James Power

Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P.
70 W Madison St Ste 5500
Chicago, IL 60602

In November of 2016, Mr. Power joined the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, and he primarily focuses his practice in the area of personal injury and wrongful death including:

Medical malpractice
Automotive accidents
Trucking negligence
Products liability
Premises liability
Other professional malpractice
In addition, Mr. Power assists Mr. Devon Bruce in pursuing environmental claims on behalf of home-rule cities and small towns across the State of Illinois.

Experience & A Strong Track Record of Success

Since joining the firm, Mr. Power has already successfully argued multiple motions brought by defendants that sought to defeat our client's claims.

These successes include:

A motion to dismiss our client's products liability count in a case involving a severe crushing injury to a truck driver, which was denied in November of 2016
A motion for summary judgment brought by the defendant hospital in a wrongful death medical malpractice case, which was denied in January of 2017
A motion to dismiss based on the Contact Sports Exception in a case involving a high school cheerleader who suffered a concussion during her team's competition, which was denied in February of 2017.
Mr. Power has extensive experience in the areas of pre-trial motion practice and pre-trial litigation, including the taking and defending of expert and fact witness depositions.


R. M. v. Metal-Matic Inc.

(2017) Personal Injury, Trucking, Double leg Amputee:

Power Rogers & Smith attorneys Joseph Power, Jr. and James Power recently secured a $95,477,464 million jury verdict for our client who suffered massive leg injuries that required a double above-the-knee amputation in 2014. Our client, a truck driver, was transporting carbon steel tubing. The crane operator at the delivery location attempted to unload the cargo, but because the tubing was improperly stacked and configured for unloading, one bundle of the tubing rolled out and crushed his legs, lacerating his right popliteal artery and fracturing his fibula and tibia. His right knee was amputated above the knee, and after his left leg developed a fungal infection, the doctors had to amputate that one above the knee as well.

JURY VERDICT: $95,477,464.00

R.L. v. Allied Barton

(2017) Wrongful Death, Negligent Security:

The Plaintiffs worked for a law firm in the large office building located at 500 West Madison Street. Allied Barton provided Security Services to the building. On December 8, 2006, a former client of the firm's entered the 500 West Madison office building armed with a revolver, chain, padlock, hunting knife, and hammer in order to seek out and kill one of the attorneys who he mistakenly believed had wronged him. After loitering in the building's lobby and being turned away by the security desk, the former client was permitted access to the law firm, located on an upper-level floor, by Allied Barton security. Once he had gained access to the law firm, he shot and killed three individuals and injured the fourth. Joseph A. Power, Jr. represented the Estate of M.M. and recovered $14.6 million for his client. Larry R. Rogers, Jr. represented the Estate of A.H. and secured an $11 million verdict for his client. James Power represented R.L. and secured a $5 million verdict.

JURY VERDICT: $33,400,000.00

Bennie Wood, et al., v. Navistar Inc., formerly known as International Truck and Engine Corp., et al., 14 L 10457

Power Rogers & Smith attorneys Joseph A. Power Jr., as lead counsel, and Sean M. Houlihan and James Power recently obtained a $21.6 million dollar verdict on behalf of a truck driver and his wife. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury after a defectively designed grab handle on his truck broke and caused him to fall. The case involved many disputes about jurisdiction and where the case was to be heard, and was recently featured in an article published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

JURY VERDICT: $21,600,000.00

U.H. v. Gidwitz

Breach of contract: After a complex trial, a Cook County Judge ordered Ron Gidwitz, Donald Trump's Illinois finance committee Chairman, to pay his former attorneys $5.7 million in unpaid legal fees. Judge Patrick Foran Lustig ruled that Gidwitz breached his contract with Ungaretti & Harris by refusing to pay fair and reasonable legal fees incurred on his behalf. Co-counsel Joseph A. Power, Jr.

VERDICT: $5,700,000.00


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2016
B.A., University of Arizona, 2012

Mr. Power grew up in the City of Chicago, on the City's Northside, prior to attending the University of Arizona where he studied history and political science. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in 2012, Mr. Power attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law. During his time at Loyola, Mr. Power focused his studies in the areas of civil litigation and trial advocacy, while working full time as a law clerk for Power Rogers & Smith. In 2016, Mr. Power received his JD from Loyola as well as a certificate of merit from the school's trial advocacy program.

Admitted Practice

Illinois State Bar, 2016
United States District Court For The Northern District Of Illinois, 2016


Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Association For Justice
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019
TopVerdict Top 10 Verdicts and the fourth-largest plaintiff / cross-claimant verdict in the state of Illinois in 2017 - $85.9 million jury verdict