Michael P. Cogan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Cogan & Power, P.C.
 | 1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-477-2500
Fax: 312-477-2501
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile
    Michael P. Cogan has been a compassionate and aggressive advocate for victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death for nearly 30 years, securing for his clients multimillion-dollar verdicts. A founding partner of Cogan & Power, P.C., Mr. Cogan has received the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named one of the top 100 attorneys in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. He is an invited member of the prestigious Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, on the Board of Governors of the ITLA, an Adjunct Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School, and the Co-Chair of the ITLA Medical Negligence Committee. Mr. Cogan writes bi-monthly for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and has an article in the November 2013 Illinois Bar Journal.
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Michael Cogan

    Admitted: 1981, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: http://www.coganpower.com/attorneys/michael-p-cogan/


    • John Marshall Law School Distinguished Career Award Appointed by the Dean to 'John Marshall Board of Visitors'    , John Marshall Law School, 2017
    • Highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top 5% of Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network
    • Induction into the Network of Leading Attorneys
    • Illinois Leading Attorneys
    • Million Dollar Advocate Forum
    • Society of Trial Lawyers
    • Member, Society of Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Consumer Lawyers in Illinois according to the Leading Lawyers Network, 1997 - 1999
    • Member, Million Dollar Advocate Forum, induction into the Network of Leading Attorneys, 1997 - 1999
    • Top 100 Lawyers by American Association Justice, 2009 - 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Appointed Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School 2015 Elected Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association Board of Governors, 2016
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Committee, Co-Chair, 2014
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 2013
    • Board of Directors, Cornerstones Health, Inc., 2011 - Present
    • Supporting Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2005 - Present
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1987
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
    • National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, Judge, 1998
    • Judge, National Moot Court Trial Competition, 1998
    • Benefactor, Family Services of Glencoe
    • Past President, University of Chicago Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation
    • Member and Legal Counsel, The Knapp Burn Foundation, 1992 - 1995
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Society of Trial Lawyers, Chicago
    • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Supporting Member, American Association for Justice
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 1986 - Present
    • Commissioner, Village of Glencoe Baseball Association
    • Coach, Glencoe Park District Basketball, 1995 - 2000
    • Coach, Little League Baseball, 1995 - 2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Published author in Daily Law Bulletin and Illinois State Bar Journal, author, 2012
    • Invited Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1984
    • Invited Speaker, Issues in Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001
    • Legal Issues, University of Chicago Hospital Grand Rounds, 1998, 1999
    • Legal Issues, St. Francis Hospital Grand Rounds, 1994, 1997, 2000
    • Invited Speaker, "International Screening Guidelines for Colon Cancer, "Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Innesbrook, FL, 2000
    • Invited Speaker, American Gastroenterological Association Annual Meeting, 1999 - 2000
    • Invited Speaker, Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, 2004
    • Invited Speaker, "How Not to Get Sued," University of Illinois at Chicago, Third-Year Resident Retreat
    • Invited Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Special Ethical Considerations in Handling Medical Malpractice Cases," 2005
    • Invited Speaker, Law Bulletin Litigation Series, Arbitration and Mediation
    • Faculty, Annual Judges Symposium, 2012
    • Invited Speaker on Voir Dire, Law Bulletin Jury Management Conference, 2010


    • (2017) 15.2million dollar verdict for 61 year old woman whose Stage I cancer was missed in a CT in 2011. As a result of the delay, diagosed with metastatic lung cancer in 2015., 2017
    • $2 million: 50-year-old man died from cardiac arrest while driving himself to the emergency room, after health-care provider failed to respond properly to his complaints of cardiac signs and symptoms.
    • $2.05 million: 56-year-old husband and father was admitted to Lutheran General Hospital to determine cause of obstructive jaundice. After undergoing diagnostic ERCP, he developed cholangitis (infection of the bile duct) which went undiagnosed, and resulted in sepsis, septic shock, cardiac arrest, and the patient’s death.
    • $2.1 million: Breech baby delivered vaginally at Ingalls Hospital was stuck in the birth canal for 25 minutes. The baby died 2 years later from complications resulting from this difficult labor.
    • $2.4 million: 26 year-old woman was admitted to Columbus Hospital with known viral encephalitis. Medical personnel at Columbus Hospital failed to properly monitor electrolytes resulting in SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone) induced hyponatremia with resultant brain edema, herniation, cardiac arrest, and death.
    • $2.6 million: 14-year-old girl was brought to the University of Illinois at Chicago with breathing problems, lack of appetite, and history of blood in her sputum. After being treated and released, she was readmitted the following day. Doctors diagnosed pneumonia and advised that there was a hole in her lung. She did not survive the resulting surgery.
    • $3.7 million: Following routine out-patient bunionectomy, orthopedic surgeon prescribed an excessive dose of extra-strength Vicodin. After ingesting the Vicodin as prescribed for three days, the 38-year-old suffered liver failure from Tylenol component of Vicodin and died.
    • $4.05 million: 43-year-old woman suffered an eye injury to her left orbital floor in a car accident.  Plastic surgeon incorrectly placed titanium mesh and screws into the eye area. Patient suffered nerve entrapment and later required surgery to remove the plate and screws. She continues to suffer from left-sided facial pain and takes pain medication.
    • $5.582 million: 5-1/2 month-old girl received an overdose of 3% sodium chloride at Roseland Hospital, resulting in a permanent brain injury.
    • $6 million: Obstetrician failed to proceed with delivery in response to subtle irregularities in fetal monitor tracing.  Infant was born oxygen deprived and was subsequently diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy.
    • $11.4 million: While undergoing a cervical fusion revision at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a 53-year old man sustained injury to his cervical cord. He was rendered a ventilator dependent quadriplegic for 2 years and subsequently died from his injuries.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Illinois, B.S., 1978

    Industry Groups

    • AAJ
    • CBA
    • ITLA
    • Society Of Trial Attorneys
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    Office Location for Michael P. Cogan

    1 East Wacker Drive
    Suite 510
    Chicago, IL 60601

    Phone: 312-477-2500

    Fax: 312-477-2501

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