Chicago-based attorney Joseph A. Power Jr. is one of the most celebrated medical malpractice and personal injury litigators in the United States. With over forty years of practice, Mr. Power has obtained more than 200 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including the largest jury verdict in Illinois history. He is a founding partner at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., where he has been recognized by organizations such as Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers®, and Chicago Lawyer Magazine for his leadership and inimitable success both inside and outside the courtroom.
Having never lost a single medical malpractice trial, Mr. Power’s unmatched success in law stems from a lifelong interest in the field. The son of a judge, he developed ambitions to become a lawyer at a young age. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mr. Power enrolled in law school at Loyola University after earning his Bachelor of Arts with high honors in government and international relations from Notre Dame. Looking back, he recalls it was during his time as a law student that he discovered a passion for medical malpractice and personal injury law:
I was working as a clerk in law school with a very accomplished attorney, John Hayes. I saw how much he enjoyed helping people and I knew that I wanted to follow his example. I was attracted to medical malpractice and personal injury law because it was a way for me to help individuals take on corporate giants and recover the money that they deserve.
After completing his Juris Doctor in 1977, it didn’t take long for Mr. Power to establish himself as one of the top litigators in his field. At twenty-eight, he became the youngest lawyer in the country to obtain a jury verdict in excess of a million dollars for his client in a case he tried alone, after an initial offer to settle for $75,000 was declined.
In the decades since, Mr. Power has continued to rack up a long list of million-dollar verdicts and settlements. Many of these have been landmark cases, such as a famous trucking case in which he won a recovery of $100 million and which ultimately led to seventy-six criminal convictions, including the former Governor of Illinois in the “licenses for bribes” scandal. Throughout his career, Mr. Power has won over one billion dollars on behalf of people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
Mr. Power complements his trial success with his influence in the world outside the courtroom. Over the years, he has served in numerous leadership positions with prominent legal organizations such as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, among many others. Notably, he served on the Chairman's Advisory Council of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1994.
As one of the top minds in medical malpractice and personal injury law, Mr. Power has written and spoken extensively on a broad range of topics and has also lectured to law students at the University of Chicago. Offering words of wisdom to aspiring attorneys, he comments:
As a litigator, it’s important to know how to pick the people who are going to sit on a jury. You always have to pay attention to what people might be thinking. You need to be able to gauge how they feel about things such as sitting on a jury or awarding money for damages.
More than four decades into his career, Mr. Power continues to practice at a level that leads his field. He recently won yet another case with a verdict nearing $100 million and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Looking to the future, Mr. Power intends to be a fierce advocate for his clients for many years to come.