Roger Wotila

Roger Wotila

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Cadillac, MI

McCurdy Wotila & Porteous, PC
 | 120 West Harris Street, Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-775-1391
Fax: 231-775-0972
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish

About Roger Wotila

Admitted: 1971, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Ford Foundation (Foreign Area Fellowship), 1970
  • Fulbright recipient (chose Ford Foundation instead), 1971

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • One of four founding members of Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance program, now Migrant Legal Aid. In the initial program we brought Federal action to enforce Federal labor laws. 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Successful representation of foster parent wrongfully placed on statewide social service abuse registry. This case took almost two years of witness interviews, research, administrative trials and appeals. Final dismissal acheived in 2016, 2016
  • Was a founding member of a local residential  halfway house for young offenders
  • Defended free speech matter when a local film guild was initially barred from presenting a movie, The Tin Drum, at a public venue.  Prevailed in an injunctive action in the Michigan Wexford County Circuit Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Taught Criminal Appellate Practice as well as legal research at the University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan Law School, adjunct professor and lecturer
  • Presenter and panelist with the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education. I.C.L.E
  • Presenter and panelist with Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.


  •   High six  figure settlement in trucking accident case.   Defendant trucking company had based its defense on comparative negligence during a snowstorm.  We were able to establish through expert witnesses and  discovery that the defendant driver was in violation of several Federal HOS  hours of service) regulations.      , 2014
  • Successful representation of a citizen against a public official for wrongful removal from a Civil Service Board.  After prevailing in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the governmental authority reinstated the citizen. Reported:  Cadillac v. Jim Blackburn 306 Mich App 512   , 2013
  • 2.3 million dollar trucking accident. , 2007
  • 1.3 million dollar construction site accident.  , 2009
  • Multi million dollar settlement in complicated estate litigation. Adult step children had been disinhereted from an elderly woman's will and trust documents. Hundreds of hours of interviewing witnesses and doctors proved that new beneficiaries had placed "undue influence"  upon her in the late stages of her  life while she was in failing health. 2014-2015, 2015
  •  Successfully defended criminal negligent driving case resulting in injury by invoking a defense of intervening cause. , 2016
  • Acquittals in two separate trials of a doctor accused of improper sexual contact with two patients. High publicity cases.  Defense focused in the first case of the fact that the patient only "felt" the touching while in the lithotomy position, and was prone to overreaction. The touching could be explained by a normal "valsalva maneuver" during a gynocological exam.  The second case focused both on the valsalva maneuver as well as a "copy cat" complaint. 
  • 2012:   2.3 Million auto/truck settlement, 2012
  • Six figure recovery from auto accident where husband witnessed wife tragically killed in a car accident.  Conventional wisdom in Michigan has been that "bystander recovery" or "negligent infliction of emotional distress" is no longer viable after tort reform.  We prevailed by researching and briefing the issue, maintaining that such recovery is available if the "emotinal distress" results in objective symptoms., 2015
  • Six figure settlement for young mother killed in car crash by drug impaired driver.  Defendant driver's insurance company had refused recovery based upon Michigan tort reform provision barring tort recovery for an uninsured driver, regardless of fault.  We briefed the issue, maintaining that the bar only applied to non economic damages based upon a classic statutory construction argument and prevailed., 2015
  • High publicity successful criminal defense of crewman on a great lakes freighter accused of stabbing the chief engineer in a dark stateroom while at sea.  Defense focused on the inherent unreliability of eyewitness identification.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Received both Fulbright Grant and Foreign Area Fellowshop grants to work and teach in Colombia, South America.  Chose the Foreign Area Fellowshop (Ford Foundation) project and taught law and urban development at the Universidad de los Andes (in spanish).  
  • Awarded Outstanding Criminal Defense recognition from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan Law School, 1970
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Office Location for Roger Wotila

120 West Harris Street
Cadillac, MI 49601

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Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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