., deceased v. Harmon Grain, et al, 07 L 00009 (Ogle County)



Vehicular negligence settlement. On September 22, 2005, the J.K. was a 24 year old male who was driving westbound on Route 64 near Chana Road in Ogle County, Illinois when the Defendant driver who was operating a tractor trailer for Defendant Harmon Grain failed to stop at the stop sign on southbound Chana Road and struck the motor vehicle being operated by J.K. who died as a result of the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident. The Defendant driver was driving under the influence of drugs and was cited for numerous violations on his tractor trailer. At the time of his death, J.K. left surviving him his parents and his sister.

Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

Settlement: $2,000,000.00

$2.25 Million Recovery – Medical Malpractice

No. 2018 L 004473
– Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri



(2018) Medical Malpractice: Baby boy was born April 29, 2016. He returned to a local community hospital on May 5, 2016 with fever, not feeding well and appearing lethargic. Agents/employees of a local pediatric hospital failed to recognize and treat Herpes Simplex Virus with a medication called Acyclovir. Acyclovir was eventually administered 42.5 hours after his initial presentation. He was later transferred to a pediatric hospital where he passed away on May 13, 2016. He is survived by his parents and his minor brother. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

 

$2.6 Million Settlement – R.D. & Z.D. v. Trucking Company (2023)

Joseph Power, Dominic LoVerde



Power Rogers attorneys Joseph Power and Dominic LoVerde secured a $2,600,000.00 settlement. In 2020, Z.D. and R.D., an elderly couple, were rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer when reducing their speed to turn right into a gas station. Z.D. lost control of her vehicle, careened off the road and crashed into a tree. Defendant trucking company contended that it was a low-impact collision, and Z.D. accelerated after the impact and drove erratically into the tree. After two lawsuits regarding insurance coverage and several years of litigation, the insurance companies agreed to settle.

Result: $2,600,000.00

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

  • J.D. – 1977

University of Notre Dame

  • B.A. – 1974
  • Honors: With High Honors
  • Major: Government
  • Major: International Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1982

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Published Works

  • Loss of Society in Illinois, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1990
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