Joseph A. Power, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Power Rogers & Smith, LLP
 | 70 West Madison, 55th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-236-9381
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Joseph A. Power Jr., is the founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Power focuses his practice exclusively on medical malpractice and serves clients throughout Cook County, Illinois. He has been licensed to practice law since 1977 and has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients over the course of his career.

Mr. Power has received various awards in recognition of his accomplishments. He has been listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” multiple years in a row and named one of the “top 10 litigators in the United States” by the National Law Journal.

In addition, Mr. Power has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers and Lawdragon. He has received awards from groups including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation, the City Club of Chicago, Chicago Lawyer magazine, the Civil Justice Foundation and Public Justice.

Mr. Power has held leadership roles with organizations such as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and serves as president of the Inner Circle of Advocates.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Power received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is licensed before all Illinois state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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Admitted: 1977, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.prslaw.com/our-attorneys/joseph-a-power-jr-/

Honors/Awards:

  • 1999 National Law Journal named as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States and one of the top four plaintiff's personal injury trial lawyers in Illinois.
  • 2001 Awarded "Protector of the Working Man" by the Illinois State Crime Commission
  • 2003 Awarded Citizen of the Year, June 2003, by the City Club of Chicago
  • 2003 Awarded Medal of Excellence by Loyola University School of Law
  • 2003 Awarded Illinois State Bar Association, Medal of Merit
  • 2004 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in the Settlement Survey as the No.1 Plaintiff's Law Firm in Chicago
  • 2005 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as one of the top 4 Plaintiff's law firms in Chicago
  • 2007 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as Number 1 Plaintiff's law firms in Chicago
  • 2009 Super Lawyer Magazine, One of Top Ten Lawyers in Illinois
  • 2009 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as one of the top 4 Plaintiff's law firms in Chicago
  • 2010 Best Lawyers in America, selected as Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago
  • 2011 LawDragon, selected as One of the Best Lawyers in the country
  • 2012 Public Justice, Champion of Justice Award
  • 2013 Leading Lawyers Magazine, Top Personal Injury and Consumer Lawyer based upon polling of fellow lawyers
  • 2013 Best Lawyers in America Selected as Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago
  • 2015 Leading Lawyers Magazine, Top Personal Injury and Consumer Lawyer based upon polling of fellow lawyers
  • 2000 Awarded the Civil Justice Foundation's Special Commendation Award for his thoroughness, tenacity, and courage in uncovering and disclosing the "License for Sale" scandal in the State of Illinois secretary of state's office as part of the Willis case
  • 2002 Chicago Magazine, "30 Tough Lawyers," named one of the 30 toughest lawyers in all fields in Chicago. Those listed are, according to the magazine, attorneys you want "for you, not against you"
  • 2003 Chicago Magazine, October 2003, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as No. 1 Law Firm in Chicago
  • 2003 Awarded Tribute for Leadership on behalf of social justice and progressive change by US Action and US Action Education Fund
  • 2004 Awarded Illinois Bar Foundation's Distinguished Award for Excellence
  • 2004 The Top Vote-getter in a Poll of Illinois Lawyers of the Top Attorneys in Illinois. Published in Chicago Magazine.
  • 2006 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as one of the top 4 Plaintiff's law firms in Chicago
  • 2008 Chicago Lawyer Magazine, named in Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey as one of the top 4 Plaintiff's law firms in Chicago
  • 2009 Leading Lawyer Network, Top Vote-getter as Leading Consumer and Personal Lawyer
  • 2010 Leading Lawyers Network, Top Personal Injury and Consumer Lawyer in Illinois
  • 2010 Jury Verdict Reporter, Award for Record Medical Malpractice Verdict and for having Over Five Jury Verdicts of Eight Figures or More
  • 2011 Leading Lawyers Network, Top Ten Personal Injury and Consumer Attorney in Illinois
  • 2012 Top vote getter as Leading Personal Injury Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2013 Top vote getter as Leading Personal Injury Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014 Leading Lawyers Magazine, Top Personal Injury and Consumer Lawyer based upon polling of fellow lawyers
  • 2016 Leading Lawyers Magazine, #1 personal injury plaintiff’s attorney, the #1 consumer lawyer, and the #2 leading lawyer overall

