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Michael Cogan Q&A for John Marshall Law School Alumni Profile

attorney Michael CoganAlumni Profile: Michael P. Cogan (’81)

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)

Michael Cogan is Featured Speaker at ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar
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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

Michael Cogan Appointed to the John Marshall Law Board of Visitors
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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:

  • Invited Panelist in 2012, Law Bulletin Annual Judges Symposium.
  • Invited Speaker on Voir Dire, Law Bulletin Jury Management Conference in 2010
  • Invited Speaker for the Law Bulletin Publishing Company Litigation Series, Arbitration and Mediation.
  • Invited Speaker for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Special Ethical Considerations in Handling Medical Malpractice Cases.
  • Invited Speaker for How Not to Get Sued, University of Illinois at Chicago Third-Year Resident Retreat.
  • Invited Speaker for Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society.
  • Invited Speaker for Issues in Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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.

John Power and George Brugess Earn a $22.47 Million Award for Injured Rail Yard Worker
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Cogan & Power, P.C. attorneys John Power and George Brugess represented the plaintiff in his suit against Norfolk Southern under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act—the exclusive remedy for railroad workers injured on the job. The plaintiff, a 30-year-old conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad Co., was reorganizing railroad cars. The switches in the area where he was working had been replaced recently, narrowing the distance between two previously parallel tracks. As Parsons was riding on the side of a rail car, it collided with another car parked on an adjacent track, shearing off his left heel. (Read the Article in Trial-Spotlight) (Read the Article in the American Association for Justice publication)

Update: This verdict was upheld on appeal in the First District in August of 2018.

Congratulations to Michael C. Terranova
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who recently received the honor of becoming Designated Legal Counsel for SMART Union’s Transportation Division.

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.