The nation’s top court will not take up a record-breaking railroad injury case from Cook County.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a railroad’s argument that the $21.4 million verdict for a conductor whose heel was sheared off between two train cars was premised on a misleading jury instruction.
John M. Power and George T. Brugess, partners at Cogan and Power P.C., represented the plaintiff, Michael Parsons. They said in a joint interview Monday that the judge gave the instruction because the defense essentially tried to argue Parsons “assumed the risk” of the job.
“They opened the door, ran right through it, then complained to us that we were availing ourselves of the jury instruction that countered that when they raised it,” Brugess said.
Power said the defense had long odds of getting any case to the high court, let alone one that turned more on facts than law.
“They were trying to create a square peg and put it in a round hole,” Power said. “They tried to say this is a conceptual problem versus a factual problem.”
They both said the railroad’s own training video instructed conductors to ride the train cars and that their client “felt like he was finally vindicated” Monday after the high court turned down the appeal. Parsons still works for the railroad, his attorneys said.
(Read the Article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
Attorney Michael Terranova, guest speaker at the 35th Regular Convention of the Transportation Communications Union/IAM which was held in Las Vegas, beginning July 24, 2018.
One of Chicago’s leading medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys, Michael Cogan (’81) has used his passion and expertise to earn a reputation, and multi-million-dollar verdicts, as a fierce victim’s advocate. Considered one of the top 100 trial attorneys in the nation, Cogan still finds time to support JMLS as an adjunct professor, member of the Board of Visitors, and donor. We’re grateful for the time he took to offer reflections on his career and alma mater.
Written by The John Marshall Law School | Apr 30, 2018
JMLS: You are one of Chicago’s leading trial attorneys, advocating for victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. What lead you to pursue these practice areas?
Cogan: I have had an interest in medicine since accompanying my dad on rounds at the University of Chicago as a teenager. My first job after law school was Associate General Counsel at Michael Reese Hospital, where I had opportunities to watch every kind of surgery you can imagine, as well as numerous autopsies. When I entered private practice two years later, I had a working knowledge of medicine that surpassed most of my more-experienced peers.
I spent nine years with a prestigious local firm where my practice was devoted to plaintiff’s medical malpractice. While at the firm, I worked hard to develop a stable of experts from around the country with whom I still work with today. I love medicine, and, most importantly, after 34 years in private practice, I have never seen the same fact pattern twice.
Finally, the clients I represent need my help, and I have worked hard to hone skills that enable me to help those in need.
(Read the entire interview with Michael Cogan)
On Friday, December 8, 2017, Michael Cogan was one of the featured speakers at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar held at Westin River North. The all-day seminar is held twice each year. Mr. Cogan’s presentation focused on “Deposing the Defense”. Click here to view the seminar agenda
On September 13, 2017 Chicago injury attorney Michael Cogan was appointed to be one of 25 members on the John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors by Dean Darby Dickerson. The Board of Visitors is comprised of distinguished alumni and friends including federal judges, partners at highly respected law firms, professors, and other respected individuals. It is Mr. Cogan’s honor to accept the appointment and he looks forward to fulfilling his duties as a member.
The John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors contributes substantially to decisions on a number of matters affecting the law school. Its role is to create solutions regarding infrastructure challenges, address the concerns of faculty, students, alumni, parents and friends of John Marshall Law School, resolve a wide range of issues and challenges faced by the school, and strengthen and support the school’s educational goals, academic programs and financial resources. Mr. Cogan will attend his first meeting as a member of the Board of Visitors on the evening of October 26, 2017 and will spend all day on October 27, 2017 in conference with the board as well.
As a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1981, Michael Cogan concentrates his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury. He is an active member of the legal community and is continuously placed amongst the highest profile, most successful attorneys in Illinois. Because of his considerable legal knowledge and skill, Mr. Cogan is often sought out to speak at important events and professional conferences including:
Mr Cogan looks forward to applying his exceptional knowledge and experience to his role as a member of the John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a preventable medical error, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Cogan & Power, P.C. at (312) 477-2500 to learn more about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.