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Roger is a graduate of Westminster College. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and received his law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in law school he was a member of the Board of Advocates, the Journal of Dispute Resolution, and was afforded the opportunity to study law abroad at King’s College, Cambridge University.
Following graduation Roger served as a felony prosecutor in the Circuit Attorney’s Office in St. Louis, Missouri where he represented the people of the State of Missouri against felony criminal defendants.
He then worked at the international law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLC. While at Shook Hardy Roger represented multinational companies and healthcare providers in the defense of product liability and professional malpractice cases.
Since 2005 Roger has been representing victims of catastrophic injury and wrongful death in cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, motor vehicle accidents and product and premises liability cases. Roger has also represented clients across the nation in various mass tort product liability cases involving defective medical devices and/or drugs.
In 2011 Roger was awarded the Thomas J. Conway Young Trial Lawyer Award by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Conway Award is given each year to one lawyer who exemplifies two traits: 1) outstanding trial skills, and 2) the ability to be a fierce advocate and a good friend to opposing counsel at the same time.
The same year he was also recognized by Ingram’s Magazine by his inclusion in their “40 Under Forty” publication. He is regularly recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar” and has been repeatedly chosen as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a Fellow of the Bar for the KCMBA and a Fellow of the Missouri Bar Foundation.
Since 2012 Roger has been recognized as one of Super Lawyers’ Top 50 attorneys in Kansas City and one of the Top 100 attorneys in the States of Missouri and Kansas. Roger has also been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Roger has served as President of the Civil Litigation Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (“KCMBA”) and has chaired the Tort Committee for the Missouri Bar Association. He is a former Chair of the KCMBA Tort Committee and currently sits on the Board of the KCMBA and Chairs that organization’s CLE Committee. He is currently the president of the Civil Litigation Division of the Missouri Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at seminars and CLE presentations including moderating and presenting at the Missouri Bar’s annual “Winning Strategies in Medical Malpractice” seminar. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and two young sons.
Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2015
Top 100: 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2015 Kansas City Super Lawyers
Top 100: 2014 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2014 Kansas City Super Lawyers
Top 100: 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2013 Kansas City Super Lawyers
Top 100: 2012 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2012 Kansas City Super Lawyers
Admitted: 1998, Missouri
Professional Webpage: www.leessummitattorneyatlaw.com/about_us.html
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