William J. Rogers

Biography

William J. Rogers is a trial lawyer who has tried jury cases in federal, state and municipal courts and has written and argued appeals in the Seventh Circuit, Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
General Trial Practice
Medical Negligence and Healthcare
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Product Liability
Professional Liability

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Society of Trial Lawyers
    • President, 2017-2018
    • Vice President, 2016-2017
    • Secretary, 2015-2016
    • Treasurer, 2013-2014
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    •  National Board Representative, Illinois Chapter, 2018-2020
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Top 250 Illinois Lawyers selected by Leading Lawyers Magazine, September 2014
  • Top 10 Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer selected by Leading Lawyers Magazine, September 2014
  • Top 100 Illinois Lawyers 2007, conducted by Law & Politics, Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2005-2018
  • Leading American Lawyers, Illinois - product liability, medical malpractice and construction litigation
  • Lifepath 2010 Family of the Year
  • CBCC Civic Award, 2011
  • Chicago Lawyer 2011 Year in Review Significant Jury Verdict

Publications

  • "Permitted Disclosures Involving Substance Use Treatment Records: What Psychiatrists Need to Know," In Session with Allied World, Summer 2017
  • "Supplement to Discovery in Medical Cases," Co-Author with Geoffrey Gifford and Michael Lauzon, IICLE, 1992)
  • "Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases," Co-Author with Geoffrey Gifford and Michael Lauzon, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1989)
  • "An E & O Case Study," Schramm, Rogers & Stalmack, Agency Bulletin, January 1989, Volume 13, No. 5
  • "Perjury: The Forgotten Offense," 65 J. Crim. L. & C. 361 (1974)
  • “Border Searches: Almedia Sanchez v. United States, 645 Crim L & J 424 (1973)

Presentations

William J. Rogers has been a lecturer and presenter on trial practice, legal, medical, insurance and products liability topics for the American Board of Trial Advocates, Chicago Bar Association, Northwestern University School of Law, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Drug Information Association, ISMIE, Chicago Medical Society, Chicago Dental Society, Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois and Wisconsin, University of Illinois and various medical and hospital groups.

News

Chicago, June 1, 2018
Rogers Appointed Illinois Representative for ABOTA National Board
ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution.

Chicago, St. Louis, February 20, 2018
Illinois Supreme Court Recognizes Wahl, Attorneys for Participation in Mentoring Program
Run by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to provide professional guidance with lawyers in their early years of practice.

Chicago, Libertyville, Madison County, January 26, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 35 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 20 Super Lawyers and 14 Rising Stars among its attorneys.

Chicago, January 24, 2018
Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Trial Court Ruling for Medical Client
The case, which involved vascular surgery, was handled by attorneys William J. Rogers and Valerie Lengerich.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 23, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2018
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, November 20, 2017
Fitzgerald, Rogers Author Article for "In Session" Insurance Publication
The article focused on "Permitted Disclosures Involving Substance Use Treatment Records: What Psychiatrists Need to Know."

Chicago, September 13, 2017
Rogers Named President for Society of Trial Lawyers
Rogers will serve that role for a year. He previously served as vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Chicago, March 10, 2017
Rogers Presents at ABOTA Seminar
Rogers was a member of the defense trial team in a full-day mock trial before a presiding Cook County Circuit Court Judge, a mock jury and practicing Illinois lawyers.

Chicago, January 16, 2017
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 38 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, November 2, 2016
Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professional Negligence Claim

Chicago, September 12, 2016
Rogers Named Vice President for Society of Trial Lawyers
Rogers will be vice president for a year and become president in 2017-2018.

Chicago, August 3, 2016
Rogers, Lengerich Win Summary Judgment Motion in Medical Negligence Action
Rogers and Lengerich argued there was a lack of proximate cause between the defendants’ alleged negligence and plaintiff’s leg amputation.

Chicago, June 1, 2016
Kocour Elected to Membership in American Board of Trial Advocates
Kocour joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

Chicago, May 25, 2016
Rogers, Donohue Obtain Defense Verdict for Anesthesiologist
The plaintiff claimed that the anesthesiologist failed to keep her under anesthesia and she moved during eye surgery resulting in choroidal hemorrhage and blindness in the eye.

Chicago, May 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers List
Thirty-six Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys were named Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, October 20, 2015
American College of Trial Lawyers Inducts Wills, 10th Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney
Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship and membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, October 17, 2014
Wills Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates
Wills joins several other Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP who are also ABOTA members.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, August 29, 2013
Rogers Named Fellow of International Society of Barristers
The ISOB brings together the best of the trial bar without partisan interests.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 31, 2012
Verdict Recognized in Chicago Lawyer Year in Review Supplement
The highlighted case involved claims of medical malpractice which lead to the death of a pregnant woman from a pulmonary embolism.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, July 11, 2011
Rogers Receives Civic Award at the 2011 CBCC All-Star Invitational
William J. Rogers was recognized for his continued support and commitment to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 19, 2011
Thirty Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to announce that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, November 24, 2010
Mike Ditka Speaks at LifePath Benefit Honoring Rogers and Family
The 2010 Outstanding Family Award was presented to William J. Rogers and his family for their commitment to the mission of LifePath, a social service organization.

Chicago, Libertyville, October 29, 2010
American College of Trial Lawyers Admits Ninth Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorney
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Robert M. Collins has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

Chicago, August 19, 2010
Rogers Addresses Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William J. Rogers spoke at a seminar sponsored by ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company on August 19 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Chicago, April 13, 2010
Rogers Addresses Physicians at ISMIE Mutual Seminar
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner William G. Rogers served as a panelist at the ISMIE Mutual seminar, “Preventing Medical Misadventures,” on April 13 at the Chicago North Shore Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, Illinois.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, April 9, 2010
Twenty-Five Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 17 of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, August 19, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes New Partners, Francis R. Petrek, Jr. and William J. Rogers
Petrek and Rogers will focus their practices on Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Medical Negligence and Healthcare.

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