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If you have suffered an injury in an accident or lost a loved one because of another person's negligence, call the personal injury attorneys who, for decades, have made a difference to thousands of people throughout the Chicago region. Call Cogan & Power, P.C., Attorneys at Law - The professional expertise you need; the personal attention you deserve.

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Our attorneys have litigated complex injury and medical malpractice cases in both federal and state court.

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Attorney Cogan Power

Michael Cogan, Founding Partner

Michael P. Cogan is a trial attorney who spends his days in the courtrooms of Illinois fighting for victims' rights. His law firm, Cogan and Power, P.C., Attorneys at Law, has obtained over $250 million on behalf of injured people.

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Areas of Practice :

Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury,
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

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Cogan & Power News & Events


Michael Cogan is Featured Speaker at ITLA Medical Malpractice SeminarITLA logo

     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

Michael Cogan     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

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 

who recently received the honor of becoming Designated Legal Counsel for SMART Union’s Transportation Division.

George Brugess Wins $33 Million Verdict for Rail Worker

Represented by George Brugess of Cogan & Power P.C., a railroad worker received a $33 million verdict after he was crushed by a train. On an Easter Sunday morning, a railroad conductor switching cars in the Rock Island yard of Iowa Interstate Railroad was struck by a train. He sustained massive degloving to his upper thighs and lower abdomen, fractures to his pelvis and both legs, and subsequent surgical amputation of both legs. (Read the story in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

John Power Featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine

John Power of Cogan and Power was profiled and interviewed by Chicago Lawyer Magazine in a recent issue. The article ran in an ongoing column called The Life of P.I. where the magazine takes a look at Personal Injury from some of the field’s next frontrunners. (Read the article in Chicago Lawyer Magazine)

Thomas Murphy Secures $100,000 For Son of Murdered Couple

Thomas Murphy won a favorable decision for the son of a West Rogers Park couple murdered in 1983. The case was again brought to the forefront when the murderer, a man serving life in prison was awarded a $100,000 reparation for his claims he was tortured by Chicago police. Because of Murphy’s efforts, that money will go directly to the surviving son of the couple he killed so long ago. (Read the article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

John Power and George Brugess Receive 2016 Trial Lawyer Excellence award

The plaque is inscribed “In Recognition of Successful Representation of Your Clients”

The plaque is inscribed “In Recognition of Successful Representation of Your Clients”

George T. Brugess and John M. Power of Cogan & Power PC each received a 2016 Trial Lawyer Excellence award from the Jury Verdict Reporter for having the highest reported Illinois verdict for a heel injury. The $22.47 million verdict was handed down in the case of a 51st Street railroad yard conductor whose heal was torn off when two railroad cars collided on what was supposed to be parallel tracks.

The 7th Annual JVR Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence, hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, took place on October 19th at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. More than 300 trial attorneys and judges were in attendance for the reception and awards ceremony. The program recognized superior outcomes and record verdicts achieved by individuals and teams of trial lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense bars. (Read Article in The Jury Verdict Reporter)

Michael Cogan at John Marshall Law School

Michael Cogan speaks to his Deposition Practicum
students at the John Marshall Law School where he is an
Adjunct Professor.
Railroad Conductor Injures Knee – Cogan & Power Win Appeal

The plaintiff, a locomotive conductor, brought suit under the federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) against his employer, defendant, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, to recover damages for an injury he allegedly suffered at work when he attempted to step up onto the bottom step of a locomotive and pull himself up and his knee gave out. Both sides filed motions for summary judgment. After a hearing, the trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and denied plaintiff’s. The plaintiff appealed and in the appellate court proceedings Cogan & Power attorneys convinced the appellate court to reverse the judgment of the circuit court of Knox County and remand the case to the trial court for further proceedings. (Read the opinion of the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District)

Power settles $3.8 wrongful death case against hospital and staff

John Power secured $3.80 Million for the estate of a man who died after doctors inserted a feeding tube into one of his lungs. The radiologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center failed to identify and report an incorrectly placed feeding tube in the patient’s right lung before they began feeding him. The remainder of the staff failed to identify and correct the problem, causing his death. The estate settled its wrongful death suit for $3.8 million. (Read the Article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

Michael Cogan on Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Fallout of decision will land on plaintiffs

The Illinois Supreme Court just made it even harder to take tough cases—or what some plaintiff attorneys might refer to as “holy cause” cases: Those cases that make us proud to be lawyers serving the proverbial tired, poor and huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.

While our justice system is much maligned, particularly on the criminal side, the contingency fee structure has served as a beacon, allowing victims of personal injury from all socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to our nation’s courts. (Read full Article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

Cogan & Power was a major sponsor of The New Trier Township Volunteer Center Annual Recognition Event.

Cogan & Power was a major sponsor of The New Trier Township Volunteer Center Annual Recognition Event.
Cogan & Power was a major sponsor of The New Trier Township Volunteer Center Annual Recognition Event.

John Power secures $4.1 Million for woman injured in school parking lot incident

$4 Million for a Joliet school official who suffered a spinal injury when she was dragged alongside a truck following a delivery. The assistant principal was arguing with the driver about delivering equipment to the wrong part of the school. The driver started to drive his truck away while she was leaning through his open driver-side window. She was pulled 10 to 20 feet and struck her face and head on the side of the truck… (Read the article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

Michael Cogan Appointed Adjunct Professor

Michael Cogan has been appointed “Adjunct Professor of Law” at his alma mater, John Marshall Law School. He will be teaching Trial Advocacy in the spring of 2015.

Cogan’s Corner

“Cogan’s Corner” is a monthly editorial written by Michael Cogan published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. To read recent Cogan’s Corner articles click here.

Medical Malpractice and the FTCA: the statute of repose trap

Consider this a heads up. With courts around the nation divided, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sprung the trap; state statutes of repose on medical-malpractice cases can serve as a bar to Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) claims on behalf of an unwitting plaintiff who has followed the procedural steps dictated by the statute… (Read the entire article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)


ITLA Board of Governor’s, Medical Negligence Committee

Michael Cogan assigned to the medical negligence committee of the Board of Governors for Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.


Cogan and Power elected to the ITLA Board of Governors

John Power and and Michael Cogan have been unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.


Michael Cogan Settles $3.2 Million Wrongful Death Suit with Hospital and Physicians

The husband of a woman who died from complications after a hysterectomy has received a $3.2 million settlement in Cook County Circuit Court….The patient, her abdomen rigid and swollen, was readied for surgery. A hole was discovered in her colon, which allowed fecal matter and gastric liquids to seep into her abdominal cavity after the hysterectomy.
(Read the Article in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)


John Power Settles $6.99 Million case on Behalf of Victim Run Over in Shipyard.

Cook County, IL, March 24, 2012- In a case that was resolved during trial in Cook County Circuit Court, a 46-year old man who was run over by a tractor three years ago at a Will County shipping yard will receive a $6.99 million settlement as compensation for his injuries.



The Battle of the Badges, 2013

Cogan & Power, P.C. would like to congratulate the Chicago Firefighters and Police Officers on their successful Charity Boxing Exhibition Friday, April 5th. The 11th annual Battle of the Badges raised money for police and firefighter charities such as Ignite the Spirit, Fire Chaplin’s Ministries, Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Fireman’s Windows and Children’s Assistance Funds. (View the advertisements)

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