• Attorney Devon Bruce has filed a complaint on behalf of two teenage girls who were seriously injured after being hit by a large commercial truck in Rockford, Illinois. Bruce, who has obtained a number of significant multimillion dollar recoveries for victims of trucking negligence, alleges that the nationwide trucking company’s truck driver disobeyed traffic control devices, which resulted ...
  • Attorney Devon Bruce of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit that accuses Cynosure of false advertising relating to its purported tattoo removal machine Picosure. Cynosure sold the machines to dermatology and tattoo removal practices across the country beginning in 2012 when it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The complaint alleges that although the ...
  • On July 10, Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas Department of Safety Trooper for failure to signal a lane change. Matters quickly escalated, bland was arrested, and three days later, she was found dead in a Waller County jail cell. Bland’s family has retained Attorney Larry Rogers Jr. of Power Rogers & Smith as co-counsel in a wrongful death lawsuit against DPS Trooper Brian Encinia ...
  • Todd Smith Receives Champion of Justice Award

    Today, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) presented its highest award - The Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award - to Chicago lawyer, and founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C., Todd A. Smith, at its Annual Convention in Montreal. The Award recognizes an AAJ member who has outstanding integrity and overall character, and has demonstrated Leonard Ring’s devotion to ...
  • Thomas Siracusa Obtains Record Settlement

    Thomas Siracusa recently obtained court approval for a $23,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 34 year-old woman who suffered a stroke following child birth. The settlement is an Illinois record for a birth-related injury to a mother, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The plaintiff developed a severe form of pre-eclampsia known as HELLP Syndrome during labor with her fourth child. She ...
  • On June 25, 2015, after a two-week trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict against the City of Chicago and for the Estate of 78 year-old Tommye Ruth Freeman in the amount of $2,118,000.00. Ms. Freeman was killed when a white SUV struck her vehicle. At the time of the fatal collision, the white SUV was being pursued by Chicago police officers relating to a simple, non-violent home burglary. ...
  • Last night, a Cook County jury found the March 10, 2009 shooting death of Matthias Mayhorn by Chicago police officers unjustified and rendered a verdict of $1.5 Million for his family and against the City of Chicago. Larry Rogers, Jr., Carolyn Daley Scott, and Sean Houlihan of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C., represented the Mayhorn Family during the trial before Judge James Varga in Cook County, ...
  • Takata Airbag Recall Expands To Over 34 Million Vehicles

    Several months ago, it was revealed that a dangerous defect in Takata airbags could cause injury to millions of Americans. A recall was eventually issued by Takata, but for those injured and killed by the defective airbags, the recall came too late. As a result of the injury-causing defects, multiple cases are pending against the airbag manufacturer. Todd Smith, a founding partner of Power Rogers ...
  • Several months ago, it was revealed that a dangerous defect in Takata airbags could cause injury to millions of Americans. A recall was eventually issued by Takata, but for those injured and killed by the defective airbags, the recall came too late. Todd A. Smith, partner at Power Rogers & Smith in Chicago, explains "It has been found that Takata airbags are defective and can violently ...
  • As reported on the front page of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, last week a lawsuit on behalf of Steven Karr was dismissed pursuant to a $30 Million Settlement. The case was handled by partners Joseph A. Power, Jr. and Joseph W. Balesteri of Chicago personal injury lawfirm Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. The case involved a botched nephrectomy, which caused permanent and catastrophic injury to ...
  • Recently, Super Lawyers published the list of the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers. Eleven of the attorneys at the Chicago personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith were included on the list. Partners Joseph A. Power, Jr., Todd A. Smith, and Joseph W. Balesteri were further recognized as three of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois.” Larry R. Rogers, Sr. , Thomas M. Power, Larry R. ...
  • Recently, Joseph Power and Todd Smith, founding partners of Power Rogers & Smith, delivered the Annual Lecture in Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Lecture was entitled “The History and Influence of the 7th Amendment on Current Consumer and Product Safety.” The 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right of trial by jury in civil ...
  • Recently, partner Larry Rogers, Jr. reached a settlement with the City of Rockford, Illinois of $1.1 Million on behalf of the Estate of Mark Barmore. In August 2009, Mr. Barmore was shot to death by Rockford Police Officers. Mr. Barmore was unarmed at the time. The Police said Mr. Barmore was wanted at the time for an alleged assault and they claimed Barmore grabbed an officer’s gun leading ...
  • This week, Joseph A. Power, Jr. , founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. , testified before the Illinois House of Representative and State Senate in Springfield in favor of a bill that would increase payment for jury service. SB 3075 would change the rules and laws governing jury service throughout the State of Illinois. Specifically, the bill proposes a substantial increase in the ...
  • Thomas M. Power Files Complaint in O' Hare Bus Crash