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1996
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • Northern District of Illinois, Federal Trial Bar, 1982
  • Northern District of Illinois, 1977
  • Illinois Bar, 1977
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Benefactor
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, State Captain, 1988-1994
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Lifetime Member
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Vice President, 1996-1997
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, President Elect, 1997-1998
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, President, 1998-1999
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chairman, Insurance Practices Committee, 1986-1987
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Executive Committee, 1986-1987 and 1989-1994
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Membership Committee, 1985-1987
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1987-1989
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers, 1984-1989
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Third Vice President, 1989-1990
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Second Vice President, 1990-1991
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect, 1991-1992
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1992-1993
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, President
  • Celtic Legal Society, Past President
  • ABOTA (Illinois Chapter), Past President

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • On October 18, 2016, A.M., a 12 year old girl presented to a Local Community Hospital.  The employed hospitalists involved in her care and treatment failed to diagnose neck abscesses by CT scanning, failed to recognize her clinical deterioration and organ dysfunction due to infection and failed to timely transfer her to a children’s hospital. The employed interventional radiologist and otolaryngologist failed to perform a sedation assessment, failed to recognize a class IV airway, failed to recognize developing sepsis, failed to protect her airway before giving inappropriate sedation and failed to timely transfer her to a children's hospital. These providers failed to recognize deep neck abscesses when treating mononucleosis and streptococcal infection leading to continued clinical deterioration. As a result, the minor suffered catastrophic irreversible neurologic injury due to a cardiorespiratory arrest. This is the largest settlement for a brain injured-minor in the history of the State of Illinois.    Settlement:  $40,000,000.00, 2018
  •  On December 18, 2011, the Plaintiff Mother presented to the hospital for labor and delivery.  Pitocin was administered at 7:30 p.m. to augment labor contractions. Fetal heart rate monitoring began at 7:30 p.m. and was normal and reassuring through 10 p.m. Plaintiffs’ alleged that the fetal monitoring tracings became non-reassuring and abnormal after 10:00 p.m. through delivery at 12:28 a.m. the following morning. Plaintiffs contend that had Mom delivered between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on December 18th, A. would have been neurologically normal. Because of the delay in delivering A., she suffered brain damage and resultant spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and seizures. This settlement is a state record for a child injured at birth. Settlement:    $35,000,000.00                                                              , 2018
  • In June of 2008, the Plaintiff sued the driver of the vehicle that crashed into his children as well as multiple construction contractors, alleging that a road barricade placed in the wrong location caused the Defendant-driver to collide with an oncoming vehicle, which caused her vehicle to crash into the sidewalk where three children were standing.  Settlement:                                                                         $18,550,000.00  , 2017
  • The Plaintiff, a truck driver, was transporting several bundles of carbon steel tubing. The crane operator at the delivery location attempted to unload the cargo, but because the tubing was improperly stacked and configured for unloading, one bundle of the tubing rolled out and crushed his legs, lacerating his right popliteal artery and fracturing his fibula and tibia. His right knee was amputated above the knee, and after his left leg developed a fungal infection, the doctors had to amputate that one above the knee as well.  This is the largest verdict in Illinois history in a contested liability case. Verdict:  $95,477,464.00           Reduced 10%                                              $85,929,717.60, 2017
  • P.T. a 55-year-old married female presented for removal of her esophagus due to difficulty swallowing and regurgitation. During the procedure, Surgical was utilized but was not removed ultimately migrating into her spinal canal compromising her spinal cord, which resulted in paraplegia and a neurogenic bladder and bowel. When imaging was ordered due to symptoms, the imaging was delayed, thereby delaying spinal cord decompression.Settlement:                                                                     $10,000,000.00, 2017
  • The Plaintiffs worked for a law firm in the large office building located at 500 West Madison Street. Allied Barton provided Security Services to the building. On December 8, 2006, a former client of the firm’s entered the 500 West Madison office building armed with a revolver, chain, padlock, hunting knife, and hammer in order to seek out and kill one of the attorneys who he mistakenly believed had wronged him. After loitering in the building’s lobby and being turned away by the security desk, the former client was permitted access to the law firm, located on an upper-level floor, by Allied Barton security. Once he had gained access to the law firm, he shot and killed three individuals and injured the fourth. Joseph A. Power, Jr. represented the Estate of M.M. and recovered $14.6 million for his client. Larry R. Rogers, Jr. represented the Estate of A.H. and secured an $11 million verdict for his client. James Power represented R.L. and secured a $5 million verdict.Verdict:                                                                                       $     33,400,000.00, 2017
