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Devon C. Bruce

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Power Rogers, LLP
70 West Madison Street, Suite 5500
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-236-9381
Fax: 312-236-0920
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2009 - 2023
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Devon C. Bruce is a personal injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois, with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Bruce is a partner at Power Rogers LLP and serves clients in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the state of Illinois.

After completing his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Mr. Bruce graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Illinois state courts.

Mr. Bruce has experience with personal injury cases involving automobile collisions, birth injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, product liability, trucking accidents, wrongful death and other issues. He has successfully secured many substantial settlements and verdicts for clients, including the largest medical malpractice settlement in Illinois in 2017.

Honoring his achievements, Chicago Lawyer magazine included Mr. Bruce on its “40 Lawyers Under 40” list in 2009. He was also recognized by Leading Lawyers many years in a row.

As an active contributor to his legal community, Mr. Bruce is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He lectures on various legal topics and serves as an adjunct professor of law at his alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Law.

Serving his community through various roles, Mr. Bruce has served in leadership positions for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Police Merit Board. He continues to serve in roles with The Ireland Funds, the Illinois State Board of Investment, the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Oversight Committee, Navy Pier Inc., and the Walter Payton Liver Center.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Trucking Accidents, Birth Injury, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005, 2009 - 2023

About Devon C. Bruce

First Admitted: 1993, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.powerrogers.com/our-attorneys/devon-c-bruce/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Ireland Fund Board Member, Chicago, 2010 - Present; Vice Chairman

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "The $54 Million Question: A Debate Over the Auditing Firm's Role in Discovering Fraud," Illinois Certified Public Accountant Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, April 29, 2014
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004 - Present
  • "Firearms/Food Products," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Product Liability - Premises Liability Litigation Seminar, February 21, 2000
  • "Civil Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases in the United States" and "The Importance of Jury Trials in Civil Cases," Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, April 2000
  • "Maximizing Damages," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Product Liability Seminar, February 19, 2001
  • "Wrongful Death Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Evidence Seminar, May 5, 2001
  • "Jury Selection, Anatomy of a Trial" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 16, 2004
  • "Attacking the Affidavit", together with Judge Diane Larsen, Chicago Bar Association Seminar, December 16, 2005, October 20, 2003, October 23, 2002
  • "Your Attack on the Affidavit" The Chicago Bar Association, December 17, 2007 and December 6, 2006
  • "Special Issues in Catastrophic Injury Cases - Liens and Settlements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Associates, April 5, 2008
  • "Ethics Jurisprudence - How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Medical Malpractice" University of Illinois College of Medicine, October 27, 2010
  • "Updates and Developments in Medical Negligence Actions in Ireland" Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, November 20, 2010
  • "Nuts & Bolts of Opening Statements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, March 25, 2011
  • "Presentation on Illinois State Board of Investment", City of Chicago, March 5, 2012
  • "Inside the Daley Center from a Plaintiff's Perspective", Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 5, 2012

Verdicts/Settlements

  • R. v. United/Goedecke, 238 Ill. 2d 582 (2010)
  • G. v. Chicago Transit Authority, 312 Ill.App.3d 1005 (Ill.App.1st Dist. 2001)
  • S. v. Chicago Park District, 323 Ill.App.3d 574 (Ill., 2001)
  • L. v. Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation, 327 Ill.App.3d 801 (3rd Dist. 2002)
  • S. v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 51 (U.S.Ill., 2002)
  • G. v. State Farm Insurance, 215 Ill.2d 381 (Ill., 2005)
  • R. v. Wyeth, 377 Ill.App.3d 20 (1st Dist. 2007)

Honors/Awards

  • Leading Lawyers Magazine 2016, Top 100 Lawyers
  • Selected by a polling of all active lawyers across Illinois as a Super Lawyer in personal injury litigation. This distinction is awarded to 5% of all Illinois attorneys.
  • 1998 Recipient, Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, for the Successful Challenge to the Illinois Tort Reform Act of 1995 in Best v. Taylor Machine Works
  • 1999 Recipient, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, for Appreciation of Volunteer Work of Writing Amicus Curiae Briefs to the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005 and 2009 - Present
  • 2009 Honoree, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch
  • 2013 Recipient, Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, in recognition of service to reduce fraud world wide
  • Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Highest Verdict or Settlement in a Dog Bite Case, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law; Former Chairman, Young Lawyers Division
  • Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Oversight Committee, 1997 - Present 
  • University of Illinois, Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, February 2003 - 2009
  • University of Illinois, Chairman, Budget & Audit Committee February 2003 - 2009
  • University of Illinois, Board of Trustees Member, 2003 - 2009
  • State of Illinois Merit Board, 2005 - 2009
  • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Chairman, Finance, 2009 - 2010
  • Walter Payton Liver Center Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Navy Pier, Inc., Board 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Inn of Court, Former Member, 1997-1998 
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Former Chairman, Alumni Advisory Board; Former Chairman, Fundraising Committee; Member, Cribbet Society, 1988 - Present
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Lead Paint Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Supreme Court Appeals Committee; Member, Amicus Curiae Committee; Member, Legislative Committee

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1990
  • University College Cork, Ireland, 1988 
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Office Location for Devon C. Bruce

70 West Madison Street
Suite 5500
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-236-9381

Fax: 312-236-0920

Last Updated: 6/13/2022

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