    Thomas M. Power, a partner at Power Rogers & Smith, filed a complaint in the Chicago O’Hare bus crash that occurred on August 29, 2014. The crash occurred when an airport transportation shuttle bus drove straight into a concrete lane barrier, very close to the O’Hare terminal. Several passengers were injured in the crash, requiring the assistance of several paramedics and various ...
  • Partner Larry Rogers, Jr. has been retained to represent injured passengers on the Megabus crash which occurred on October 14, 2014. Multiple people were injured when a Chicago-bound Megabus overturned on northbound I-65 near Indianapolis. The bus was headed from Atlanta to Chicago when it crashed Tuesday morning. The double-deck commercial bus overturned on Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis ...
  • Last month, Devon C. Bruce, a partner at Power Rogers & Smith, settled a medical malpractice case in Winnebago County, Illinois on behalf of a brain-damaged infant. The minor Plaintiff was born at 25.5 weeks at Rockford Memorial Hospital. At 11 days of life, the plaintiff contracted three blood borne infections. Tragically, the infant suffered a hypoxic event as a result of the infections. The ...
  • Yesterday, Devon C. Bruce, a partner at Power Rogers & Smith, gave the keynote address to the City Club of Chicago regarding the recovery he obtained on behalf of the City of Dixon. The case arose from Rita Crundwell’s embezzlement of $53.7 million dollars from the City of Dixon. She was entrusted with the task of treasurer for the city. Crundwell started siphoning money from Dixon in ...
  • Megabus Litigation Continues

    Just over two years since the devastating Megabus crash that occurred in Litchfield, Illinois, the litigation on behalf of the injured passengers continues. The personal injury attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith represent several of the passengers who were on board the St. Louis-bound charter, including the one fatality that occurred. On August 2, 2012, a Megabus traveling toward St. Louis ...
  • On October 1, 2014, Chicago Lawyer published the results of its 2014 Annual Settlement Survey. The Annual Survey is based on a compilation of the settlements reported to the Jury Verdict Reporter from July 2013 through June 2014 that equal or exceed $2 Million. The 2014 Settlement Survey included 110 settlements totaling $807 million. Power Rogers & Smith settled 20 cases in excess of $2 ...
  • It is our pleasure to announce that our very own Joseph W. Balesteri was inducted as President of The Society of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Balesteri’s Presidency was made official during the Society’s Annual Election Meeting, which was held last Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The Society of Trial Lawyers is a prestigious organization that is limited to only 250 participants. The members are ...
  • A $5.5 Million settlement has been reached in a case involving the October 11, 2011 death of a 60 year-old woman. The family of the Decedent was represented by Larry R. Rogers, Jr. and Kathryn L. Conway of Power Rogers & Smith. The Decedent was operating her motorized wheelchair in the sou thbound crosswalk of Wells Street at Pershing Road, when a truck driver struck her as she was attempting ...
  • Devon Bruce, partner at Power Rogers & Smith, represented the City of Dixon, Illinois and helped it to recover $40 Million in stolen funds. Bruce helped recover this staggering sum of money after it was embezzled by longtime City comptroller, Rita Crundwell. The bulk of the money recovered on behalf of the City resulted from a lawsuit prosecuted by Bruce against the City’s auditors and ...
  • Recently, a settlement was approved by the Law Division of Cook County providing a brain-damaged woman with $8.5 Million as compensation for her catastrophic injuries. On June 23, 2010, the Plaintiff, a fifty-five year old female, suffered an arrest and subsequent lack of oxygen while a patient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The plaintiff alleged that the cause of her arrest and ...
  • Investigation Continues Into Cause of Blue Line Derailment

    A Blue Line train derailed as it pulled into the station at O’Hare International Airport early this morning. Little is known about the cause of the crash at this time. Over 30 people aboard the train were injured as the front car jumped the platform and crashed into an adjacent escalator. Officials must complete their investigation before the wreckage can be cleared, the damage can be ...

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