Devon C. Bruce is a Partner with the Chicago personal injury law firm of Power, Rogers & Smith, practicing in the area of personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Bruce is also active in practicing accounting and banking malpractice, he also prosecutes qui tam actions for fraud committed against the United States and the State of Illinois. Mr. Bruce is one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Illinois that specializes in appellate advocacy on behalf of tort victims.
Mr. Bruce obtained $47.5 million dollars for a 4 year old child in a complex medical malpractice case involving the failure to diagnose and treat a bacterial infection. This is the largest recorded settlement for a medical malpractice action in Cook County.
In 2014, Mr Bruce resolved over $29.5 million dollars for his clients including: $8.5 million medical malpractice lawsuit arising out of lack of nursing care for an elderly woman; $7 million for failure to treat premature baby in NICU unit in Rockford; $4.7 million of the failure to monitor an elderly woman’s airway in a hospice facility resulting in death. Mr. Bruce was also privileged to give the key note address at the City Club of Chicago regarding his representation of the City of Dixon case in which he obtained $40 million dollars for the City of Dixon. Anyone interested can watch the speech at: The City of Dixon: How Rita Crundwell Stole 53 Million Dollars and How Most of it was Retrieved or view the docmentary here.
On December 29, 2014, Mr Bruce won an appellate victory when the appellate court reversed the trail court’s decision to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim. In that case, the plaintiff was severely injured in a manufacturing setting and the trial court had dismissed the case as matter of law. Mr. Bruce filed briefs and argued the matter to the appellate court and prevailed. Now the matter can be decided by a jury.
Mr. Bruce has been an invited guest speaker on the issues of embezzlement, accounting malpractice and banking malpractice to a number of organizations which include: The City Club of Chicago; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and at the Loyola University Law School.
In 2015, Mr. Bruce obtained a significant recovery for a physicians group
in a banking malpractice case. The case arose out of an employee of the
physician’s group who stole health insurance checks made payable
to the physician’s groups. The bank improperly allowed the employee/embezzler
to then open fraudulent accounts and cash the checks in the medical group’s name.
Mr. Bruce is also representing a radiology group in an accounting malpractice action arising from overbilling and unfounded charges being approved by the group’s accounting firm.This has been reported as the largest civil recovery for a municipality arising out of an embezzlement in the country.”
Mr. Bruce is currently representing over 50 farmers and farming entities in individual actions against Syngenta, a Swiss corporation. The Syngenta litigation arose out of false sales and marketing of a genetically modified seed corn manufactured by Syngenta and sold into the United States which caused significant economic damage to Illinois farmers.
Partner Devon Bruce has settled an accounting and banking malpractice case on behalf of the City of Dixon for a gross settlement of $40,000,000.00. The case arose out of the largest reported municipal embezzlement of a municipality in the United States. The treasurer of the City of Dixon, Rita Crundwell, stole over $53 million dollars from the City. Mr Bruce brought the action on behalf of the City against several accountants and accounting firms for the negligent performance of the annual audit of the City as well as the failure to report irregularities in the personal tax returns of Rita Crundwell which several of the defendants also performed. Mr Bruce also alleged that the defendant Fifth Third Bank violated numerous reasonably commercial accounting standards in the banking industry including: allowing Rita Crundwell to improperly open an account in the name of the City of Dixon; failing to disclose the existence of the account at issue in the annual bank confirmations and not monitoring its clients accounts for various red flags which would have identified Rita Crundwell’s theft. It has been reported that the City will also be reimbursed approximately $10 million dollars from the sale of her assets by the federal government. In October of 2014, Mr. Bruce gave the keynote address to the City Club of Chicago regarding the case.
A representative list of Mr. Bruce’s verdicts and settlements are set forth below.
Prior to working at Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., Mr. Bruce clerked
for a Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result of that experience,
Mr. Bruce handles many of the Chicago personal injury law firm's appeals.
Mr. Bruce has won numerous matters in the Illinois Appellate Court and
the Illinois Supreme Court. In 2005, Mr. Bruce argued and won a case before
the Illinois Supreme Court in the matter of Gillen v. State Farm Insurance
Co., 215 Ill.2d 381 (2005). In Gillen Mr. Bruce represented a widow of
a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. State Farm Insurance
argued that their financial obligation under the insurance contract paid
for by the plaintiff should be reduced by the monies the widow recovered
from the City of Chicago. The Illinois Supreme Court Affirmed Mr. Bruce's
position that State Farm Insurance should not offset or reduce the monies
it owed to the widow.
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 long time 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 an number of clients.