Brian LaCien


Brian LaCien, an associate with the Chicago personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith. He practices in the areas of medical negligence, wrongful death, vehicle negligence, product liability, aviation negligence, civil rights violations, and premises liability. Mr. LaCien is one of the more talented up and coming injury attorneys in Chicago who has significant experience in Chicago personal injury law.

Prior to working at Power Rogers & Smith, Mr. LaCien was an assistant legal counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. In that capacity, he served as the legal counsel to a number of House Committees, attending committee hearings and analyzing legislation.

Mr. LaCien received his J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Mr. LaCien was a research assistant for Professor Rodney Blackman, a staff writer on the Journal of Art and Entertainment Law, and a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a B.A. in finance.

  • Verdicts & Settlements

    Examples of settlements or verdicts obtained in cases handled by Mr. LaCien include:

    (2011-2015) Aviation
    Power Rogers & Smith represented a number of individuals who were involved in a commercial airplane crash. The firm’s attorneys recovered over $93 Million on behalf of their clients. Notable settlements included a $16,900,000 settlement on behalf of a 36-year-old female who suffered multiple fractures and ultimately required the amputation of her left leg; an $8,000,000 settlement on behalf of a 32-year-old female who suffered numerous cervical and lumbar vertebrae fractures requiring a posterior surgical fusion of C1-C2; a $7,500,000 settlement on behalf of a 54-year-old male who died as a result of the crash; a $5,800,000 settlement for a 52-year-old female who suffered multiple vertebrae fractures causing nerve damage and requiring multiple past and future spinal surgeries, pain management, and rehabilitative therapy; and a $3,750,000 settlement for a 49-year-old woman who fractured her Th11 and Th12 vertebrae and required a surgical spinal fusion of the TH11 to L1 vertebrae. Co-counsel, Todd A. Smith and Jonathan M. Thomas.

    Settlement: Over $93,000,000.00

    T.G. v. Michael Ferrara, et al., No. 04 L 8454 (Cook County)

    (2007) Vehicular negligence settlement. On July 8, 2004, the Plaintiff T.G. was a twenty eight year old female who was crossing Chicago Ave. when a garbage truck, owned by Defendant attempted to make a right-hand turn, and struck plaintiff in the crosswalk. The plaintiff sustained a degloving injury to her left leg requiring multiple surgeries and hospitalizations. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Settlement: $3,900,000.00

    G.M.C., Independant Administrator of the Estate of F.J.C. v. Falcon Transport Company, No. 05 C 663 (USDC IL NE)

    On the morning of September 2, 2004, a collision occurred on the Indiana Toll Road in Laporte County, Indiana between two semi-trailer trucks. One of the semi-trailer trucks, owend by Defendant Falcon Transport Co., and driven by one of its employees, was heading eastbound when it collided with a semi-trailer truck parked on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes. It was alleged that the parked semi-trailer truck had a mechanical problem which caused its driver, F. C., to pull over on the highway. The parked semi-trailer truck was owned by third-party Defendant Roadco Transport Services Inc. As a result of the collision, F.C. was killed while he was on the side of the road with the Roadco semi-trailer truck. F.C.'s widow, G.C., brought suit against Falcon alleging that her husband's death resulted from Falcon's negligence. Falcon filed a third-party complaint against Roadco. At the time of his death, F.C. left his wife and three children surviving him. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Settlement: 3,000,000.00

    Estate of D.C. v. New Hope Association, et al., No. 03 L 4007 (Cook County)

    Premises/Psychological malpractice. On October 17, 2002, D.C., 26, a profoundly mentally disabled man with an estimated mental age of 3 to 4 years, ran out of the New Hope Center and onto the Bishop Ford Expressway where he was struck by a vehicle. The New Hope Center was located adjacent to the Bishop Ford Expressway. D.C. had been going to the New Hope Center since 1998. The New Hope Center administered activities and programs for disabled adults. David Sturgeon, Ph.D. was a psychologist who initially evaluated D.C. and then designed and monitored the program for D.C. D.C. left surviving him his father, D.C., Sr., his mother, L.C., and his brothers, D. Christian, Jr., D. Christian and D.C. The settlement was paid by defendant New Hope Association in the amount of $1,333,333.33 and by defendant David Sturgeon, Ph.D. in the amount of $666,666.66. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith

    Settlement: $2,000,000.00

  • Education

    • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2002
      • magna cum laude
      • Elected Order of the Coif
    • B.A. in finance, University of Iowa, 1999
  • Admitted Practice

    • Illinois, 2002
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2004
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2007
  • Memberships

    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois Bar Association
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Honors & Awards

    • Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers 2016-Present and 2011-2015 (Rising Star)
  • Additional Info


    March 2015, Sept. 2014, Sept. 2013 - Guest lecturer for Greenhorn Legal LLC's practical skills training and fundamental litigation techniques for new lawyers program
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