For the 6th year in a row, Michael Cogan has beed appointed co-chair of the ITLA Medical Negligence Committee.
The committee will continue to work aggressively on projects initiated in previous years. They will also address other issues that will enable ITLA to further serve its membership such as suggestions for seminar topics and needed membership services.
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)
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