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

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Illinois Chapter President, 2020-2022
    • Illinois Chapter President-elect, 2019-2020
    • National Board Representative, Illinois Chapter, 2018-2022
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
    • President, 2017-2018
    • Vice President, 2016-2017
    • Secretary, 2015-2016
    • Treasurer, 2013-2014
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • International Society of Barristers
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards

  • Top 250 Illinois Lawyers selected by Leading Lawyers Magazine, September 2014
  • Top 10 Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer selected by Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2014, 2018
  • 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, 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2021-2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers since 2004-present
  • Leading American Lawyers, Illinois - product liability, medical malpractice and construction litigation
  • Chicago Lawyer 2011 Year in Review Significant Jury Verdict
  • Lifepath 2010 Family of the Year
  • CBCC Civic Award, 2011
  • Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame (Rugby Team)

Teaching

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, March 13-17, 1992
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, March 19-21, 1990
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, May 24-26, 1989
  • Northwestern University School of Law Legal Clinic/Trial Advocacy Class Presentations

Publications

  • "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
  • Analysis of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Contributing Author, Professional Systems Manual, September 1987, pp. 1-35
  • Prepared script with John Stalmack for AOPA Video on Professional Liability, 1989
  • "Perjury: The Forgotten Offense," 65 J. Crim. L. & C. 361, 1974
  • “Border Searches: Almedia Sanchez v. United States, 64J Crim L & C424, 1973

Presentations

  • “Jury Verdict Inflation,” MP Group, Webinar, June 2020
  • “Masters in Trial Demonstration,” American Board of Trial Advocates, March 10, 2019
  • “Preventing Medical Malpractice,” Midwestern University, June 27, 2018
  • “Trials and Technology in the Courtroom,” ABA/TIPS, Philadelphia, April 29, 2015
  • “Recurring Risks,” CEP/The Mutual, May 15, 2015
  • “Medical Malpractice,” Midwestern University, June 27, 2012
  • “Preventing Medical Misadventures,” Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, April 5, 2011
  • “Preventing Medical Misadventures,” Illinois State Mutual Insurance Exchange, April 13, 2010
  • “Risk Management,” Illinois State Mutual Insurance Exchange, August 19, 2010
  • “Trial and Medical Risks,” Shand Morahan, August 19, 2010
  • “Trials – Medical,” Society of Hand Surgeons, March 16, 2009
  • “Direct Exam,” Chicago Bar Association, February 29, 2008
  • “Allegations of Malpractice in Hand Surgery,” Chicago Society of Hand Surgery, March 12, 2005
  • “Discovering the Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Jury Trial,” Northwestern University School of Law Illinois State Medical Society, April 6, 2002 and June 9, 2002
  • “Medical Cases-Risk Management,” Illinois State Medical Society, November 10, 1999
  • “Legal Aspects of Cancer Research Protocols and Informed Consent,” University of Illinois, Chicago, November 15, 1996
  • “Trial of a Dental Malpractice Case,” 130th Midwinter Meeting, Chicago Dental Society, February 24, 1995
  • “Risk Prevention,” Pathology and Nuclear Associates, January 25, 1995
  • “Deposition of a Witness,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, December 13, 1994
  • “Defense of Medical Cases,” Mt. Sinai Hospital, April 27, 1994
  • "Risk Management in Medical Cases,” Illinois State Medical Society, January 15, 1994
  • "Mock Pharmaceutical Liability Trial,” 29th Annual Meeting, Drug Information Association, July 14, 1993
  • "Taking the Plaintiff's Deposition,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Shotgun Seminar, February 15, 1993
  • "Deposing the Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, December 15, 1992
  • "Medical Malpractice Trial,” University of Illinois School of Medicine, April 23, 1992
  • "Deposing the Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, December 12, 1991
  • "Trial - Liability of Agents and Brokers,” Illinois Professional Insurance Agents Association, September 14, 1991
  • "Factors in Settlement Evaluations,” North Suburban Clinic, April 30, 1991
  • "Realities of Medicine - Trial,” University of Illinois School of Medicine, April 4, 1991
  • "Deposing the Non-Medical Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, December 13, 1990
  • "Risk Management Strategies," Good Shepherd Hospital, July 17, 1990
  • "Demonstration: Preparing an Expert for Deposition and Deposition of Expert,” IICLE, May 18, 1989
  • “Addressing Plaintiff's Claims of Pain and Suffering,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, May 11, 1989
  • "Dental Malpractice," Chicago Dental Society, North Michigan Avenue Dental Study Club, March 15, 1989
  • "Liability of Insurance Agents & Brokers,” North Suburban Chapter of Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, March 21, 1989
  • "Deposing the Non-Medical Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, September 13, 1988
  • "Mock Trial - Liability of Insurance Agents & Brokers,” Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois & Wisconsin, July 16, 1988
  • "Proving/Disputing Plaintiff’s Damages,” Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 3, 1988
  • "Proof of Facts: Laying the Foundation for Expert Testimony,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, November 19, 1987
  • "Deposing the Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, October 27, 1987
  • "Liability of Insurance Agents & Insurance Brokers,” Chicago Council of Insurance Women, October 14, 1987
  • "Illinois Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage,” Professional Education Systems, September 9, 10 and 11, 1987
  • "Liability of Insurance Agents & Brokers,” Insurance Women of Suburban Chicago, March 12, 1987
  • "Medical Records,” Chicago Medical Society 43rd Annual Midwest Clinical Conference, March 8, 1987
  • "Deposition Strategies & Techniques – Deposing the Expert,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, October 30, 1986
  • "Proving & Disputing Damages,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, May 22, 1985
  • "Medical Malpractice Crisis," Spring Meeting, Chicago Medical Society North Branch, April 27, 1985
  • "Dental Malpractice," 120th Midwinter Meeting, Chicago Dental Society, February 24, 1985
  • "1985 Medical Malpractice Reform Act,” Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, October 8, 1985
  • "Dental Malpractice Trial," 119th Midwinter Meeting, Chicago Dental Society, February 20, 1984
  • "Jury Selection," Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar, January 18, 1983
  • "Dental Malpractice," Chicago Dental Society Annual Meeting North Branch, January 14, 1982
  • "Malpractice Crisis," University of Illinois Medical & Dental School Seminar, November 12, 1980
  • "Dental Malpractice," Illinois Society of Periodontists Seminar, October 22, 1979

News

Chicago, June 2, 2021
ABOTA Illinois Recognizes Martin For Service to Illinois Chapter
Martin is a past ABOTA Illinois chapter president and ABOTA national board member.

Chicago, April 26, 2021
Rogers Named President of ABOTA Illinois
ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials.

Chicago, February 2, 2021
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys have been named n to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list and 13 have been named to the Illinois Rising Stars list.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 11, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2021
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, October 30, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Special Olympics Illinois' Virtual Gala
The gala program, scribed by talented writers from Second City, featured a variety show with sketch comedy and musician performances.

Chicago, Lisle, St. Louis, Madison County, August 20, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, February 3, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2020
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, January 31, 2020
Monaco Inducted Into Society of Trial Lawyers
Monaco focuses his practice on Product Liability, Class Action Defense, and Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes.

Chicago, St. Louis, February 28, 2019
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, January 16, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2019
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, August 31, 2018
Leading Lawyers Names Drumke, Schichtel, Rogers to Top 10 Lists
The three partners were recognized in the categories of Class Action/Mass Defense, Med Mal Defense and Women Business Lawyers.

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.

November 2, 2016
Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professional Negligence Claim
Partners William J. Rogers and Catherine Basque Weiler successfully persuaded the appellate court to affirm the dismissal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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