  • On July 15, 2011, Plaintiff underwent a left laparoscopic nephrectomy at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.  The surgeon and first assistant (both urologists), were scheduled many days earlier for his case.  During the surgery, the first assistant left the surgical suite, left the hospital and performed a vasectomy on a patient in his office while Plaintiff was under anesthesia. Following Dr. Cinel’s departure, the camera operator was a non-medical doctor, again in violation of hospital policies.  Without an assistant urologist, Dr. Badwan encountered unanticipated bleeding from an unknown location during the course of the laparoscopic case.  He utilized a GIA stapler to control the bleeding.  This device was utilized by Dr. Badwan without a view of the anatomy as the laparoscopic view was a pool of blood.  His decision to ligate and cut was a violation of the standard of care. Dr. Badwan then utilized the metal jaws of the stapling device as a closure mechanism around unknown anatomy, leaving the staple gun sticking out of Plaintiff’s side through a laparoscopic port.  Dr. Badwan sought the assistance of a physician as Dr. Cinel had vacated the premises.  Into the operation comes a general surgeon.  Upon entering Plaintiff’s operative suite, he learned that bleeding was controlled and that he wasn’t needed emergently.  He performed surgery with Dr. Badwan to remove Plaintiff’s kidney.  The surgery was now an open nephrectomy.  After the kidney was removed and Plaintiff was closed, these surgeons, failed to see that Plaintiff had a severed aorta with negligent stapling of the proximal and distal aorta.  Additional inspection would also have revealed negligent staple placement upon Plaintiff’s right renal artery and the severing of a right renal artery accessory.  After closure, Plaintiff experienced severe ischemic pain in his lower extremities and could not move his legs in the post-anesthesia care unit.  He had no lower extremity pulses.  The surgeon sought the consultation of a neurosurgeon.  Plaintiff was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center for surgical exploration wherein these injuries were identified to the operative personnel by the Loyola team.  Plaintiff’s experts believe that all of the surgeons were required to inspect the surgical wound.  In every surgery there can be foreign bodies and materials left behind and there is the potential for hemorrhage and inadvertent organ injury that requires visual and tactile inspection.  All three physicians are responsible for the failures in surgical inspection to identify the aortic transection, aortic ligation and right renal artery transection and ligation.  If these injuries had been found, Plaintiff would have been revascularized in a timely fashion, he would not have experienced kidney death on the right side, nor motor or sensory deficits in his lower extremities.  Due to the delays in diagnosis and treatment, Plaintiff received revascularization of the aorta via an aortic graft, however, he remains a paraplegic as the revascularization was over nine hours after the occurrence far beyond the correctable window.  No physician in this case has identified any similar occurrence in the history of kidney transplant surgery.  It is a violation of surgical standards of care.  The combination of negligence of these three physicians led to Plaintiff’s irreparable lower extremity injury and his need to have the functions of his kidneys performed by dialysis. Settlement:                                                                                $      30,000,000.00, 2015
  • Plaintiff who was employed as a labor foreman alleged that when a work deck attached to concrete shaft forms was raised 30 inches off the forms, a gap was created, making exit from the work deck to a ladder 35 inches below unsafe.  The only alternative to navigating the nearly 3-foot gap was to step around the side of the work deck and step onto a catwalk.  As plaintiff stepped around the side of the work deck, the crane operator began to hoist the work deck, with the shaft forms still attached to the concrete.  The force of the crane, together with the substandard fasteners/threaded rods attached to the work deck, caused the work deck to shift violently, striking plaintiff in the left leg, which resulted in an amputation. Plaintiff brought negligence and product liability claims against the manufacturer of the work deck and shaft forms, a co-designer (who happened to be a former employer of plaintiff), and the manufacturer of the fasteners/threaded rods.  Plaintiff's current employer was a Third Party Defendant.  All parties except for the alleged co-designer settled prior to trial.  The case continued against the former employer on the theory that as a co-designer of the initial system, the defendant exercised sufficient control over the design of the product that when it sold the system to the plaintiff's employer at the time of the incident it met the criteria necessary to be sued under a theory of strict liability.  The remaining defendant contended that it was not in the business of placing such products in the stream of commerce and that the sale of the system was a one-time sale of a used product.  The defendant further contended that the plaintiff put himself in a pinch point and did not have to go below to help.  The evidence demonstrated that after the sale, the plaintiff's current employer refurbished the system with the substandard fasteners/threaded rods, but did not alter the manner in which the system was used.  Just prior to final arguments in an almost three week long trial, the case settled for $6.9 million, which included a worker’s compensation lien waiver and Medicare set aside. Settlement                                                                                  $       6,900,000.00, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Honors: With high honors, Major: Government and International Relations, 1974
Office Location for Joseph A. Power, Jr.

70 West Madison
55th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-236-9381

 

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Last Updated: 9/18/2018

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